3181 – Dr. Elise Bialylew, Founder, Mindful in May

Dr Elise Bialylew photo credit: Fi Mims

Dr Elise Bialylew photo credit: Fi Mims

TENANT was born of an interest in documenting Melburnians and the way their choices are shaping the city, from the inside out.

This month I profile a person who impressed me long before I had the opportunity to meet her in person.

Dr. Elise Bialylew is a Melbourne based doctor turned social entrepreneur, and coach and founder of Mindful in May (MIM), a global movement that encourages people around the world to meditate daily, while raising funds to build clean water wells in the developing world.

When a friend recommended MIM to me last year, it was at a time I needed to make a difficult career decision, and needed some perspective.  Having meditated on and off, in combination with yoga practice, I had confidence in the recommended benefits, and it seemed like the right time to take the challenge. I signed up in the hope I would find mental clarity, or perhaps even a career epiphany.

To join the global challenge, participants pay a fee (this year it is $30.00, or $1.00 a day)  and throughout May have access to weekly meditation files, and interviews with global experts in the fields of wellness, meditation and brain training – to inspire and stay connected to the cause and personal goals.

Daily emails from Elise include words of encouragement, user stories and updates on fundraising successes from national and international teams who have joined the movement.

MIM Banner

MIM Banner

The idea is that while you learn to meditate and mindfully care for yourself, your efforts will ripple across the world to help improve the lives of the one in nine people on the planet who live without access to clean, safe drinking water.

This concept is a fabulous kind of yin and yang, where those in the developed world practice stillness and community, something that does not always come easily in a suburban or oversubscribed life, and those in the developing world, who on a simplistic level experience a counter issue, benefit from this mindful application to self and beyond self – working for a common greater cause.

Elise’s bio describes her as an ‘out-of-the-box’ thinker, a doctor trained in psychiatry, and mindfulness meditation teacher…

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St Valentine’s Day, Melbourne

Today is St. Valentine’s Day and couples all over Melbourne, and the world, are celebrating love. While there are many reject the day and balk at the commercialisation of love I’ve decided to embrace it. There are too few things that unite us in celebration and I reckon love, however you do it, is worth encouraging.

Did you celebrate love today? How do you love?

Here is what some Melburnians had to say when asked “about love”:

Cuong and Jess

Cuong and Jess in St Kilda

“Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you” (Rick Astley)

Arturo and Sophia on their wedding day

Arturo and Sophia on their wedding day in Mexico (photo supplied)

“Let these be your desires:
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and
give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart” (Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet)
Lilli in the Garden

A pretty and shy smile from Lilli in a South Yarra Garden

” Love all, trust a few and do harm to none.”

Paul and Sue from Middle Park

Paul and Sue from Middle Park

 Paul “I  love life and being together, still, after 52 years!” Sue ” I also recommend always keeping separate bank accounts.”

Julia and Scott from Brunswick (now Scotland)

Julia and Scott in Brunswick

 

“Love can take you to surprising and marvellous places, if you’re just willing to take the ride…”

Hayley and Shelley

Hayley and Shelley from Northcote

 “Go ahead… Love like you never have loved before…”

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St Kilda Festival 2015

I live in St Kilda, and have for quite a bit of my life. I went to primary school in St. Kilda, and high school as well.  I have lived overseas, interstate, northside, westside, and still I return. Usually it is unplanned but, none the less, I do return.

A bay-side, south-eastern suburb of Melbourne, St. Kilda is known for palm tree skylines, outdoor cafes, cake shops, Sunday markets, rowdy back packers, old rock’n rollers, seedy pubs, ecentric locals, charity organisations, and Victorian fun-park vistas – a Venice Beach of Melbourne if you will.

While it is certainly different to the 80s St Kilda of my youth, it retains many of its seasonal charms and more community than it is given credit for.

Today was the annual St Kilda Festival. Often I choose to escape the suburb and leave the tourists to it… But today I grabbed my camera, and walked the streets  – celebrating my suburb and counting my blessings.

St Kilda Festival 2015

St Kilda Festival 2015

St Kilda Festival 2015

St Kilda Festival 2015

St Kilda Festival 2015

St Kilda Festival 2015

St Kilda Festival 2015

St Kilda Festival 2015

St Kilda Festival 2015 Selfies with "Shakira" the police horse

St Kilda Festival 2015 Selfies with “Shakira” the police horse

St Kilda Festival 2015

St Kilda Festival 2015

St Kilda Festival 2015

St Kilda Festival 2015

St Kilda Festival 2015

St Kilda Festival 2015

St Kilda Festival 2015

St Kilda Festival 2015

St Kilda Festival 2015

St Kilda Festival 2015 Waiting for The Church

 

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Scott – Brunswick

Scott, Brunswick

Scott, Brunswick

Happy Australia Day! How are you planning to celebrate the public holiday?

My wife and I are actually flying overseas today. We are off to live in Scotland for a year or two.

Well isn’t that ironic!

Yes, it is, isn’t. We’ll miss our local community and our family and friends, but we are very happy to say “see you Tony”, and we hope  things will be a bit different, leadership wise, when we get back.

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Karen – Warburton Main Street

Karen, Main St. Warburton

Karen, Main St. Warburton

It is lovely to get out of Melbourne for a weekend. Warburton feels so green and restorative. Have you lived here long?

I was working for a company in Melbourne which ran marketing campaign that started with the line “Life is too short”.  I heard that slogan everyday for months and then one day I thought… you are right – so I typed out my resignation letter and moved here soon after. That was in 2004.

Happy you made the change?

Very happy!

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Ellie, Jordan and Rhiannon – Acland Street, St Kilda

Ellie, Jordan and Rhiannon, Acland Street St Kilda

Ellie, Jordan and Rhiannon, Acland Street St Kilda

Hey there – what are you shooting? With your camera and leotards?

J: We are shooting pics for Black Milk clothing, hunting the Saint of Kilda for cool and interesting spaces.

R: This area is our go to. There are so many options, from the architecture to the cafes, the trees etc.

Do you live locally?

E: Yes, we live bay side. J: I am in South Yarra.

Enjoy the rest of the shoot, great shots (Jordan showed me a few) and I’ll be sure to check out the site.

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Lou & Sebbo – The Plenary, Southbank

Lou & Sebbo at the Plenary Melbourne

Lou & Sebbo at the Plenary Melbourne

 Nick Cave’s in the house. Everyone seems pretty happy about that.

Yeah – it is one of the only times Melbourne doesn’t eat its own.

What do you mean?

There is no ‘too cool for school’ judgement or tall poppy syndrome in the house.

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