Mindful In May

Create a habit of mindfulness. 10 minutes of meditation a day for 31 days. Learn to meditate with guidance from experts in the field while raising funds for clean water projects.

So far we’ve raised $267,820.90 towards clean water projects

Started May 1st 4 days to go

Registrations for 2015 have closed. Join our mailing list for mindful tips and event updates.

What is Mindful in May?

It takes just 10 minutes a day to bring more focus and effectiveness into your daily life. Join a global community of people bringing mindfulness meditation into their lives and making a positive impact on the lives of others.

The Challenge

Step 1
Step 1

To meditate for 10 minutes a day for the month of May as either a team (invite your friends!) or individual. You’ll receive access to the one month online course. Registration is $30 which gets you access to the one month online course starting May 1st. (nb. this fee is not a donation, but enables us to run Mindful in May each year)

Step 2
Step 2

Tell you friends and family you’re taking the challenge and ask them to sponsor you! To get the ball rolling start with a $35 booster donation to yourself – that’s the amount it costs to change one life forever through giving the gift of clean water.

Step 3
Step 3

From May 1st you’ll receive your one month meditation program delivered daily to your inbox including audio guided meditations and video interviews with global experts.

Step 4
Step 4

It’s a win, win. Create more focus, clarity and calm in your life while at the same time making a real difference by bringing clean water to others.

The Program

  • Daily guidance through the e-course with clear, accessible tips on mindfulness meditation
  • Weekly audio meditations
  • Daily motivation and coaching to support your new mindful habit
  • Exclusive interviews with leaders in mindfulness across the globe
  • Your own meditation journal to track your month
  • A one month curation of inspiring content to nourish your soul and introduce you to world leaders in wellbeing
  • Healthy, quick recipes to support your wellness and inspire the practice of mindful eating

Read what participants had to say from last years challenge HERE

The Cause

One in nine people don’t have access to clean water

Each year we’re helping to fight that disturbing statistic by raising funds to build clean water projects in developing countries. The donations and sponsorship funds raised through Mindful in May will support Charity Water, a not for profit organisation that donates 100% of funds to the water projects.

This is our impact so far…

Make your moments matter

See our project report.

Register Sponsor

 

FOUNDER: Dr Elise Bialylew

Dr Elise Bialylew

Elise Bialylew, doctor, coach and wellness innovator. She has combined her passion for community, with her professional expertise in the field of psychiatry, coaching and mindfulness to create the Mindful in May challenge.  She is passionate about using technology to create conscious communities that can make positive change in the world and has inspired thousands of people worldwide to meditate while raising money to build clean water projects in developing countries. She thrives on making ideas happen and supporting people and organisations in reaching their highest creative potential at The Mind Life Project. She has attended retreats and seminars with leaders in the field including Jon Kabat-Zinn and her work has featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times, and on Australian Television. She will be your mindful guide this May through her recorded audio meditations and exclusive interviews with global leaders in the field of Mindfulness and wellbeing.

INTERVIEWS WITH THE EXPERTS

Barbara Fredrickson
Barbara Fredrickson + Read More
BJ Fogg
BJ Fogg + Read More
David Rock
David Rock + Read More
Dr Craig Hassed
Dr Craig Hassed + Read More
Dr Jeffrey Schwartz
Dr Jeffrey Schwartz + Read More
Dr. Richard Davidson
Dr. Richard Davidson + Read More
Jonathan Fields
Jonathan Fields + Read More
Kristin Neff
Kristin Neff + Read More
Mark Coleman
Mark Coleman + Read More
Sara Lazar
Sara Lazar + Read More
Sharon Salzberg
Sharon Salzberg + Read More
Susan Kaiser Greenland
Susan Kaiser Greenland + Read More
Tara Brach
Tara Brach + Read More
Trudy Goodman
Trudy Goodman + Read More

Barbara Fredrickson
Positive Psychology Researcher

Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D. has been advancing the science of positive emotions for more than 20 years. She is currently Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she directs the PEP Lab (www.PositiveEmotions.org). Her books, Positivity (2009, Crown) and Love 2.0 (2013, Penguin) have been translated into more than 20 languages. Barb’s research, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, reveals how your positive emotions were sculpted by the discerning chisel of Darwinian natural selection to serve as life-giving nutrients for growth. Her innovative contributions have been recognized with numerous honors, including the inaugural Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology from the American Psychological Association, the Career Trajectory Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and the inaugural Christopher Peterson Gold Medal from the International Positive Psychology Association. Barb’s scientific work has influenced scholars and practitioners worldwide, in disciplines ranging from education and business to healthcare, the military, and beyond. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, NPR, PBS, The Atlantic, The Economist, Oprah Magazine and elsewhere. She has been invited to present her research at the White House and for the Dalai Lama.

