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.
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…