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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.

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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 well-being. 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 just in time for another installment of Monday Mindfulness.

Now, 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 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 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