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Monday Mindfulness ~ November 11, 2019

Good evening all, and a very happy Monday Mindfulness to you.

Today’s thought for the moment comes to us from Arthur Ashe, professional tennis player and the first African-American man to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and Australian Open. 

Wherever you may be right now, whatever might be going on in your life at present, remember that you are enough, just as you are, however you might be feeling. You’re a whole microcosm of awesome, and you’ve got this.

Much love, all.

Arthur Ashe - Start Where You Are

A Brief Introduction to Mindful Eating

Recently, I shared with you all a bit of an introduction to mindful walking (which, if you missed it, you can find here) and mentioned furthermore that in honor of and inspired by World Mental Health Day I’d be posting more in a brief series on the topic of maintaining good mental health throughout the rest of October.

We sit precariously on the edge of that particularly festive – and feast-ive! – time of year between Halloween and New Year’s Eve when, what with all the holidays in relatively quick succession and the potential for many a food-stuffed gorge-fest with family, friends, and co-workers, it is all too easy to slip into bad habits such as eating until we’re well past full, eating whenever we feel a bit down, or eating whilst trying to multitask. It’s an ideal time to start thinking about how we can each best develop a more mindful way of eating, a way that will leave us both nutritionally but also spiritually satisfied. 

Here now are a few friendly suggestions to help you – and me too! – as you try to bring more awareness to your everyday eating.

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Monday Mindfulness ~ October 21, 2019

Hello, everyone – and happy Monday Mindfulness to you all too.

As these posts have been a bit more irregular than normal as of late, today’s installment is a double feature. Take a look. Hopefully these thoughts will add a touch of inspiration, motivation, and positivity to your day and the week ahead.

As always, thank you so much for pausing here with me for a little while. Wishing you all a lovely, satisfying week!

Ovid - Through Persistence

 

Zen Proverb - Obstacles are the Path

A Brief Introduction to Mindful Walking

Each year, October 10th marks World Mental Health Day – a day with the objective of raising international awareness about issues pertaining to mental health. While this year’s awareness day may have now come and gone, it is never the wrong time to discuss mental health. With this in mind, I’ve scheduled a few related posts to pop up over the remainder of October, each looking at ways we can make small but significant improvements to our own mental – and ultimately physical – health in our daily lives. 

This week, I’d like to start off this short series by focusing on the art of mindful walking. 

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Photo by Vlad Bagacian from Pexels.

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Monday Mindfulness ~ September 30, 2019

Hello once again, everyone. I hope as ever that this latest installment of Monday Mindfulness finds you well and that your week ahead is a lovely one, filled with contentment and well-being.

Today’s thought of the moment comes to us from Brené Brown, who I’ve previously featured here in another installment of Monday Mindfulness.

Thanks for pausing here on your journey today!

Brené Brown - What Makes You Beautiful

17 Ways to Make Your Home a Little Bit More Eco-Friendly

No Monday Mindfulness this week unfortunately, as I’ve been a bit poorly on account of a cold and didn’t quite manage to get around to it yesterday… However, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be any posts on Cathedral Grove this week! 

Recently, The Guardian released a short video about natural climate solutions which featured prominent environmental activists Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot. It’s just about everywhere around the internet at the moment, but if you haven’t seen it already, I’ve shared it here as well. At just under 4 minutes in duration, it’s a short piece which is worth a watch if you’re at all interested in environmental issues and possible solutions.

Inspired by the ideas being presented by a variety of similarly concerned individuals and organizations, I thought I’d compile a short list of fairly simple actions you can take right now to help make your home that much more eco-friendly. There are more things we can do, of course – but consider this brief list a bit of a launching pad. Any hints and tips you use at home, either ones included in or missed off the list here? Please share them with us all by commenting below!

 

Monday Mindfulness ~ September 16, 2019

Greetings, fellow wanderers and wonderers. It’s Monday, so it’s time for the latest installment of Monday Mindfulness here on Cathedral Grove.

This week’s quote comes from multi-talented, 20th-century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. Having just finished my first week back at my job after the end of my 6-month sabbatical, this thought struck me as especially relevant. I’m definitely striving towards this work-life balance, as I’m sure many of you are as well in your own ways. 

Pablo Picasso - Never Permit a Dichotomy

Monday Mindfulness ~ September 9, 2019

Hello, and happy fresh new week to you all.

It’s been quite a few weeks since I last shared a Monday Mindfulness post here on Cathedral Grove. As those of you who have been following my travels will already know, Nick and I have been busy volunteering with a trail maintenance and conservation work team in Iceland’s incredible Þórsmörk and Goðaland region for much of this summer. Living and working largely off-grid for a few months, I’ve not posted more than a few pre-scheduled updates here and there. We’ve been back in the UK now for a week and are more or less settled back into normal life, so I’m eager to return to a much more regular writing, creating, and sharing schedule here on my little seedling of a site!

