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Mindful In May – Meditating For A Cause

By May 9, 2015Well Being

image of man meditating with text be mindful in may

Have you heard of Mindful In May?

A couple of weeks ago, one of the lovely girls that I work with mentioned that she had registered for a Meditation Program that was being held in May. I was intrigued by this as I have wanted to start meditating for quite some time but didn’t really know where to start.

As things sometimes go, the conversation then slipped my mind in the midst of everything else I’m always busy doing.  All of a sudden I realised we were nearly a week into May already! Argh!

Worried that I’d missed the boat I quickly checked out the website to see if I could still register.

Luckily for me they had extended registration until the 10th May so I signed up on the spot!

Mindful In May is a program that is designed to encourage people to meditate for 10 mins a day, every day during May. The aim is to create a habit of mindfulness.  I love the idea of a worldwide movement encouraging people to meditate and become more mindful.

Mindful Meditation is a form of training for your brain. It supports the mind to become more clear, focused and therefore more effective. Mindful Mediation is the practice of bringing your full attention to the present moment within yourself.

In a world that is so fast paced and where people pride themselves on being busy and constantly multi-tasking, taking a break and training your attention into the present moment can be a pretty radical act.

Regular practice of Mindful Meditation can lead to:

  • Enhanced mental performance through structural changes in the brain.
  • Reduction of stress and the negative impacts stress causes on the body and mind
  • An improvement in your physical and mental well being
  • Enhanced Immune Function
  • Reduced genetic aging due to the protective impact of gene expression and degeneration
  • Increased Happiness 🙂

Can you imagine how much of an effect there could be globally if everyone meditated for just 10 minutes a day?

During the Mindful In May program, participants are sent an email each day containing audio of a guided meditation to follow along with. There is a small fee of $30.00 to cover the cost of the course.

What particularly piqued my interest though was that not only would I be creating a healthy habit of meditating, and at 10 minutes a day this fell into my acceptable level of commitment, but it was also raising funds for a very important cause.

Charity Water is a Not for Profit Organisation who donate 100% of funds raised to Clean Water Projects in developing countries. One in nine people do not have access to clean water. This fact astounded me!

I live in South Australia which is the driest state in the country and we often have water restrictions imposed during summer. I admit to at times feeling a little disappointed about not being able to water my garden as much as I’d care to, however when you compare this to the plight of all of those people who don’t have access to clean water for drinking or bathing, it’s clear that something needs to be done!

I wholeheartedly support this cause and so I have made a donation myself on top of the fee I paid for the meditation course. I would love to raise awareness which is what prompted me to write this article and I would love it even more if I could raise some funds for Charity Water.

If you have a few spare bucks that you could donate I would love you to visit my Charity Water collection page via this link:

https://www.mycause.com.au/page/101828/tonieverard

You can also find out more about the cause here:

http://www.mindfulinmay.org

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my article.

Even if you do not currently have the ability to donate, I hope you can take away something from this article that inspires you to become more mindful and raise awareness of this fantastic cause.

I would be thrilled to know that I have inspired others to start meditating as well and if you enjoyed this article, please take the time to share it with the share buttons below.

Maybe you could inspire others to start meditating and clearing their minds for a more mindful and peaceful future for all.

P.S. I am happy to report that Day 1 mindful meditation went extremely well! Apart from my cat jumping on my lap mid meditation and scaring the crap out of me, the 10 minutes went really fast and the guided meditation audio really helped to bring my focus in. I love it! 🙂

Author Toni

Toni Everard has a gift for motivating and inspiring change in others. Having overcome many of her own life challenges Toni left her previous career in banking and finance to fulfil her desire to contribute more to the world. Now as a Coach, Therapist, Educator and Speaker Toni works with individuals and groups to create transformational change and empower those who want to create more in life for themselves and those they care about.

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Join the discussion 8 Comments

  • Tracey L Smith says:

    I’m a meditater from way back and I love the feeling of a clear mind. I will be joining you on this wonderful n journey and I would love to donate to such a great cause.

    • Toni Everard says:

      That’s great that you have been meditating for so long Tracey! Well done 🙂 I’m so glad I’ve started, love it! Thank you so much for your wonderful donation! Charity Water are doing such an important job and your donation will ensure more people have access to clean water. You’re a gem Tracey, thank you 🙂

  • Nik Nekeare says:

    wow more value for the growing mind, heart n soul

  • Love the idea of the charity water…. clean water is something we all take for granted when there are so many people all over the world without it! I am actually doing something similar to Mindful May – I have just started a 21 day manifestation challenge! thanks for sharing this with us 🙂

    • Toni Everard says:

      Ooh 21 Day manifestation challenge sounds intriguing Rachel! I’d love to hear more about that. Yes it’s hard to imagine living without such a basic necessity as clean water. I’m really pleased to be able to spread the word and raise funds for this fantastic cause. 🙂

  • What a wonderful cause to support Toni, and you are benefitting from the daily meditation as well. A perfect win-win situation. The plight of so many people who live under the most appalling conditions makes us realise how lucky we are and how much we tend to take for granted. P.S. I had to laugh at the vision of your cat landing in your lap. Mine liked to sit on my back or stomach when I was in the middle of doing yoga exercises! Must be a cat thing 😉 I will check out your Charity Water Collection page as well…..

    • Toni Everard says:

      Thanks Linda, I’m so pleased I found this program. The meditation has been wonderful for me, I find it especially helpful when I wake up in the middle of the night as I often do with all the ideas I have buzzing around in my mind! Haha yes cats love to be right with you don’t they? And thank you so much for your donation Linda! Every bit helps and I really appreciate your support. Charity Water are doing such a wonderful thing with their water projects. Everyone should have access to clean water and thanks to people like yourself, we can make that a reality for more people. 🙂

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