Mindful in May

Join the world's leading experts and learn to meditate for 10 minutes a day to change your life.

Mindful in May

Join the world's leading experts and learn to meditate for 10 minutes a day to change your life.

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Welcome!

We are the world’s largest online mindfulness fundraising campaign.

The idea behind Mindful in May is simple: we provide mindfulness education, tools and support for you to build a sustainable meditation practice in one month. Research shows it only takes 10 minutes of meditation a day to see significant positive benefits to your life!

And as you strengthen your mind, you can also opt to help our community raise funds to bring clean, safe drinking water to those who need it most.

What you'll get:

Each day will unlock access to a new meditation, learning and teachings from guest experts.

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OVER 31 DAILY GUIDED MEDITATIONS & MINDFULNESS EXERCISES
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH RENOWNED EXPERTS
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TIPS FROM SCIENCE-BACKED RESEARCH
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A DIGITAL MEDITATION JOURNAL
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ACCESS TO OUR COMMUNITY FACEBOOK GROUP
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DAILY EMAIL REMINDERS TO KEEP YOU ON TRACK
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OVER 31 DAILY GUIDED MEDITATIONS & MINDFULNESS EXERCISES
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH RENOWNED EXPERTS
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TIPS FROM SCIENCE-BACKED RESEARCH
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A DIGITAL MEDITATION JOURNAL
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ACCESS TO OUR COMMUNITY FACEBOOK GROUP
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DAILY EMAIL REMINDERS TO KEEP YOU ON TRACK

How it works

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Join the 31-day Mindful in May program

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Make a donation to contribute towards our global clean water projects (optional)

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Meditate for 10 minutes a day during May, with our guided meditations and support

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Clear mind for you. Clean water for others.

Mindful in May starts 1 May 2022

Meditate with thousands of others around the world this May.

SIGN UP TO OUR 31 DAY PROGRAM FOR $69

(+$6.90 GST FOR AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS)

Learn with

These guest experts will feature in the 2022 Mindful in May program...

  • DR ELISE BIALYLEW
    Founder of Mindful in May. Author of The Happiness Plan. A doctor trained in Psychiatry.
  • Matthieu Ricard
    French writer, photographer, translator & Buddhist monk. PhD degree in molecular genetics.
  • tara brach
    Psychologist, author, & proponent of Buddhist meditation. A guiding teacher & founder of the Insight Meditation.
  • david creswell
    Professor of Psychology with a focus on resilience, stress, health neuroscience.
  • anna lembke
    Professor of psychiatry, an expert on the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, NY times best selling author of Dopamine Nation.
  • rhonda magee
    Expert on racial justice. A professor of Law, author. Mindfulness teacher.
  • bruce perry
    Author, teacher, clinician and researcher. New York Times no. 1 bestseller & endorsed by Oprah.
  • rick hanson
    Neuropsychologist. NY Times best-selling author. Founder. Advisor. Speaker and meditation teacher.
  • susan piver
    Best-selling author. Founder of the Open Heart Project. Teacher & Buddhist seminary graduate.
  • gregory kramer
    Author. Teacher. Cofounder & president of the Metta Foundation. Developed the practice of Insight Dialoguer.
  • judith orloff
    NY Times bestselling author. 'The godmother of the empath movement'. Psychiatrist, empath & intuitive healer.
  • laura markham
    Best selling author, clinical psychologist, specialising in conscious parenting.
  • george mumford
    ‘The Mindfulness Performance Whisperer’, acclaimed & leading expert in sports psychology & performance.
  • bob stahl
    Author, founder, senior teacher. Lived in Theraveda Buddhist forest monastery for 8.5 years.
  • scott shute
    Keynote speaker, author, executive coach and teacher.
  • malcolm huxter
    Clinical psychologist and mindfulness and compassion consultant.
  • mark williams
    Author. Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford. Mindfulness expert.
  • JAMES BARAZ
    Meditation teacher, 'Spirit Rock' founder, author, course creator.
  • Lori Schwanbeck
    Psychotherapist, leadership coach, mindfulness-based emotional intelligence consultant.

