Cathedral Grove

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. 

 

 

Monday Mindfulness ~ November 5, 2018

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

I find myself coping with and working to improve a few strugglesome things as of late. Outside of work, my days are filled with sunshine and solid ground upon which to stand, for which I am ever grateful. Work, however, has unfortunately become a bit of a long, hard slog with a big ol’ rucksack through a muddy mire into gusty winds.  Oh bother.

If there is anything with which you are currently struggling in your own life, then I hope you’ll find a bit of inspiration, hope, or comfort in today’s post – as well as in past Monday Mindfulness offerings. I normally only post one thought of the moment on Mondays, but this time around we’re having a bit of a double feature. Why not, eh? 

e e cummings - To Be Nobody But Yourself

Edward Estlin Cummings – or e e cummings, as he often styled himself – was an American modernist free-form poet, and it is from him that our first thought for the moment comes. 

Aldous Huxley - One Corner of the Universe

Here’s a bonus thought for the moment, this one from British writer and poet Aldous Huxley who is perhaps best known as the author of science-fiction classic Brave New World.

Monday Mindfulness ~ October 29, 2018

Hello, everyone – and thanks for stopping by for another installment of Monday Mindfulness here at Cathedral Grove.

I’ve recently returned from a little jaunt over to The Netherlands, so I’ll be posting a few words and snapshots relating to my trip some time in the coming days. Canals and bicycles and pancakes – oh my! 

In the meantime, here’s a quote I recently stumbled upon that struck a chord for me. It comes to us from Brené Brown, who describes herself on her website as ‘Researcher. Storyteller. Texan.’ (Tip of my invisible cowboy hat to you, Brené.) A professor at the University of Houston and the author of multiple bestsellers, her primary focus of study is on ‘courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy.’

Brené Brown - Right to Know Your Story

Striving to maintain ownership of my own personal story has been a profoundly important theme in my adult life due in large part to a few key events in my formative years. I would imagine it is an important thing to many of you as well, especially keen users of social media. In this day and age, it’s hard to know where your words and images will end up, or – perhaps most importantly – how the reality of your lived experiences will be reshaped, perhaps little by little and innocently enough, in the retelling.

Am I saying never share your experiences with others, close yourself off to the world? No, not all. Like our Texan storyteller here, I’m suggesting that whenever possible we choose to share our stories with those who will treat them with respect, who will seek to understand what it is you truly saw and did and said. 

It’s your life, your story – own your role as the heroic albeit human protagonist.

 

Monday Mindfulness ~ October 22, 2018

Hello, lovely people. Thanks so much for stopping by once again. It’s about time for a fresh bit of Monday Mindfulness, isn’t it?

Today’s food for thought is a poignant quote from Rachel Carson – biologist, author, and environmental activist. She is perhaps best known for her highly influential work, Silent Spring

After a very challenging and mentally exhausting few days at work, I know I’m definitely looking forward to getting back to nature over the next day or two. For me, nature always nurtures. 

Here’s hoping you have a wonderful week ahead. If you can, make some time to go outside – somewhere green and a little bit wild. 

Rachel Carson - Repeated Refrains of Nature

Monday Mindfulness ~ October 15, 2018

Hello, lovely people. 

Thanks to all who followed last week’s posts having to do with World Mental Health Day, and now welcome back for another installment of Monday Mindfulness. This week’s quote comes to us from Mark Twain, author of such classics as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

May you both give and be shown kindness this week, and always.

Mark Twain - Kindness is a Language

Monday Mindfulness ~ October 1, 2018

Hello, all. Time for another installment of Monday Mindfulness.

Today, it’s a reminder to be grateful from Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor (from 161-180), Stoic philosopher, and author of Meditations. 

Here’s hoping your day and the week ahead is filled with joy, contentment, and many other things besides for which to be grateful. 

Marcus Aurelius - A Privilege to Be Alive

Monday Mindfulness ~ September 24, 2018

Good morning, all. A very happy start of the new week to you all.

Today, our Monday Mindfulness thought comes from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Wouldn’t it be nice if more people felt as such? I believe a kinder, more compassionate humanity is possible.

Challenge yourself today and every day to speak and act as you would like others to. If there are people in your life for whom unkindness is their way of being, show them a better way by your deeds.

Dalai Lama XIV - Your Philosophy is Simple Kindness

Monday Mindfulness ~ September 17, 2018

Happy Monday Mindfulness, y’all.

This week our food for thought comes from Mahatma Gandhi, a leader of India’s independence movement against British rule and an architect of non-violent civil disobedience.

Gandhi -Where There is Love There is Life

Monday Mindfulness ~ September 10, 2018

Good morning, all – and happy Monday Mindfulness once again, following a brief pause.

I’ve recently returned to work as an adventurous activities group leader after having a bit of the summer off. My mind has been a bit off-kilter this week what with readjusting back into the flow of things, but I stumbled upon this quote last night after finishing work and found it to be an important bit of perspective for me. Hopefully, you’ll find it to be both helpful and hopeful too.

Hat tip to Robert Louis Stevenson, writer of Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, from whom we get this week’s quote.

Robert Louis Stevenson - The Seeds You Plant

Monday Mindfulness ~ August 27, 2018

Hello, world.

Time for another Monday Mindfulness to kick start the week. Today’s quote comes from the Irish novelist and playwright George Bernard Shaw, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925.

Here’s hoping y’all have a marvelous day and a wonderful week ahead!

George Bernard Shaw - Create Yourself

Monday Mindfulness ~ August 20, 2018

Happy Monday, all. I hope everyone has a really satisfying week ahead, filled with good times and good things.

Here’s some more Monday Mindfulness for us all. Having recently come back from a week away, I felt inspired this week to share a quote about travel that spoke to me.

Find a bit more on American essayist and naturalist Henry David Thoreau here, if interested. 

Thoreau - Travel the World Over

Monday Mindfulness ~ August 13, 2018

Hello, all. I hope today’s Monday Mindfulness note finds you well.

Here’s a little positivity from Martin Luther King Jr., whose impact on history I’m sure most of you will already be familiar with. It’s good to remember that we can each make a positive difference or set a good example through even seemingly insignificant actions.

Anyway, here’s hoping you all have a really positive, really lovely week ahead.

Until next time! 

Martin Luther King Jr. - Do Small Things in a Great Way