Cathedral Grove

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

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. 

mae jemison - never limit yourself

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

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

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.

Anne Frank - What A Wonderful Thought It Is

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

Read on for more… Read More

(Belated) Monday Mindfulness ~ December 18, 2018

Hello, everyone!

It’s another belated Monday Mindfulness, on account of me being at 38,000 feet most of yesterday! After a long day of traveling, I’m now on the other side of the Atlantic where I’m visiting my parents in Texas for the holidays.

This week, the thought of the moment comes from Bob Black, an American anarchist and writer.

I hope y’all have a lovely week wherever you are.

Bob Black - Reinvention of Daily Life

(Belated) Monday Mindfulness ~ December 11, 2018

Hello, lovely people. Thanks again so much for stopping by.

Nick and I returned home to our little corner of West Yorkshire yesterday afternoon after a festive weekend away visiting friends near Liverpool. I’d usually prepare and schedule a Monday Mindfulness post in advance, but I must admit I’ve gotten a bit sidetracked by last week. Between our work’s Christmas party, going away to see friends in Liverpool, and getting ready to go see other friends down in Bristol later this week, well, it simply slipped my mind! 

Anyway, without much more rambling from me, here is this week’s thought of the moment. I really like this quote from poet, essayist, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, and I hope it will hold meaning for you too. 

I hope you all have a really positive, healthy, happy week ahead.

Maya Angelou - We Delight in the Butterfly

Monday Mindfulness ~ December 3, 2018

Hello, everyone. Hope your week is off to a lovely start. Here’s another dose of Monday Mindfulness for us all.

This week’s thought for the moment comes to us from Theodore Roosevelt, former US president, explorer, and naturalist. It’s not the first time Cathedral Grove has featured one of his quotes. Clearly, he was a quotable notable.

Until next time, lovelies!

Theodore Roosevelt -Do What You Can

Monday Mindfulness ~ November 26, 2018

Hello again, lovely people. It’s time for another bit of Monday Mindfulness.

This week’s thought for the moment comes from Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, a lengthy poem penned by British poet and playwright Lord Byron. The piece, a reflection on travel in foreign lands, was written by Byron whilst he traveled through Europe in his early 20s. 

Here’s hoping you have some time this week or next to explore pathless woods or sit upon a lonely shore, taking in nature’s grandeur.

Lord Byron - I love not Man the less, but Nature more


Monday Mindfulness ~ November 19, 2018

Hello again, everyone. Thank you so much for stopping by. It’s time for another installment of Monday Mindfulness.

This week, our thought of the moment comes to us from Eckhart Tolle, popular spiritualist author of bestsellers such as The Power of Now. I must say I’m not especially familiar with his work myself, but I understand his teachings draw from a mixture of Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sufism and that certainly appeals to me. 

This quote just feels right, right now. 

Eckhart Tolle - Get the Inside Right


 

Monday Mindfulness ~ November 12, 2018

Hello again, fellow wanderers in the Cathedral Grove. Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m grateful you’re here.

This week, here’s a quote from Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac to kick things off. 

Jack Kerouac - Climb That GD Mountain

This quote has a special resonance right now. I mentioned previously that work has been a bit same-y, a bit strugglesome for a few months now. It has taken a noticeable toll on my mental and physical wellbeing. It’s a salvageable situation, one I think can be significantly improved by taking a bit of a step back, taking some time to breathe and think.

My partner Nick and I are quite fortunate to be currently working for an organization that understands how unrelentingly intense the work we do can be and that recognizes its employees generally tend to burn out every 2-3 years. There’s a policy in place that makes it possible for employees to take a sabbatical of 2 months or more after working with the company for 2+ years, during which time their position is held for them. We’ve been encouraged to take a bit of time off ourselves and have just been granted a few months off in Spring 2019, typically the busiest, longest haul of our particular work year. 

We’re really looking forward to the adventures we’re planning together, as well as the opportunity to explore training and additional opportunities which we otherwise don’t have time for because of our regular schedules. We’re still planning and number crunching and discussing joint adventures with friends who are likewise going to be on sabbatical, but I know whatever makes the final cut is going to be positively brilliant.

I’m looking forward to sharing more with you all in the future…

Until next time, may you be well and may you have your own wonderful adventures, big and small.