Mindful in May / by Anita Cheung

"Technology is developing exponentially, and at the click of a button we can access an infinite amount of information. With this privilege, comes the potential cost of information overload and low grade background anxiety as we try to keep on top of things."  -- Dr. Elise Bialylew, founder of Mindful in May. 

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"...Low Grade Background Anxiety as we try to keep on top of things." 

Forget endless to-do lists, the first thing that came to mind when I read that sentence was the ridiculous game we all play when we "catch up" on Social Media. The phrase "catching up" is used quite literally here as we often peruse our instagram and twitter feeds with a fierce determination. We don't just casually flick through tweets and photos- no. We keep going until we've seen  e v e r y   p h o t o   presented to us up until the last point we were on the app.

"In the developed world, most of us have our survival needs met, but it is our minds that can cause so much of our suffering." 

Credit: Tiny Time Machine

Credit: Tiny Time Machine

Call it FOMO, but between our various news feeds, we are so hell bent on ensuring we stay in the loop. So, not only do we do it to ourselves. Some of us are also totally aware of it!

In the past, I've found a sense of solace and comfort in meditation whenever, excuse my french, the shit hit the fan. However, a goal I have for the rest of this year is to build a regular meditation practice as a preventative mental health measure. So far, I've been pretty good with devoting time weekly for a 10-15 minute meditation. When I saw the Mindful in May campaign, I figured now is as good a time as any to dive into a daily meditation practice. 

For more information, and to join me (meditation mates!), click here: http://www.mindfulinmay.org

(Note: The registration fee for the campaign goes towards providing clean drinking water in Ethiopia. I'm always a bit skeptical about charities and their administrative fees which is why that aspect of the campaign wasn't highlighted in my post. If that extra little bit of information can act as a catalyst for you to sign up, then great!) 

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