Cathedral Grove

Monday Mindfulness ~ July 30, 2018

A very happy fresh week to you all. May it be filled with love, laughter, adventure, and wellness.

For this week’s Monday Mindfulness, here’s an inspiring thought that really resonates, coming to us from influential Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. More on him here, for the interested.  

Paulo Coelho - The World is Changed by Your Example

(Belated) Monday Mindfulness ~ July 24, 2018

Well, it isn’t Monday…but it’s always the right time for mindfulness.

Apologies for the scarcity of posts lately. Work has been keeping me fairly busy the past few weeks, what with needing to run adventurous activities for school groups plus all the deep cleaning and facilities touch-up that goes into getting the centre ready to shut down for the summer holidays.

Now it’s officially the summer break, it’s time for some more think-y thought-y stuff!

When I’ve had a day or so off, I’ve been delving into a fantastic game recommended to me by friends – Dragon Age: Inquisition. I finished it last week, but – you know what – I’m very likely to play it through again sometime very soon, because it’s just that great. I’d say it’s currently my second favorite game ever, not far behind the extraordinarily mind-blowing Horizon Zero Dawn.

Anyway, seeing as I’ve just finished DA:I and it’s still on the brain, I felt like sharing some positive thoughts from it. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be chilling out at home whilst enjoying some of the delightful tavern songs from Skyhold’s Herald’s Rest, conveniently on Spotify for my listening pleasure!

DA.I - The Space Between Stars

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Monday Mindfulness ~ June 25, 2018

Hello again, fellow wanderers in the Cathedral Grove. Monday Mindfulness is back after a brief pause.

Our thought for the week comes from Pema Chödrön, a Buddhist nun and author of several books on mindfulness. Lovely, isn’t it? There is more about the source’s life and works here on her foundation’s page, should you be interested.

Pema Chodron - You are the Sky

Monday Mindfulness ~ June 11, 2018

Greetings, fellow explorers of landscapes both external and internal.

Today, our little bit of mindfulness comes from British explorer and most-fancy-name-haver Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes. Most know him more simply as Ranulph Fiennes, however. The former British Army officer, avid adventurer, and author has undertaken a wide ranging variety of expeditions in his 74 years, including crossing Antarctica on foot and climbing Mount Everest at the age of 65.  

I particularly like the way this quote can apply to heading out to do some adventurous activities, but how it can also relate to the sort of mental attitude we take towards all things unexpected or inconvenient.

For further information about the person behind the quote, see here.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes - No Such Thing As Bad Weather

Monday Mindfulness ~ June 4, 2018

I know I said it would be unlikely that I’d share anything whilst visiting home, but – surprise! My Texas wanderings have inspired me, so here’s your Monday Mindfulness post for the week ahead.

This entry comes to us courtesy J.R.R. Tolkien, the writer of classic fantasy epics ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy – some personal favorites of both myself and partner Nick. 

Here’s a bit more on Tolkien’s life and works if you’re interested.

J.R.R. Tolkien - Not All Those Who Wander

Monday Mindfulness ~ May 21, 2018

Hello, lovely people. Monday Mindfulness is back! Here’s hoping you have a week filled with contentment, joy, and fulfillment. 

I’ll be traveling back ‘across the pond’ this Saturday and will be Stateside for about a week and a half while visiting my much loved and much thought of family. As such, it’s unlikely there will be any new posts here on Cathedral Grove until after I get back and have had a bit of time to adjust. 

In the meantime, be well and be happy! 

Chinese Proverb - Relaxation is Who You Are

Monday Mindfulness ~ May 7, 2018

For this week’s Monday Mindfulness musing, let’s go to naturalist and America’s 26th president, Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt.

For a bit more on his life, visit here.

Theodore Roosevelt - Stars, Ground

Monday Mindfulness ~ April 30, 2018

This week’s quote comes from the famous Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. 

To read a bit more about the artist, visit here.

Vincent Van Gogh - Normality is a Paved Road

Monday Mindfulness ~ April 23, 2018

This week’s quote comes from Bashō, a 17th century Japanese poet and creator of haibun, an intermingling of prose and haiku which describes a physical journey made by its maker. Through haibun, a person describes not only what they actually saw in their travels but also the things experienced within.

For a bit more on Bashō, see here.

Basho - The Journey is Home

Monday Mindfulness ~ April 16, 2018

Each Monday, Cathedral Grove will feature a ‘thought of the moment’ to consider. This week’s quote comes from the 13th century Persian poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad – known more commonly to English speakers as Rumi.

For a bit more on Rumi, see here.

Rumi - You, the Universe