Set aside 10 minutes a day this May.

Watch this short video to learn about the benefits of a regular practice. 

Make a powerful difference
in the world

If you've ever felt despairing or helpless about the state of our world, this program offers you a chance to take positive action and make a difference in people's lives.

During Mindful in May, not only will you learn inner tools that will transform your life, but you'll have the chance to fundraise or donate to improve the lives of those living in poverty.

For every $50AUD you raise, you'll be bringing clean, safe drinking water to one person - for life. Our Mindful in May community have together raised $1,020,000, bringing clean drinking water to 31,843 people!

Mindful in May is a social enterprise that partners with the not-for-profit, charity: water, based in the USA. They use 100% of donations to build water projects in developing countries. (Donations are only tax-deductible if you are based in the USA.)

$1,020,000

Raised For Families Living in Poverty

31,843

people given clean water

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This is our impact so far...

The science and research
behind Mindful in May

Mindful In May video featuring Elise Bialylew

Take the 10 minute a day meditation challenge

What past participants say
about Mindful in May

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“Being guided through mindful in may to meditate for ten minutes is very doable in this busy life and you still get the benefits…”

I think Mindful in May is fabulous! Anything that promotes peace of mind and benefits people who are in need at the same time is a brilliant idea. I am prone to shocking anxiety and meditation has really helped with that. I just passed my 300 day mark since I started meditating regularly with Mindful in May. That really kick started it for me — consistency has always been my problem. Being guided through Mindful in May to meditate for ten minutes is very doable in this busy life and you still get the benefits

- Magda Szubanski

“The content is fantastic, I was worried I would get lost in it being a beginner but I’ve been so engaged and got a lot out of each one.”

I have found greater calm, an awareness of myself & those around me and a space to clear my mind when days are stressful. I’ve loved & appreciated your guidance, the guided meditations have been great and the interviews have been so informative & valuable. The content is fantastic, I was worried I would get lost in it being a beginner but I’ve been so engaged and got a lot out of each one. I like to know how things work, so the approach has been brilliant.

- Melanie Duve

“By bringing mindfulness into my daily routine, I have seen significant improvements in my overall wellbeing”

I confess I was a cynic about meditation and mindfulness. But after my husband died suddenly in 2014, and I was confronted with night after night of terrible insomnia, when a friend suggested I give mindful in may a go I thought “what have I got to lose in committing 10 minutes a day to something?” and the charitable element of the project meant that someone out there had something very big to gain! What I found was that far from losing anything, I gained back not just the capacity to sleep but also an awareness of the extraordinary power in mindfulness and meditation to promote both good physical and mental health. My sleep improved, symptoms of a chronic physical health condition improved and I felt more alert and capable to deal with the craziness of everyday life. Using the Mindful in May’s practical and accessible programming provided me with not just a daily mindfulness tool but also an awareness of the scientific research that provides the evidence for it. By bringing mindfulness into my daily routine, I have seen significant improvements in my overall wellbeing.

- Fiona Grimwald

I think the daily practices made a big difference to my wellbeing and enabled me to reduce my anxiety...”

I signed up for MIM 2015 without quite knowing what to expect exactIy. I had started meditating at work with some colleagues, but it was only a weekly practice. I think the daily practices made a big difference to my wellbeing and enabled me to reduce my anxiety (in particular work-related). I found that I was looking forward to that quiet time in my sometimes hectic days. The meditation tracks were great – my favourite is the breath and sound meditation. I use this technique by myself very often – in the train on my way home from work for example. And I really liked the interviews. Whilst I couldn’t quite keep up with them (there are a lot), I have since watched all but 2 I think. They are extremely informative and inspiring. Unfortunately life just tends to get in the way and I am really looking forward to MIM 2017 for a renewd daily dose of inspiration, quiet and energy.

