Pause for a Cause

Help others in need and discover a little inner-peace with the Mindful In May global meditation campaign.


Most of us are heading towards the triple threat of overworked, overwhelmed and overcommitted in our daily lives – often finding it hard to look after our own health and wellbeing, let alone find the time to help others in need.

Enter Mindful in May, a global mindfulness campaign during the month of May with two game-changing goals: to teach participants how to find calm and clarity through 10 minutes of mindfulness meditation each day, and to raise money to improve access to clean drinking water in developing countries.

Everyone from individuals, businesses and colleges can get involved and create their own virtual meditation team. Participants need to register at and then donate or get sponsored to be kept accountable to the daily challenge and make a positive difference in the world.

Participants will then start the meditation journey with thousands of people from around the world, and learn simple, yet transformative skills for better living.

The benefits, of course, extend beyond just your own health and community. One in nine people on our planet lives without clean water, and every 20 seconds a child dies.

Mindful in May is also about raising money to overcome this humanitarian crisis. The program has already been incredibly successful – raising over $300,000 over the past three years for Charity Water, a not-for-profit that builds clean water wells in developing countries.

Now in its fourth year, the program offers an evidence-based approach to meditation and includes some exclusive video interviews with global experts in well-being, mindfulness and the brain, including researcher Dr Richard Davidson (named one of the world’s top 100 most influential people in 2006 Time Magazine), UCLA Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Dan Siegel and Monash University-based mindfulness researcher Dr Craig Hassed.

‘Mindful in May is not only life-changing for individuals; it’s also creating change on a global scale,’ says founder Elise Bialylew. ‘The fact that we’re tackling two incredibly important issues at the same time – mental wellbeing and access to clean water – means we’re really making a difference. Every year participants say how surprised they are that only 10 minutes a day of practice can be so transformative.’

Mindfulness meditation has shown it can lead to structural changes in the brain, reduced stress, improved physical and mental wellbeing, reduced genetic ageing, increased happiness and enhanced immune function – put health and happiness on your horizon this May.

How It Works:

  1. Register at for the the 10-minute-a-day one month meditation challenge (registration fee of $30 to provide access to the online program).
  2. Contribute to the cause by donating and get sponsored by friends and family to keep you accountable to the daily 10-minute meditation challenge.
  3. Receive a meditation program delivered daily to your inbox.
  4. Make a positive impact in the world and create more focus, clarity and calm for yourself

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