Props / Set Decoration / Greens Member Alex Lewis is participating in the Mindfulness Challenge 2019 and asking for your support to help raise funds for mental health issues!
I'm delighted to be participating in Mindfulness Challenge 2019. It's a 4-hour "meditate-athon" to raise money for a great cause — mindfulness programs to help disadvantaged people who suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.
I am participating in this challenge because I am experiencing first hand the benefits of practicing Mindfullness Meditation. Last December I hit my head off of a metal support beam in a studio where I was working. I thought I was OK at the time of the accident but coworkers were looking out for me and got me to get checked out. Besides not being able to spell any more, and I did not think that my spelling could have possibly gotten any worse than it already was, remembering anything or organizing my way out of a wet paper bag or the dizzy spells, I am coping with what is clinically referred to as Panic Attacks. Though I would classify them as Rage Attacks. They are almost out of body experiences that I am watching happen to someone else. He sure looks familiar but is not me.
I thank God every day for the supports that I have in place to fall back on and those who were looking out for me. And specifically my wife Jenny for all that she has endured and continues to patiently tolerate. This is no joke when I say that I honestly don't know where I would be right now without all this. I am very lucky.
Many others are not as fortunate.
Here’s a startling statistic: 1 in 5 Canadians lives with mental illness. Anyone can find themselves alone, out of work, and unable to get the help they need.
But thanks to The Centre for Mindfulness Studies, help is available.
Mindfulness-based therapy is evidence-based and cost-effective. It can make a real difference, especially when programs are tailored to the needs of marginalized communities. Here's what John shared:
"My first 22 years of life were hell. I left home when I was 13 because my mom drank and was abusive...I love mindfulness. It helps me work towards my dream...Mindfulness goes hand-in-hand to help self healing, self-reliance, and independence from drugs and alcohol."
Francis, a client of 40 Oaks, said:
“My father was in the residential school system and was an alcoholic. Mindfulness has truly transformed me. I was just going through life, not really noticing much. Practicing mindfulness has opened both my heart and mind. It made me aware how similar we all are. I can relate to others now more openly. I can walk down the street and make eye contact with other people, which is something I always used to avoid.”
There are many more like John and Francis. More than can currently be helped. This is why I'm asking for your support. Please give what you can, within the bounds of what you can afford.
If you plan to support me, please don't put this off. The present moment is the perfect moment to give generously.
The following link will bring you to my page.