First published on 26 Mar 2013. Updated on 19 Feb 2014.
Slow down for ten minutes a day, change the world. That’s the motivation behind Dr Elise Bialylew’s month-long event, Mindful in May.
According to Bialylew, MIM focuses on innovation (“it’s combining meditation and philanthropy” that benefits the charity Clean Water), attention (“just like going to the gym and training your muscles, it’s training your mind to be more fit”), and contribution (“donate whatever you feel and spread your mindfulness ripple throughout the world”). Since being launched last year it’s reached 12 countries and amassed $30,000 of donations.
What’s in it for you? Well, team members in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane curate a daily email and host events. (Look out for #instameditate on Instagram.) Bialylew views the program from a medical perspective: “When you look at the research, for me as a doctor it had such an impact. The way your brain looks on an MRI when you meditate regularly is different. Of course, the main thing is how you feel.”
Never meditated before? No worries. Can only meditate five days a week? Fine. Feel like starting off for just a fortnight? That’s cool, too. Set your own target on your personal fundraising page – and remember, “If people miss a day here or there, it’s not the end of the world.”
Says Bialylew: “Suspend judgement, give it a go and see what you can discover for yourself." Clear your mind for ten minutes a day and see what a difference it can make.
HOW TO DO IT
1. Sign up on mindfulinmay.org
2. Pay the $10 registration fee
3. Create your fundraising page
4. Pass the link onto friends and family
5. Start meditating and collecting donations