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Positive News Stories From This Week #6

Hello again, everyone – and a very Happy Mother’s Day to those reading this in the States right now.

Today I’m back with a fresh end-of-week news round-up, ready to shine a spotlight on some of the many positive things and acts of kindness continuing to happen around the world during these often uncertain and sometimes stressful times. My wish, as from the very beginning of this lockdown tradition, is that these stories of kindness, community, and hope will add a bit of sunshine to your day. Perhaps you’ll even be inspired to help out a struggling neighbour or stranger in need however you may be able during the week ahead.

Oh, and just in case you happened to miss last weekend’s batch of Positive News Stories, you can find it here.

Thanks for reading!

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Let’s Connect: Share + Promote Your Blog!

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Many of us may still be in lockdown, but we can still connect.

While a lot of tragedy and uncertainty has come of these strange times, it hasn’t all been doom and gloom these past few weeks. Just take a look at some recent examples of people helping others and communities pulling together in the face of adversity. It’s inspiring stuff indeed and most definitely to be encouraged and celebrated.

I know one thing I’ve been reminded of as of late is the great importance of positive connection, acts of kindness, and supportive communities to our overall well-being and quality of life – and I’m certain many of you can relate to this as well. 

With this in mind, I’d like to offer this space to anyone and everyone reading this now as a place to share and promote your blog and social media links. Let’s connect!

If you’re happy to share with others:

  • Leave a link to your site in the comments below.
  • Please include a brief overview of the sorts of content readers might find on your site too.
  • Feel free to direct people to your associated social media pages too, if you want.

Hopefully, this will help foster some really supportive interactions and grow a nice sense of community amongst bloggers of varying interests and backgrounds.

 

 

 

 

Monday Mindfulness ~ May 4, 2020

Good morning, everyone. Monday Mindfulness is back after a brief pause.

You know what? It’s good to pause now and then. It’s good to break routine, do what some might consider ‘nothing’ for a bit, and simply appreciate being.

For many, a world in lockdown may feel like a world paused – and for some, that may seem a scary notion. But, as Eckhart Tolle reminds us in today’s quote, stillness can be a wonderful thing. Within stillness lives opportunity – for everything from self-discovery to a greater appreciation of place. When we become still – as in meditation, for instance – it can be as though a door has been opened for us, through which we might step into realms of deeper connections and greater understanding. There is possibility in pause.

Whatever you might find yourself getting up to this week, please remember to be kind to yourself. Try to extend that kindness to others too if you feel able. And don’t forget as well to make a little time to pause every now and then.

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Positive News Stories From This Week #5

Hello, lovely people.

My end-of-week news round-up is back after a short pause, ready to highlight some of the many positive things still happening around the world during these strange times. Here’s hoping this latest edition finds you and yours doing well, wherever you might be reading this. May these nice news nuggets add a bit of sunshine to your day as well!

If you happened to have missed the previous edition of Positive News Stories, you can find it here. And if you’d like to know a bit more about what inspired this now-regular Sunday feature, check out its very first edition here.

Thanks for reading!

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Practicing Gratitude in the Blogosphere

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Admit it. At least once since creating your site and first hitting that ‘publish’ button you’ve found yourself thinking something along the lines of, ‘100 followers – that’s lovely. But I sure do wish I had 1,000! (Or 10,000. Or 100,000.) Then things will really be great!’

I’m ashamed to say that I’ve been guilty of this sort of thinking a few times in the past 2 years, since I started sharing publically here on Cathedral Grove. Read More

5 Tips to Help You Sleep Better Tonight

Friends, I am tired. And if your sleep patterns have been anything like mine during these strange times, then you’re likely a bit tired too.

But that ends tonight.

You see, I know exactly what I should be doing to get a good night’s sleep every night but – I admit it! – I have from time to time during my furlough been letting some aspects of my own self-care slide by unnecessarily prioritising productivity over rest. But giving our minds and bodies permission to rest can be just as important – sometimes even more important! – than getting stuff done. Without regular restorative rest, our healthy functioning will eventually suffer and deteriorate.

So, let this next bit serve as a reminder to you and me alike of the many powerful gifts of rest, and also as a gentle nudge toward better, more sustained self-care. Without further ado, here are my 5 tips to help us all sleep better starting tonight.

