There is no doubt that technology has changed the world. Modern life is fast paced and we are more connected than ever before. Connected through email, text, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the list goes on. Connected and yet disconnected. Our attention is constantly being caught by notifications encouraging us to check into the virtual world and lose sight of the here and now. It is not uncommon to see a group of friends out for dinner all focused on their smart phones, none of them truly engaging with each other, none of them truly present. I am certainly guilty of this myself.
We’re so caught up in this complex world that we often do not recognise just how disengaged we are. This May, I am taking part in a one month guided mindfulness meditation challenge. Mediation allows us to pause and connect with our true self, to silence our mind and develop mindfulness.
Mindful in May is for both beginners and experienced meditators and is set up to be win-win for yourself and the global community.
In the developed world, a great deal of suffering comes from the mind. The amount of people affected by depression, anxiety and stress is growing daily. When I talk about those affected, I talk not only of the individuals at war with their own mind but also of the family and friends supporting these people day in and day out.
In the developing world, a great deal of suffering comes from contaminated water. For the developing world, contaminated water is still one of the leading causes of disease and death.
Mindful in May addresses both of these issues by providing an online space for people to clear their mind for 10 minutes a day, whilst helping to improve the lives of thousands of people living without access to safe drinking water. It is $25 to register and this will give you access to a one month meditation course. The funds raised during this campaign, will be donated to Charity Water, a not-for-profit organisation that builds clean water wells in developing countries.
I would absolutely love to see people give this challenge a go and join me in making a difference for yourself and the world.