Inspired by recent experiences – and, let’s be honest, my creeping anxiety about returning to the full-time job I have not much enjoyed for a while now – I want to share with you a particularly lovely Icelandic saying which I hope to make an integral part of my own personal philosophy: ‘Þetta reddast…’

‘Þetta reddast…’ (pronounced thet-ta red-ust) can be translated as ‘It will all work out OK in the end’ or ‘It’s going to be alright.’ There’s a lovely little travel essay on the BBC website which gives a nice introduction to the phrase in context, but here’s a quote from that piece I particularly like:

“Maybe it makes sense, then, that in a place where people were – and still are – so often at the mercy of the weather, the land and the island’s unique geological forces, they’ve learned to give up control, leave things to fate and hope for the best.” 

‘Þetta reddast’ is, I think, not about having blind faith though; it’s a great reminder that things will be what they will be, so best not to fight events but rather trust in your own abilities to see them through and emerge from them doing just fine. Remember, if you’re here right now then there isn’t a hardship you have yet to overcome. And whatever your next challenge might be? It will all work out OK in the end too.

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From One Sort of Rambling to Another: An End-of-Sabbatical Update

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Hello, fellow wanderers and wonderers… I’m back, and so too are more regular updates on Cathedral Grove!

Yes, as of today it has been 6 whole months of putting my full-time employment on hold in order to travel near and far, visit friends, meet new friends, try a whole lot of delicious world food, acquire a taste for good beer and coffee, drink gallons of herbal tea, and just generally live my life to the fullest before needing to earn a bit more to keep the home fires burning and the wee cupboard stocked.

I still have a few rest and life administration days before I return to work, so I just wanted to pop by, say hi, and ask how all of you have been. There will be more details about my various adventurings in the coming days and weeks, but in the meantime I’d love to hear about what you all have been doing to stay healthy and well, the adventures big and small you’ve enjoyed, and the projects you’ve been most passionate about… whatever bits and bobs of joy, accomplishment, and personal growth you may feel inspired to share with the world!

Anyway, I’ll end this little update here. So hello once again, and goodbye for today. Until we next meet, may you be happy and well!

~ Megan

P.S. If you haven’t already, feel free to follow me on Instagram (@insta.meg.ram) for lots of travel inspiration! Most recently featured: Iceland, Sweden, and Montenegro. More photographs from my world travels to come soon…

Monday Mindfulness ~ July 22, 2019

Greetings once again, everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by.

It’s a fresh, new week, so that means that it’s time for yet another installment of Monday Mindfulness.

This week’s quote is from Jon Kabat-Zinn, who has taught and written about mindfulness and mindfulness-based stress reduction for many years. One of his most well-known books is ‘Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life.’  

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Monday Mindfulness ~ July 15, 2019

Hello again, everyone!

Here’s hoping that this week’s Monday Mindfulness update finds you well. I should – all things having gone smoothly! – be in Iceland now, just beginning my first week as a volunteer team leader for a trail maintenance team organized under the auspices of the Icelandic Forestry Service. I have scheduled this and a few other posts to pop up in the coming weeks while I’m away. Thanks for understanding why updates have been a bit scarce as of late, as well as for your patience. I hope to be back to a much more regular posting schedule come September.

Today’s quote comes from the Danish author of children’s classics such as ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘The Ugly Duckling,’ Hans Christian Andersen.

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Monday Mindfulness ~ July 8, 2019

Hello, everyone! It feels like it has been SO long since my last Monday Mindfulness post (…and it has been. This is the first one in a month, I must admit!), but happily it is back once again.

As I’ve mentioned in other posts from time to time, my partner Nick and I have been on a six month sabbatical from our regular work since early March. Those who’ve been following will also know that we’ve been traveling around a bit throughout this time, and that we will continue to be fairly nomadic until early September. Sometimes we have internet access, other times we don’t so much… so naturally it’s disrupted my typical writing, creating, and posting schedule!

Nick and I have just recently returned from Sweden, and soon we are off to Iceland for the final month and a half of our sabbatical. I’ve got a few days now before we go during which I’d like to get a handful of posts up or at least scheduled for that time away, just in case there isn’t much time or connectivity when we’re out and about in remote places during our volunteering stint.

Anyway, without further ado, this week’s thought for the moment comes from A.A. Milne, creator of much-beloved Winnie-the-Pooh and friends. That bear of supposedly little brain sure does have a whole lot of valuable wisdom. I really love this quote.

Until next time, may you all enjoy a very happy, healthy week ahead!

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