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The 2.6 Challenge: Supporting UK Charities in Need

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This Sunday – April 26th – would have been the 40th running of the London Marathon, one of the world’s biggest one-day charity fundraising events. In 2019, race participants raised more than £65 million for the charities of their individual choice. With the event cancelled this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, its organizers decided to create the 2.6 Challenge instead – encouraging people around the UK to become ‘Home Heroes’ by doing an activity of their choosing where they live, sharing the message with others that charities throughout the country are especially in need right now, and either fundraising or simply donating to a charity. 

Activities can be anything really – from completing 26 laps of your garden to doing 26 minutes of yoga, or even planking for 2.6 minutes. It doesn’t have to be a physical challenge though; you could even bake 26 delicious cupcakes, if you prefer! Whatever you choose, the aim is to do it in some form of 2.6 or 26 – just as a marathon is only a little bit over 26 miles in distance. If you’re not certain what to do yourself but you’d like to take part, check out the 2.6 Challenge’s ideas page for inspiration.

This weekend I’ll be doing 26 minutes of meditation and donating in support of Mind, a mental health charity which works to raise awareness, promote understanding, and provide mental health services here in the UK. I won’t be fundraising in this instance, but I hope that my 2.6 challenge and donation to go with it will inspire some of you to give what you can to a charity of your choice this weekend. 

Will you be taking part in the 2.6 Challenge as well? I’d love to hear about what you get up to and which charity you’re championing in the comments below!

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7 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day, Even in Lockdown

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Earth Day 2020 is upon us – and although this year’s 50th anniversary celebration has had to move predominantly online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are still a plethora of ways that we can demonstrate love for our unique, shared world.

First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is an annual event which seeks to promote advocacy, volunteering, and citizen science in support of the global environment by way of education and activities focusing on issues such as climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and the rise of pollutants. This year, Earth Day organizers have shifted emphasis towards digital mobilizations.

So – with many of us staying home and keeping local to help protect our frontline medical professionals and to save lives, what things can we do to celebrate our amazing planet?

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Monday Mindfulness ~ April 20, 2020

Good morning, all – and a very happy Monday Mindfulness to everyone as well. Thanks so much for pausing here with me this morning for a fresh thought of the moment. 

Perhaps you, like me, sometimes look at what is currently happening around the world and wonder the likes of: ‘Am I doing enough?’ ‘Am I contributing meaningfully enough?’ ‘Am I helping others enough?’ Let this quote from Teddy Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, be a gentle reminder to us all then – that whatever we’re doing to look after ourselves and others throughout these strange times is enough.

Took only what you really needed from the store during your weekly shop? Reached out to someone you haven’t spoken to in some time, even if you only chatted for a handful of minutes? Snapped a picture of a beautiful field of flowers spotted during your walk-a-day, then shared it to lift spirits elsewhere? Or perhaps you decided just to do a bit of doodling today, simply because it’s a tool in your mental health first aid kit? Whatever you’re doing to share a bit of loving-kindness with yourself and others, it is valuable and positively impactful, whether you realize it fully or not.  

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Positive News Stories From This Week #4

Sunday salutations, all – and here’s hoping that this latest round-up of Positive News Stories From This Week finds you all healthy and happy.

If you happened to miss out on last week’s installment and you’d like to catch up, you can find it here.

Hopefully, each of these nuggets of nice news helps inject a bit more positivity into your day. I’ll be back with more next Sunday, so please do stay tuned!

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Monday Mindfulness ~ April 13, 2020

Hello again, everyone – and a happy Monday Mindfulness to you all as well. I hope that you all enjoyed an Easter weekend filled with self-care, good cheer, and – of course – lots of chocolate. 

Let’s have a double – no, a quadruple! – feature this week, shall we? Here are two fresh thoughts for the moment, one from Anne Frank and another from Aesop. I’ve also snuck in a couple ‘oldies but goodies,’ meaning two previously featured quotes – one from Karen Salmansohn and another from Mark Twain. This week’s common thread: KINDNESS

Which quote speaks to you the most right now? Let me know below.

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Positive News Stories From This Week #3

It’s Sunday, which means it’s time for a fresh dose of positive news stories from this week! I hope that this round-up of rather nice things brings a smile to your face and a sprinkling of joy to your spirit as well.

If you missed them and would like to catch up, you can find last week’s post here, as well as the very first installment here.

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