So… I’ve been taking part in Mindful in May!
Mindful in May is a global initiative. It’s about creating a habit of mindfulness… 10 minutes of meditation a day for 31 days. You learn to meditate with guidance from experts in the field while raising funds for clean water projects and this year’s MIM raised over $275,000. How awesome is that!
I so needed this! I had dabbled in meditation here and there, mostly via yoga, but had been wanting it to become part of my every day for such a long time and this was just the kick start I needed. I signed up in a heart beat.
I started out keeping a bit of a diary of my progress, but after about day 5 or 6 just kinda forgot. Truth be known, I was a bit sporadic with my mindfulness. My2morrows both got sick, then I got sick and some days I just struggled to get ten minutes to myself without the kids or dog jumping all over me.
But one thing I learnt is to just be kind to yourself, pick it back up and keep on keeping on. So, I redeemed myself towards the end of the month and can honestly say that I plan to continue Mindful in May into June, July, August and beyond. Ok, so not every day, but I’m completely hooked. Here’s why and some of my learnings;
- I loved the idea of using technology to bring about positive change – both in myself and also making a difference in the lives of those without water, something we take for granted everyday.
- The daily emails were something I looked forward to every morning, especially the interviews MIM founder Dr Elise Bialylew conducted with various experts. I’d listen on the bus on the way to work which made for a positive start to my day.
- This quote from Dr Barbara Fredrickson’s interview is one that really struck me, “Its not just about the importance of maintaining a healthy diet but also about the importance of having a daily diet of positive emotions.”
- The clarity of mind, particularly straight after meditating as you go about your day-to-day tasks is quite amazing. I was able to better focus and not be such a scatter-brain.
- MIM expanded my awareness of what mindfulness really is and how there are so many different ways to be mindful, even in the simple things like brushing your teeth.
- I noticed my sleep improve over the month, both falling to sleep and staying asleep. Huge for an insomniac like me!
- I was much calmer when my2morrows pushed my buttons!
- I loved connecting with my team, sharing photos on Instagram and keeping each other motivated.
- 10 minutes is so do-able. I struggle with 20, but 10 is perfect for me. And on the days where it was tricky to find 10 minutes to myself, I’d do the quick 2 minute meditation, perfect for the bus ride to work.
I’m so grateful to have taken part. I look forward to keeping it up and I can’t wait until MIM next year. If you are interested in joining, let me know in the comments below and I will touch base next year to invite you to join the team.
And if you can’t wait until then, here’s some great resources to get you started:
- You can purchase all the Mindful in May meditations here
- 8 Apps to help you get started from A Quirky Bird
- 4 perks of meditation for the chronically busy from Ellen at Potential Psychology
- If you struggle to clear the mind, try this trick
- Start slow by trying this simple breathing technique
Do you meditate? What benefits do you experience? Know any great resources or apps?