BJ Fogg
Behaviour Change Researcher

Dr. BJ Fogg directs the Persuasive Tech Lab at Stanford University. A psychologist and innovator, he devotes half of his time to industry projects. His work empowers people to think clearly about the psychology of persuasion — and then to convert those insights into real-world outcomes. BJ has created a new model of human behavior change, which guides research and design. Drawing on these principles, his students created Facebook Apps that motivated over 16 million user installations in 10 weeks. He is the author of Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do, a book that explains how computers can motivate and influence people.  BJ is also the co-editor of Mobile Persuasion, as well as Texting 4 Health.

David Rock
Founder of Neuroleadership Institute

Dr. David Rock is an author and consultant who coined the term ‘NeuroLeadership’. He is a co-founder of the NeuroLeadership Institute, as well as CEO of the NeuroLeadership Group, a global human performance firm with operations in 24 countries. David is on the advisory board and faculty of the international business school CIMBA based in Italy, and a guest lecturer at Oxford University’s Said Business School. He consults with clients including NASA, Google, American Express, Mastercard, Microsoft and Accenture. David lives in New York City.

Dr Craig Hassed

Dr. Craig Hassed is an internationally recognised expert in mindfulness, who has published and presented widely.  He is senior lecturer in the Monash University Department of General Practice where he has been teaching at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels since 1989. He has been instrumental in introducing a variety of innovations into medical education and practice with an emphasis on the application of holistic, integrative and mind-body medicine in medical practice. He has written many articles and books including his latest book Mindful Learning.

Dr Jeffrey Schwartz
Psychiatrist and Author

Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D. is Research Psychiatrist at UCLA School of Medicine and a seminal thinker and researcher in the field of self-directed neuroplasticity. He is the author of over 100 scientific publications in the fields of neuroscience and psychiatry, and several popular books including You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life co-authored with Rebecca Gladding, M.D. (2011), as well as The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force (2002), and Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior (1997). Dr. Schwartz has been featured nationally on prominent TV shows, including Oprah, and Today Show.

Dr. Richard Davidson

Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine, Dr Richard Davidson, PhD., is a researcher at the University of Wisconsin and a pioneer in the exciting frontier of mind-body medicine. His best-known work focuses on neuroplasticity, the capacity of the brain to develop and change throughout life. His latest book is The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live--and How You Can Change Them.    

Jonathan Fields

Jonathan Fields is a New York City dad, husband and lawyer turned award-winning author, media-producer and entrepreneur. His last book, Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel For Brilliance was named the top personal development book in 2011 by 800-CEO-READ. Jonathan’s current focus, Good Life Project, is a global movement that inspires, educates, connects and supports mission-driven individuals in the quest to live better, more engaged, connected and aligned lives.

Kristin Neff

Kristin Neff, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Human Development at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneering researcher into the psychological health benefits of self-compassion. She is the author of Self-Compassion: Step-by-Step, and is featured in the book and documentary  The Horse Boy which tells the story of her family’s journey to Mongolia in search of healing for her son’s autism.

Mark Coleman
Meditation teacher, Writer + Poet

Mark Coleman, M.A., founder of Awake in the Wild and The Mindfulness Institute, is an internationally recognized mindfulness facilitator who has guided students on five continents to find greater peace and fulfillment through nature-based mindfulness practice and mindfulness retreats. The author of Awake in the Wild, Mark is also a corporate consultant, individual counselor, poet, wilderness guide, and outdoor adventurer.

Sara Lazar
Neuroscientist

Dr. Sara Lazar is at the cutting edge of research into the affects of meditation and yoga on brain activity and changes in brain structure. Dr. Lazar came across the benefits of yoga in 1994 when her physician encouraged her to try it after she sustained an injury to her knee and back while training for the Boston marathon. After only a few weeks of practice she started to notice an improvement to her injuries. Her scientific curiosity led her to switch disciplines from microbiology to neuroscience research at Harvard University. She has since made breakthrough discoveries using neuroimaging to examine the impact of yoga and meditation on brain activity and structure.

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg has been a student of Buddhism since 1971, and has led meditation classes and retreats worldwide since 1974. She teaches both intensive awareness practice and the profound cultivation of loving kindness and compassion in a non-sectarian, inclusive framework. She is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in and has written many books including Real Happiness At Work: meditations for accomplishment, achievement and peace.