- Katia Bratieres

“Being guided through mindful in may to meditate for ten minutes is very doable in this busy life and you still get the benefits…”

I think Mindful in May is fabulous! Anything that promotes peace of mind and benefits people who are in need at the same time is a brilliant idea. I am prone to shocking anxiety and meditation has really helped with that. I just passed my 300 day mark since I started meditating regularly with Mindful in May. That really kick started it for me — consistency has always been my problem. Being guided through Mindful in May to meditate for ten minutes is very doable in this busy life and you still get the benefits

- Magda Szubanski

“The content is fantastic, I was worried I would get lost in it being a beginner but I’ve been so engaged and got a lot out of each one.”

I have found greater calm, an awareness of myself & those around me and a space to clear my mind when days are stressful. I’ve loved & appreciated your guidance, the guided meditations have been great and the interviews have been so informative & valuable. The content is fantastic, I was worried I would get lost in it being a beginner but I’ve been so engaged and got a lot out of each one. I like to know how things work, so the approach has been brilliant.

- Melanie Duve

“By bringing mindfulness into my daily routine, I have seen significant improvements in my overall wellbeing”

I confess I was a cynic about meditation and mindfulness. But after my husband died suddenly in 2014, and I was confronted with night after night of terrible insomnia, when a friend suggested I give mindful in may a go I thought “what have I got to lose in committing 10 minutes a day to something?” and the charitable element of the project meant that someone out there had something very big to gain! What I found was that far from losing anything, I gained back not just the capacity to sleep but also an awareness of the extraordinary power in mindfulness and meditation to promote both good physical and mental health. My sleep improved, symptoms of a chronic physical health condition improved and I felt more alert and capable to deal with the craziness of everyday life. Using the Mindful in May’s practical and accessible programming provided me with not just a daily mindfulness tool but also an awareness of the scientific research that provides the evidence for it. By bringing mindfulness into my daily routine, I have seen significant improvements in my overall wellbeing.

- Fiona Grimwald

I think the daily practices made a big difference to my wellbeing and enabled me to reduce my anxiety...”

I signed up for MIM 2015 without quite knowing what to expect exactIy. I had started meditating at work with some colleagues, but it was only a weekly practice. I think the daily practices made a big difference to my wellbeing and enabled me to reduce my anxiety (in particular work-related). I found that I was looking forward to that quiet time in my sometimes hectic days. The meditation tracks were great – my favourite is the breath and sound meditation. I use this technique by myself very often – in the train on my way home from work for example. And I really liked the interviews. Whilst I couldn’t quite keep up with them (there are a lot), I have since watched all but 2 I think. They are extremely informative and inspiring. Unfortunately life just tends to get in the way and I am really looking forward to MIM 2017 for a renewd daily dose of inspiration, quiet and energy.

- Katia Bratieres

This is ideal for you...

  • Become more confident, courageous and calm
  • Reduce stress and racing thoughts that can overwhelm you
  • Learn to control your emotions and not get so easily triggered
  • Reduce the worry and 'mind chatter'
  • Create a regular habitual meditation practice
  • Be part of a meditation community to get more support than a meditation app can provide
  • Learn a tool that is sustainable, long-lasting and will strength your resilience
  • A 10 minute a day meditation to suit those who lead busy lives

About the host and
founder of Mindful in May:
Dr Elise Bialylew

Elise Bialylew is the author of the bestselling book, The Happiness Plan, and founder of Mindful in May, the world’s largest online global mindfulness fundraising campaign.

A doctor trained in psychiatry, turned social entrepreneur and mindfulness expert, she’s passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater wellbeing and flourishing, and offers workshops and training at The Mind Life Project.

Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times and on Australian Television. She was recently recognised by the Australian Financial Review as a 2019 AFR Women of Influence.

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"If we wish to be healthy, happy and clear-minded, we need to upgrade our “inner technology”of attention to meet the demands of our increasingly complex world. That's where mindfulness comes in.."

- DR ELISE BIALYLEW

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