Our world is in a state of exponential growth and change. As the world becomes more interconnected we are being overwhelmed with information. This impacts significantly on our powers of concentration and attention both of which are crucial for our work, health, and relationships. The increasing demands in our society are leading to heightened stress and growing levels of depression. According to WHO, by 2030, depression will pose the biggest health burden on society, both economically and sociologically. It is becoming clear that to ensure happiness and prevent stress, we need to build on our internal resources.
Just like physical fitness, developing the mind’s capacity to stay present and mindful is a skill that requires regular training. The benefits of physical exercise are well established. There is now compelling research supporting the fact that meditation when practiced regularly, can lead to structural changes in the brain associated with reduced genetic ageing, improved physical well being, enhanced mental performance, and increased happiness.
Just as polluted water is the root cause of much suffering in the developing world, so too a polluted mind, clouded by misperception and distraction, is the root cause of much suffering in the developed world.
Mindful in May will raise funds towards bringing clean water to the one billion people who struggle daily living without it. Donations will be given to Charity Water, an innovative NGO that delivers 100% of its donations directly to building wells.
Mindful in May: Pause for a cause.
CLEAR MIND for you,
CLEAN WATER for others.
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