Susan Kaiser Greenland

Susan Kaiser Greenland is the author of The Mindful Child and co-founder of Inner Kids. The Mindful Child, is a book for parents and professionals about how to teach the transformative techniques of mindful awareness to children and teens. The Inner Kids program includes games, activities, and songs to help kids tap into their awareness of breathing, the physical world, their inner lives and to develop their attention skills. In 2006, she was named a “Champion of Children” by First 5 LA, the largest and most influential children’s advocacy group in Los Angeles. Susan was a member of the clinical team of the Pediatric Pain Clinic at UCLA’s Mattel’s Children’s Hospital for many years, Co-Investigator on a multi-year, multi-site research study at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center/Semel Institute on the impact of mindfulness in education, and a Collaborator on an investigation of mindful eating for children and their caregivers at UC-SF.

Tara Brach
Psychologist, Author, Meditation teacher

Tara Brach, Ph. D., is a clinical psychologist and teacher of Buddhist meditation. She is the author of Radical Acceptance (Bantam, 2003) and True Refuge (Bantam, 2013.) In addition to her direct teachings, 10's of thousands of people around the world listen to her free weekly podcasts that address the value of meditation in reducing stress, relieving emotional suffering and serving spiritual awakening. Tara is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, and teaches meditation there and at centers throughout the United States. She lives by the Potomac River where she hikes with her dog, kayaks (with husband and sometimes dog) and revels in the goodness of mother nature.

Trudy Goodman

Trudy Goodman is the founder and Guiding Teacher at InsightLA. She has studied and practiced meditation since 1974 and taught retreats and workshops nationwide for many years. Trudy co-founded the first Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, in Cambridge MA. In Cambridge, Trudy had the privilege of studying developmental psychology with Jean Piaget, Lawrence Kohlberg, and Carol Gilligan. For 25 years in Cambridge, Trudy did mindfulness-based psychotherapy with children, teenagers, couples and individuals. She devoted much of her life to practicing Buddhist meditation with revered Asian and Western teachers in the Zen and Theravada traditions, including Zen Master Seung Sahn, Kobun Chino Otagawa Roshi and Maurine Stuart Roshi; Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg and others. Trudy Goodman is currently the senior Vipassana teacher in Los Angeles from the Theravada lineage of the major meditation centers where Trudy trained and teaches. Passionate about embracing both relational and transcendent perspectives, Trudy's intention for InsightLA is to welcome the fullness of our humanity, through both mainstream mindfulness and Buddhist practice.

Mindfulness

In this fast paced, hyperconnected world where multi-tasking is the norm, taking a pause and training your attention is a radical act.

Mindfulness meditation is a powerful tool that can help us upgrade our inner technology – the mind, to keep up with demands of our increasingly complex world.

Just like our bodies, our minds need training to function at their best. Mindfulness meditation is a form of mental training that supports the mind to be more focussed, clear and effective.  It’s often described as the practice of bringing your full attention, in an open, non-judgmental way to the present moment.

Mindfulness is sweeping across the globe and training has now been implemented in many different sectors including in schools, hospitals, corporations, and government.

There is now compelling evidence supporting the fact that mindfulness meditation when practised regularly, can lead to:

  • Structural changes in the brain associated with enhanced mental performance
  • Reduced stress and it’s negative impact on the body and mind
  • Improved physical and mental well being
  • Reduced genetic ageing through it’s protective impact on gene expression and degeneration
  • Increased happiness.
  • Enhanced immune function

There’s only one way to find out the benefits of meditation, give it a go!

Register Now for the challenge.

Leaderboard

Teams

Rank

Name

Money Raised

Get Involved

1

Orchard Street

$3600.00

2

TEAM AURECON

$3286.00

3

Openground

$2515.00

4

Google gPause

$2107.00

5

POWER LIVING YOGA

$1705.00

6

Mindful Muscle

$1568.00

7

Rural Clinical School of WA

$1520.00

8

The King David School

$1406.00

9

Cool Karma Collected

$1374.00

10

Rai and extended family

$1145.00

Individuals

Rank

Name

Money Raised

Get Involved

1

Alana Louise Bowden

$1765.00

2

Jason De Felice

$1240.00

3

Christina Tolstrup

$1150.00

4

Rachel Blode

$970.00

5

Lara Goodridge

$940.00

6

Gauri Yardi

$890.00

7

Steven Hunter

$820.00

8

Sara Reilly

$820.00

9

Catalina Perez

$768.00

10

Miranda Piotrovska

$730.00

Community

AMBASSADORS

Amy Crawford
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Duncan Peak
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Jack Heath
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Jacqueline Alwill
Jacqueline Alwill + Read More
Jessica Cox
Jessica Cox + Read More
Lola Berry
Lola Berry + Read More
Magda Szubanski
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Samantha Gash
Samantha Gash + Read More
Tara Bliss
Tara Bliss + Read More
The Merrymaker Sisters
The Merrymaker Sisters + Read More
Wes Carr
Wes Carr + Read More
Amy Crawford

