World Water Day + A FREE mindfulness week!

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If the United Nations gave you a chance to vote for your special “international-day-of [fill in the blank]” what cause or passion would you choose to bring to people’s attention?

Working out what we most value sometimes only happens when we lose it, or when we witness how little others in the world have.

It can be so easy to take the precious elements of our lives for granted.  I mean, think about something as basic as the breath. It is the most important thing we have. Yet, how often do we actually stop to be grateful for the simple fact that we can breathe and that the air we breathe is relatively safe?

Another basic need we have, is the need for clean, safe drinking water. Today, on World Water Day, let’s all take a moment to appreciate the fact that we can access clean, safe drinking water simply by turning on the tap.

That luxury is not available to 1 in 10 people on this planet right now. 

When you stop to think about it for a moment it’s pretty disturbing.

And it’s not just about being able to quench your thirst, or wash yourself in the morning.

  • 1 in 10 people on the planet are living daily with the threat of illness from contaminated water (that’s ~ 663 million people) 
  • Diarrhoea caused by dirty water and poor toilets  every 2 minutes!! 

It’s easy to let these statistics pass you by and feel a little resigned to the seeming unsolvable fact of global poverty. However, Mindful in May is a good example of the impact that a group of committed, engaged, compassionate people can have when we come together through a shared purpose and vision.

For those who have taken part in the Mindful in May campaign each year and donated or fundraised for the cause, take a moment today to scroll through this uplifting page and see all of the projects we have funded and built as a community. On this world water day take a moment to recognise the incredible impact you have had in transforming the lives of over 10,000 people worldwide.

Next week Mindful in May opens for registration and I’m so excited to see the impact we can have this year in bringing clean, safe drinking bringing water to those in need and making a massive contribution to this urgent global problem.

As a way of spreading the word on Mindful in May, getting more people on board the challenge and amplifying our collective fundraising effort, I’m offering a 5 days to mindfulness FREE online training and I’d love you to come and get warmed up for another Mindful in May AND spread the word to your friends on social media by sharing the link and supporting others in learning inner tools for outer flourishing.

You can register here for the free online live 5 days to mindfulness program.

Last year our funds went towards building projects in three Southern districts of Mali: the San District, the Tominian District, and the Kolokani District. The San district has a population of 334,911, but only 57% have access to safe drinking water. The Tominian district is home to more than 219,000 people, 51% of whom have access to clean water. And in the Kolokani District, the situation is even more dire: only one-third of 295,598 residents have access to this basic need.

Mali is located in the Sahel, known as one of the harshest contexts in the world. Prone to droughts and floods, the long dry season and short rainy season make access to clean water particularly rare. The lack of water affects not only food production and livelihood activities but also child and maternal health.

Spread the word, invite your friends to join the FREE 5 days to mindfulness to get a taste of what’s to come, and together let’s make a huge splash (excuse the pun) towards solving the global water crisis!

xx Elise


"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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