When my doctor told me I should start meditating, I felt I had to listen. Here he was, a middle-aged Australian physician working at a public hospital, looking as conservative as could be. When I told him I had a fast heartbeat, he said I could either do tons of exercise — or practice yoga and meditation. “I haven’t ever meditated,” I told him, glancing over the times I’d done guided meditations, or that one time I spent on the floor of a stranger’s house in a paroxysm of laughter. (Yup, it was a laughter meditation session.) “What do you mean, you don’t meditate?” he asked, incredulous. It was his look, disapproving yet encouraging, that made me want to try it.
And what better excuse to start than with a meditation campaign a friend of mine is running throughout the month of May? That’s right — the stars could not have aligned better.
Called Mindful in May, its mission is to simultaneously get people to stop, pause, and meditate for ten minutes a day — all the while raising funds to build wells in impoverished nations.
I was lucky enough to interview Elise for Time Out Melbourne. Check out my article by clicking on the photo:
In a nutshell, here’s what it’s all about:
According to [Dr. Elise] Bialylew, MIM focuses on innovation (“it’s combining meditation and philanthropy” that benefits the charity charity: 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 does this mean for my foray into the world of meditation? Well, I think I can commit to ten minutes a day for a month — plus the daily emails with prompts are going to help. Having a community of people is going to be good, too: there are already 1,500 people signed up around the globe, with a whopping
$45,000 $57,000 raised. And today’s only the first day of the program! I’m fortunate that I’m not going it alone — my friends Chris and Alex, both in Melbourne, are on my team. Because I haven’t done anything like this before — I’ve never run a race for charity, I’ve certainly never solicited funds for giving up alcohol for a month, as some of you creatures have done — this is going to be an interesting journey, one that I hope you’ll help me complete.
So yeah. You. Remember that time I donated to your cause? It’s about time you helped me out! DONATE TO MY TEAM HERE!
(Any of you are free to join my team as well if you, too, want to meditate to change the world. Registrations are open until 10pm on May 4th.)
And with that, I’m off to do my first meditation of the month. I’ll keep you updated on Twitter and Facebook of my, and my team’s, progress!