Cathedral Grove

Hello! And Welcome…

Megan here. Many thanks for checking out my little seedling of a site, Cathedral Grove. Let’s go on an adventure, between the pines of possibility!

If you haven’t already, I’d encourage you to take a wander over to our About page to see what sort of posts you can expect in the future. It’s my hope that the site will change and grow for the better with time, so I couldn’t possibly tell you precisely where the path forward will lead. One thing is for sure – there will be bad, tree-related puns.  (Sorry. Not sorry.)

Do you have any ideas for topics you’d like to see explored on Cathedral Grove? Let me know! Comments are always encouraged and alternate views also quite welcome  – but please, share with respect and kindness. 

John Muir - Every Two Pines

Sabbatical Shenanigans: An Update on Things (Hopefully!) to Come

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Hello, lovely people!

There’s no Monday Mindfulness post again this week, but it will return once more before too long. You may have noticed that I’ve taken a little break from posting much of anything over the past few weeks. Fortunately, this hasn’t been due to any unfortunate events! Rather, it seemed best to put creative endeavors aside for a short while, just so Nick and I could focus more intensely on furthering our plans for our upcoming work sabbatical as we draw closer to its start.

So – what’s new with us? Well, mostly we’ve been working away as normal. We’re both adventurous activity leaders at a residential centre, so for around 12 hours each working day we’re looking after a group of primary school children and their teachers as we run them through a quick succession of activities like canoeing, climbing, archery, zipwiring, et cetera… When you’re working with a lovely group and things are going well, it’s quite enjoyable and fulfilling. Other times it may be that you’re having to lead a canoe session during a hail storm, or you’re breaking up fist fights between not-so-pleasant children, or you’re cleaning up buckets-worth of sick in the dorms… In other words, it can be a bit of a mixed bag, you know? You just never know what each new work day will bring. 

Anyway, we’ve been busily mapping out our sabbatical a little bit each weekend since just before the new year, and we’ve now got a better idea of when and where some things will be happening.  Read More

Monday Mindfulness ~ February 4, 2019

Hello, all. It’s Monday once again and that means it’s time for another installment of Monday Mindfulness.

This week, I’m feeling inspired by this quote from noted scientist and two-time Nobel Prize recipient Marie Curie.

What wise words are resonating with you this week?

Until next time, may your week be filled with good times and well-being. All the best to you all! 

Marie Curie - Understand More, Fear Less

Monday Mindfulness ~ January 28, 2019

Hello, all. Monday Mindfulness is back once again as we venture boldly into a new week.

This week, perhaps we can take a bit of inspiration from this Japanese proverb.

May your days this week and in the future be filled with strength, resilience, and positivity. May you be happy, and may you be well. Have a great week, everyone.

japanese proverb - mountain remains still

6 Things You Can Do to Help Bees Be Happy and Healthy

It may be winter but before we know it the ground will start to thaw, folks will be back out in their gardens, and bees and other pollinators will make an appearance once again. If like me you’re a big fan of these little flower-friends, you may have wondered how best to make your garden, flower boxes, or community allotment into a more bee-friendly habitat.  

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Let’s get right to it, shall we? Without further ado, here are a few easy ways you can help our planet’s precious pollinators.  Read More

18 Ways to Use Less Plastic in Everyday Life

Plastic is everywhere in modern times, seemingly unavoidable. From fresh produce to children’s toys to magazines, almost everything comes wrapped in it. It’s in our beauty products as tiny beads meant to ‘exfoliate,’ it thinly coats paper receipts and lines shiny wrapping paper, and it even makes an appearance as microscopic fibers in synthetic clothing. 

Humanity has produced over 9.2 billion tons of plastic since it began heavily manufacturing the material post-World War II. A staggering 6.9 billion tons of that has become waste, with the majority of it never making it to a recycling facility. Most plastics don’t breakdown very easily, with some plastics taking as long as 450 years to decompose. So those billions of tons of plastic waste are going to be around for a long time, making their way into the oceans and eventually entering the food chain.

Certainly, we as a species need to come up with some large-scale solutions to our plastic pollution problem. But what can you and I do in everyday life to help make things better? Below, find 18 small but impactful changes you can make in your everyday life to help decrease global plastic use.

Of course, the purpose of this list is not to make any one among us feel guilty for things not being done (I’m certainly not one to point fingers, as I can only put a check mark besides perhaps half of these habits as of present…), but rather to inspire and to get us all to be a touch more mindful of our choices.

Stay tuned for more on this topic in the near future. In the meantime, read on – and feel free to share your own tips for living a more environmentally-friendly life in the comments below.

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Monday Mindfulness ~ January 21, 2019

Hello, all! Welcome back. It’s time for this week’s installment of Monday Mindfulness.

This week’s quote comes from the multi-talented Dr. Mae Jemison, former NASA astronaut, doctor, and chemical engineer. 

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Monday Mindfulness ~ January 14, 2019

Hello, folks. Welcome back. It’s the start of a fresh week, full of possibilities, and that means it’s time for another installment of Monday Mindfulness.

This week, our thought for the moment comes from American novelist Nancy Thayer.

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!

nancy thayer - the universe is always speaking

6 Small Acts of Self-Care to Try in This New Year

It’s been a bit over a week now since the start of the new year, which means a return to work for many. For a lot of folks being back on the job might also mean a return to feeling tired and stressed out, which means it’s a good time for a friendly reminder about the importance of self-care. 

Self-care can take many forms, as what each individual needs in any given moment will of course vary. Here are just a handful of simple, easy things to help make life that little bit better if you find yourself feeling stretched to your limits this week or in the future.

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Monday Mindfulness ~ January 7, 2019

It’s the first Monday Mindfulness post of 2019! 

Just before 2018 came to a close, I shared a Monday Mindfulness triple-feature of sorts – one post with three great quotes to inspire for the year ahead. If you happened to have missed it, check it out here.

This week, here’s a quote seemingly appropriate for the beginning of a new year from one of America’s founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin.

benjamin franklin - let each year find you better

Nurturing Your Connection with Nature This New Year: 7 Suggestions

It’s the start of a new year and for many people that means the making (and maybe breaking…) of new year’s resolutions. While I don’t make resolutions myself, ticking over into a new year does make me more mindful of my tendencies and habits. It’s important to tweak or phase some things out from time to time, and maybe even to introduce a new practice or two for the benefit of your total wellbeing.

One thing that always seems to better my life at any given moment is spending time in nature, and it’s something I strive to do even more of. There are a TON of ways in which being in a natural setting for even a short amount of time can improve wellbeing. Many studies have been done showing nature’s ability to boost mood and self-esteem, inspire awe (which in turn fosters kindness and other prosocial behaviors), improve creative reasoning, and reduce stress.

With all this in mind, here are seven suggestions for anyone resolving to get their nature fix in this new year. 

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Monday Mindfulness ~ December 31, 2018

Hello – and Happy (almost) New Year, everyone.

On this, the last day of the Old Year, I thought it fitting to share not one but three quotes as part of today’s Monday Mindfulness segment. Today, it’s all about looking forward and moving forward – with inner strength, hope, and positivity.

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Thought of the moment No. 1 comes from young diarist and Holocaust victim, Anne Frank.

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