Amy Crawford
Wellness Practitioner

When chronic fatigue syndrome put a swift end to a million-mile-an-hour corporate career, it also created the most incredible life transformation imaginable. Now free of CFS, Amy credits her return to health to a whole food, sugar/toxic free lifestyle combined with extensive energy healing and a range of therapies called CTC (Combined Therapy Cocktail) of which she is now a practitioner. Amy's blog and business The Holistic Ingredient and her whole foods eBook, A Nourishing Kitchen, combine her passion for food and cooking, toxic-free living and healing therapies.
Duncan Peak

Duncan Peak

Duncan Peak is an original pioneer of contemporary yoga in Australia and is the Founder, Master Facilitator & CEO of Power Living Australia Yoga (P.L.A.Y.). With 14-years of teaching experience behind him, he continues to share his modern-day yoga philosophy with the community. He has an anatomy background in neurospinology, completed extensive traditional yoga studies with Georg Feuerstein, practiced Raja Yoga for nearly 20 years and taught at international yoga festivals all over the world, including mother India. Smashing the traditional yoga stereotypes, it’s his creative vision and courageous spirit that has shaped what Power Living is today: one of Australia’s largest and most successful yoga communities; eight studios spanning Sydney, Melbourne and Perth; 12,000 students frequenting the studios each week; a world-class 200-500hr teacher training program which has over 1,000 graduates globally. He is author of Modern Yoga, creator of multiple yoga DVDs/CDs and launched Australia’s first virtual yoga platform, Power Living Online Yoga. Today, Duncan owns Power Living with seven other rock stars. Together and with an amazing team they run an authentic, modern and visionary business that touches and transforms the lives thousands of people each week.
Jack Heath

Jack Heath

Jack Heath is CEO of the national mental health charity SANE Australia and has been working in mental health for twenty years.  In early 1995, Jack quit his job as a Senior Adviser to Prime Minister Keating after completing a meditation retreat.   Following on from his policy work for the Prime Minister and the suicide of his young cousin, Jack established the Inspire Foundation in late 1996 with a view to using the Internet to address Australia’s then escalating rates of youth suicide, launching the ReachOut.com service.  Jack helped establish Inspire in Ireland and the United States.  He served as Inspire USA CEO in 2010-11 and was appointed to the Executive Committee of the US National Action Alliance on Suicide Prevention.  Returning to Australia in late 2011, he served for four months as a Senior Adviser to Foreign Minister Rudd before taking up the CEO role at SANE Australia.  Jack has won a number of awards for his work in mental health.  He has served on a number of mental health related boards and advisory groups and sits the Truth, Justice and Healing Council.  Despite twenty years as a Buddhist practitioner, he remains a very mediocre meditator.
Jacqueline Alwill

Jacqueline Alwill

This healthy young mum is a qualified nutritionist, and owner of one of Sydney's most in demand wholefoods catering and nutritional practices, The Brown Paper Bag. Jacqueline believes that living optimally is about finding the balance on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level, loving your body and feeling well nourished.

The Brown Paper Bag caters for the who’s who of the corporate, fashion, health and media industry, recently hosting events for Audi, YPO, Jac&Jack, Hermes, Lululemon and Bioglanamongothers.

And the sharing doesn‘t just stop there, Jacqueline is a regular health writer for RUSSH magazine, as well as contributing to Elle, Marie Claire, Sporteluxe, Dolly, Cleo and Girlfriend magazines, amidst frequent appearances on The Project and Mornings.

Jacqueline is currently busy working as an ambassador, content and recipe creator and consulting nutritionist for Bioglan Superfoods, five:am Organics and Breville Australia.

