It’s Time For A Mindful Mamma Sabbatical

A Mindful in May Sabbatical…

If you’re new to Mindful in May you might be wondering what it’s all about? You can watch this little 2 minute animation to find out more.

“Is Mindful in May happening again this year?” you ask.

It was my intention to run the campaign again however as I shared over at The Mind Life Project – the past six months of motherhood presented some unexpected challenges which gave me a great opportunity to put my mindfulness to the test. However, it also meant I was unable to focus on work. Thankfully, all is going well now and I’m loving being able to bring mindfulness to motherhood.

El and NooshSo after some mindful contemplation of my own – it’s become clear that in order to practise what I teach, I’m going to need to take a mindful sabbatical to ensure that I can be a mindful mama and allow the time needed to bring you a Mindful in May 2017 that you’ll love even more than the previous ones.

However,  in the spirit of Mindful in May and to introduce my “all year round” mindfulness home – The Mind Life Project – I am hosting an intimate MELBOURNE EVENT on May 12th to keep the community alive. If you are in Melbourne and need a mindful reboot this May, come and meditate together over a healthy meal – it will be a beautiful night. Very limited tickets here (all welcome).

As a way of staying on the Mindfulness path this May, you can buy the the mindful month 3Ddigital Mindful Month ebook I have written based on past Mindful in May campaigns including links to past meditations (helpful if you’ve lost all those MIM emails) and The Mindful Eating ebook featuring recipes from some of Australia’s top bloggers.

You can buy them here now.

I will also be offering a limited number of in person mindfulness trainings in the workplace and other exciting mindfulness events through the year. If you are interested in having me come to your organisation or speak at your event you can be in touch with me directly through The Mind Life Project.

Following my last email where I shared some reflections on how mindfulness helped me manage through the tough times of motherhood, I was touched to receive so many warm emails from MIMsters around the world who were facing difficult times of their own. It was a reminder that although we can feel so alone when we are going through hard times, suffering is a universal human experience that we all face at different times of our lives.

People often think (or hope) that meditation or mindfulness will rid them of difficult emotions. Unfortunately, there’s no escaping the human condition. However, mindfulness can immunise us against the impact of these emotions in our lives. It gives us greater capacity to be aware of what is happening from moment to moment with acceptance and kindness, enabling us to relate to difficult emotions more clearly and wisely. With space we can ask ourselves – what is most needed right now?

We can’t control a lot of what happens to us in this life, but we do have the capacity to notice how we are relating to what is happening and move more gracefully with whatever life brings us.

See you in 2017 for a Mindful in May that will be bigger and more mindful than ever before! 

Happy Meditating,

Dr Elise Bialylew

Founder of Mindful in May + Mind Life Project

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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.."




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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