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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

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

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

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.

Icelandic saying - þetta reddast

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.’  

Jon Kabat-Zinn - Taking Care of the Present Now.png

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.

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