Jessica Cox

Jessica Cox

Jessica is a passionate foodie and qualified, practicing Nutritionist with a Bachelor Health Science (Nutrition), with over eight years of clinical experience. Jess is the founder and business owner of the successful Jessica Cox Nutritionist Clinic based in Brisbane, Australia. The Jessica Cox Nutritionist Clinic (JCNC) treats all fascists of health conditions, though specialises with ongoing digestive issues and food intolerances. Jess is also the creator of the Jessica Cox website and blog, which is an expression of everything she loves rolled into one, including her passion for creating recipes that catering for food intolerances. Jess is available for consultations at her clinic based in Brisbane, along with Skype and Phone consultations for national and international clients.
Lola Berry

Lola Berry
Nutritionist

Colourful, adventurous and with a healthy dose of Aussie eccentricity, Lola Berry is definitely not your average nutritionist. She blogs, tweets, writes and talks about good health and whole food, and her knack for translating the most technical information into easy-to-follow advice has made her one of Australia’s most popular nutritionists. Her book the 20/20 diet, guides readers through a 20-week process that Lola promises will help them reap major health benefits. The 20/20 Diet became the number one diet book in Australia within weeks of its release. She has been a guest nutritionist on Channel Ten’s ‘The Circle’ show and is a regular guest on TV shows such as ‘The Project’, and a contributor to numerous magazines and newspapers.
Magda Szubanski

Magda Szubanski
Actor

Magda Szubanski is one of Australia’s most loved and respected actors. She is best known for her roles’ as Mrs Hoggett in the Academy Award and Golden Globe winning film Babe and its sequel Babe: Pig In The City, and also her performance as Sharon Strzelecki in the hit television series and now feature film Kath and Kimderella. Magda teamed up with the Babe creators again to voice the box office hit Happy Feet and its’ sequel Happy Feet 2. Her other film credits include the Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Santa’s Apprentice, The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course,alongside the late Steve Irwin, Son Of The Mask, with Jamie Kennedy and Alan Cumming, and the Australian films Dr Plonk directed by Rolf de Heer and Bran Nu Dae by Rachel Perkins. Most recently she appeared in the musical comedy GODDESS alongside Ronan Keating.
Samantha Gash

Samantha Gash

From a background as a corporate lawyer, Samantha is now an endurance athlete, corporate presenter and social entrepreneur. Her thirst for adventure, experience and thrill for life has allowed her to discover what she cares about the most - achieving social change through the vehicle of adventure and running. Samantha has run through some of the most extreme and inhospitable locations on the planet. From the deserts in Chile, China, Egypt and Antarctica, to the mountains of Nepal, New Zealand, South Africa and India.
Her most recent adventure had her running 1968kms across South Africa in 32 days. She used her run as a means to raise $55K which funded a Save the Children program, supporting young women to gain access to affordable feminine hygiene products.
She is the main character to the award winning film Desert Runners, contributor and ambassador to numerous organisations and charities.
Tara Bliss

Tara Bliss

As a former hair-dresser, bungee-jumping teacher and martini shaking bartender, Tara Bliss has always loved one thing: stretching herself and others to go beyond what they think is appropriate. These days, as a coach, author and Kundalini Yogi, she’s still deeply passionate about guiding women beyond what feels reasonable, or even possible. Named a ‘self-help guru’ by ELLE magazine, her teachings have been featured in Cleo, The Sunday Mail, The Daily Love and Mind Body Green. When she’s not immersed in writing projects or enjoying her sunrise sadhana, you’ll find her playing with essential oils, planning a snowboarding trip with her man, or laughing loudly at inappropriate jokes with her soul sisters.
The Merrymaker Sisters

The Merrymaker Sisters

Emma and Carla Papas are ‘The Merrymaker Sisters’. Communication Professionals turned Health and Happiness Bloggers, Real Food Recipes Developers and Passionate Health Coaches who began blogging about finding and following their bliss. Their website themerrymakersisters.com has quick and easy recipes, wellbeing information and advice. They believe that everyone can make a positive difference and want to inspire you to take care of yourself and find your bliss because good health and happiness is infectious.
Wes Carr

Wes Carr

Wes Carr’s career has been one of significant musical success with him being crowned Australian Idol winner in 2008 and having collaborated with several musical icons over the years. Now, Wes hopes to use his music and his story of struggling with and healing his depression and anxiety to raise the vibration of the world and connect with others who may need to hear his story. Since Australian Idol Wes has worked on an award-winning side project Buffalo Tales, worked with Simon Phillips and Graeham Goble of the Little River Band to workshop a new musical about the band itself. He also wrote music for Christopher Guest’s feature film For Your Consideration and Matthew Newton’s 3 Blind Mice. Wes recently finished touring Australia playing the lead role as ‘Andy’ in a concert drama ‘Rolling Thunder Vietnam.’
Compassion becomes real
when we recognise
our shared humanity.

- Pema Chodron
The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself.
– Sogyal Rinpoche