Mindful in May has come to a close and I am so happy to have participated. It feels great to raise awareness about mindfulness and also raise money for a good cause. This was my first fundraiser since… I don’t know when!
Thank you to everyone who donated – we raised $160 for Charity Water. Overall, over $200,000 was raised for clean water. Well done everyone!
I certainly learnt a lot about mindfulness. I have noticed I have stopped saying “I should be doing this” so much. We are so often critical and judgemental of everything that we think and feel; sometimes it is great to release those stressors. Mindfulness has started to become part of who I am. I observe myself without judgement and I am more in tune with how I am feeling; stressed, happy, sad or just somewhere in between.
There are lots of different types of mindfulness meditation. I love body scans, as this feels really tangible. If you are interested in different types of meditation, check out YouTube or iTunes where there are plenty of resources.
I learnt that it feels time consuming to meditate every day when I have a lot going on. On the flipside, taking out the time to meditate was valuable and created more time and more focus for me to live the rest of my day. Meditation helped me use my time more effectively.
I have always been a happy person, but since the challenge I have felt I have become a better listener and I am kinder to other people. Meditation connects us to the people and community around us. In such a busy modern world, it can be easy to get lost and detached from these things.
If you missed out this year and want to give it a shot next time, Mindful in May will run again in 2015. Check out the website www.mindfulinmay.org to find out more about the event so you can participate in this wonderful experience.