Cathedral Grove

Happy Winter Solstice, Everyone!

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Hello, everyone!

Just popping in to wish you all a very pleasant Winter Solstice today. Sure, it may mean that today is the shortest day of the year, but that just means that the days will only start getting longer from here!  

Here’s hoping that wherever you may be you are content and you are well.

Just to let you all know, there likely won’t be much in the way of posts here on Cathedral Grove over the next two weeks or so as I’m visiting my family for the holidays. A more regular posting schedule will resume in the new year.

(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

Let’s Connect! An Update from Cathedral Grove

Hello, everyone! Megan here. 

Just wanted to drop y’all a line to say that it is now possible to follow this little seedling of a site via Facebook and Twitter! I’ve changed things around ever so slightly on the main page so that now there are a few convenient icons with links to our social media pages just below the site’s header, at the top of the sidebar – just look under ‘Follow Cathedral Grove on Social Media.’ 

Sometimes so-called ‘social’ media can engender feelings of being disconnected from other people and can bring about other negative feelings besides, but it need not always be that way. I believe in utilizing platforms such as these to highlight and share stories of kindness, of hope, of the positive things that humankind can do (and does!) when it puts its collective mind to it. If you’d like to join me on this little journey of mine then I’d enjoy the pleasant company! 

On another note, I want to say a really big thank you to everyone who has followed this site to date. Thanks to y’all, Cathedral Grove now has 50 followers! That won’t seem a very large number to some, but it means a ton to me. That’s 50 kind souls who have taken a little bit of time out of their busy day to stop by, to have a read of my words, to leave a like or a comment on something into which I’ve poured a little bit of my heart and soul. So, thank you – really, truly, deeply! 

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(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

Just 8 Incredible Facts About Trees and Forests for National Tree Week

Did you know that it is currently National Tree Week here in the UK? I didn’t, until just recently!

Started in 1975 by The Tree Council following an outbreak of Dutch Elm disease which led to nationwide replanting, National Tree Week strives to raise awareness among people about the benefits and needs of trees, as well as encourages communities to positively impact their local landscape by planting and protecting trees. 

As a related aside, if you live in the UK and are interested in supporting woodland preservation and the restoration of ancient woodland then I’d urge you to check out The Woodland Trust. I’ve been a member for a few years now, and I think they do great work around the country.

Taking a leaf from National Tree Week’s book, here now are a few facts worth knowing about trees and forests.

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A Post-Thanksgiving Challenge: An A-Z of Gratitude

Although this year’s Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, I feel it’s always the perfect time to practice giving thanks for the many positive things and wonderful people we have in our lives. With this in mind, I’ve done a bit of brainstorming and put together my own little A-Z of Gratitude after being inspired by other bloggers and writers across various platforms.

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Feeling inspired too? Feel free to share your list in the comments below. 

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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


Happy Thanksgiving! Giving Thanks, Today and Always…

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Here’s wishing all of you a very happy Thanksgiving! 

No matter who you are or where you’re from, I hope your day is filled with joy and gratitude, love and laughter. Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you’ll find a moment or two to be thankful for the good things in your life, whatever they may be.

What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving?

For me, well, I am always so profoundly grateful for my amazing parents, for their unconditional love, their positive example, and their understanding. Mom and Dad, I know it’s been difficult for you both at times these past few years, what with my meeting my partner-in-adventure and in so doing becoming an accidental expat. I’m grateful that our connection and our love is strong at any distance. Looking forward to being home in the USA for a bit soon!

I am also incredibly grateful for Nick, my aforementioned partner-in-adventure of over 4 years now. Nick, my dear, your kind heart and generous soul inspire me every day. So looking forward to whatever we might happen to do next!  

I am so very grateful for these things and much, much, much more…but I shall leave it at that for this post.

Until next time!

~ Megan

 

Nature News: Species Conservation Successes, Chemical-Free Coral Reefs, and a Sigh of Relief for Our Skies

The news is often filled with stories of political scheming, natural disasters, and celebrity excess, but it’s so important to remember that there are positive news stories too. That’s why I’ve put together another news blast (…it’s been a little while!) featuring a few hopeful reports on nature and the environment.   

Read on for more. Links to sources are provided below, and all images featured here are via excellent free stock photography site Pexels
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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


 

4 Simple Ways to Help Yourself Stay Merry and Bright This Winter

Winter is definitely coming (…or perhaps it’s already here, depending on where you live in the world…), which means it’s time to start preparing for darker days and colder temperatures. But fear not, seekers of light and coziness! Winter can still be a time of wellbeing and contentment, so long as you do your best to shut out the seasonal blues.

Here are a few suggestions and friendly reminders that will hopefully help you feel merry and bright throughout the coming months.

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Read on for more…

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