Cathedral Grove

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 of volunteering as an Operations Team Leader supervising a group of trail team volunteers 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.

Hans Christian Andersen - Just Living is Not Enough

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!

A.A. Milne - Piglet was Comforted by This

Monday Mindfulness ~ June 3, 2019

Hello again, everyone. I really hope that this fresh Monday Mindfulness finds you well, healthy, and content!

I recently wrote about a couple of TED talks which spoke to me and my wandering mind – you can check that post out here if you missed it – one of which was presented by digital nomad, speaker, and author Marianne Cantwell. Following on from that, I really felt like sharing this quote from her site with you all.

It’s a great one to ponder! Do you feel like this shift in thinking is applicable to any aspect of your life? 

Marianne Cantwell - Weaknesses are Just Strengths in the Wrong Environment

Monday Mindfulness ~ May 27, 2019

Hello, and good afternoon everyone!

If you’re reading this from the States, then I hope you’re having a nice Memorial Day weekend – and if you’re reading from the UK, then I hope you’re enjoying your May Bank Holiday weekend!

Wherever you may be around the world, whether you’re having an extended weekend or not, I hope that this week’s Monday Mindfulness finds you well. Today’s thought of the moment comes to us from Mark Black. 

Remember – it’s OK to relax, rest, and simply do something you enjoy, purely for enjoyment’s sake!

Mark Black - Most Productive Thing You Can Do

Monday Mindfulness ~ May 20, 2019

It’s Monday – and you know what that means. That’s right, it’s time for the latest installment of Monday Mindfulness.

Today’s thought for the moment comes to us from Bertrand Russell, British philosopher, logician, and Nobel Laureate of Literature. 

Thank you so much for stopping by once again, folks. Wishing you all a happy, healthy week ahead, hopefully filled with mental clarity!

Bertrand Russell - Wiser People So Full of Doubts

Monday Mindfulness ~ May 6, 2019

Hello, fellow wanderers in the Cathedral Grove.

Firstly, my sincere apologies for the lack of posts over the past few weeks! My partner and I are currently about half way through our first trip to the Balkans. We’re having a wonderful time of it, but it does mean of course that I’ve been a bit distracted and not very good at keeping my site up-to-date! Thank you all very much for your patience, and I can assure you that I’m taking lots of notes and tons of photographs and as such there will be loads of fresh updates coming soon!

Anyway, as I am writing to you all from Montenegro this very moment, I thought I’d feature an apt quote I stumbled upon earlier from 19th century Prince-Bishop of Montenegro, poet, and author of several works including The Mountain Wreath, Petar II Petrović Njegoš. Behind it, you’ll see a lovely photograph of Montenegro’s Lake Skadar – not mine though, as I’ve not yet made it there but hope to later this week!

Petar II Petrović Njegoš - One Who Doesn't Travel

Monday Mindfulness ~ April 22, 2019

Hello again, all. I hope this Monday Mindfulness post finds you well. 

With yesterday having been John Muir’s birthday and today being Earth Day, this quote in particular spoke to me and seemed worthy of sharing with you all on this fine day. 

So here we have it, a lovely quote from Scottish-American naturalist and writer John Muir, whose book My First Summer in the Sierra you should really read

John Muir - We All Travel the Universe Together

Monday Mindfulness ~ April 15, 2019

Hello, and happy Monday Mindfulness to you all once again!

Hopefully, if you’ve been off this weekend you’ve had a restful time of it, and if you’ve been at work I hope that very soon you get a nice bit of time to yourself or with loved ones to unwind and recover.

This week’s thought of the moment to start our week off comes from Zen Master and founder of the Engaged Buddhism movement, Thich Nhat Hanh. As someone who all too often slips only semi-consciously into worrying over the past and the future, I feel that this quote offers an especially important reminder. 

Thích Nhất Hạnh - The Present Moment

Photo by Autumn Goodman via Unsplash.

Monday Mindfulness ~ April 8, 2019

Hello, and happy Monday Mindfulness to you!

This week, I’m really liking these two quotes in particular that just so happen to be from the same person, self-help author and speaker Karen Salmansohn. Sometimes bad things happen to us or to others around us, and it can be hard not to get a bit down over it all. I believe it is so important, however, that when these things happen we do our best to remember that there is still so much good in the world. Indeed, there is so much goodness in us – and with that goodness we can help ensure that others remember these vital truths too. 

I know that at times it can be difficult but let’s all try to be relentlessly kind, to ourselves as well as others. Read More

Monday Mindfulness ~ March 25, 2019

Hello, all – and happy Monday! 

It’s a fresh, new Monday, meaning it’s also time for a fresh, new thought of the moment to kick-start the week.

For today’s Monday Mindfulness quote, I’ve borrowed from 18th-century German poet, playwright, and novelist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Wishing you all a great week ahead, filled with positive folks and experiences!

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Trust Yourself
Photo by Ben Waardenburg, via Unsplash

 

Monday Mindfulness ~ March 11, 2019

Hello again, everyone.

Here’s hoping that this fresh dose of Monday Mindfulness finds you well – that you are happy and healthy, that you enjoy a few lovely adventures today and in the days ahead, and that you find time to be kind to yourself as well as to others. 

For today’s thought of the moment, here’s a lovely bit of writing from Indian-Canadian poet and illustrator Rupi Kaur. I hope you enjoy it.

Until next time, all the best to you all.

Rupi Kaur - Bloom

Monday Mindfulness ~ February 25, 2019

Greetings, everyone!

After a bit of a hiatus, Monday Mindfulness is back once more! Today, I’m sharing not one, but two new quote creations (I make all these little text-on-image thingamajigs via Canva, an excellent free graphic design tool which I can very much recommend to just about any and all fellow bloggers…) to help kick off the new week. It’s my last week of full-time work for a while, as I’ll be on a work sabbatical after this. Standing on the brink of adventure, it seemed appropriate to feature a few quotes on the topic of travel! So, here we are – a quote from 19th century French science fiction writer Jules Verne, as well as another quote by English Renaissance philosopher Francis Bacon.

All the best to you and yours this week. May you find a bit of time in your schedule for an adventure big or small, solo or with others!

Jules Verne - Travel If You Can

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