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The 2.6 Challenge: Supporting UK Charities in Need

2.6 Challenge

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

Apart But Connected Hands CREDIT ILIANA GALVEZGraphic by Iliana Galvez, via EarthDay.org

 

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.  

Theodore Roosevelt - Do What You Can

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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Happy {Belated} Birthday, Cathedral Grove! {Along with Some Other News}

Cathedral Grove Turns 2 Years Old

Hey, everyone! Megan here. It’s a day late, but I wanted to celebrate the fact that this here little seedling of a site has just turned 2 years old! I suppose it isn’t really a seedling anymore, then. Perhaps a sapling? Either way, here’s a heckin’ cute lil animated sun I made to celebrate!

To help celebrate, I’ve been very busy this week working on some new stuff for this site – doing a lot of graphic design, staring at a lot of codes and related hieroglyphics, live chatting with a lot of tech gurus who know a heck of a lot more than I do about any of this stuff. Just generally getting my Blog Boss on – or trying darn hard to, anyway! So, what’s new and what’s in the works? 

New Contact Details

Well, to start with, Cathedral Grove now has a dedicated business email. If you’d like to reach out privately, you can now send questions, compliments, ideas for features, or inquiries about future collaborations to hello@cathedralgrove.blog. Of course, you can still leave a comment on a post or one of our social media pages too – but now there are even more ways to say hiya!

New Monthly Newsletter

Next up, I’ll soon start sending out a monthly newsletter update, and you can sign up now if you’re interested! Now when you visit Cathedral Grove and click on any post, you should be given the opportunity to subscribe to our community mailing list via email, courtesy a small pop-up form.

Social Media, but More Social

Current world events have highlighted, outlined, and underscored the beneficial importance of positive, regular human interactions – be those online, in person, or via some other means – to our lives. For a while now, Cathedral Grove has been available to follow via Facebook or Twitter, but I want these pages to be more than just dumping grounds for new posts. I want them to be places where we can come together, albeit virtually, and share interesting thoughts, ideas, creations – what have you – with each other. I want them to help cultivate kind words and deeds, share and grow new ideas, and foster a respectful, supportive community spirit. To help, I’ll be sharing even more interesting reads and positive news stories on both platforms in the coming days and weeks. I’ll also be sharing a variety of daily mindfulness and more general well-being challenges too. Please do feel free to join in!

New Simple Activities to Print and Share, for Free

Many of you might be homeschooling your children right now, while others might be looking for something a bit different to do to help ward off boredom and keep the mind stimulated. To help us all stay positive, inspired, and mindful during these strange times, I’ve started designing an assortment of simple, straightforward mindfulness, gratitude, and nature-based exercises you or your children can easily do at home or in your garden. These Wild/Kind activity sheets will be available soon, starting with a doodle + write activity all about Growing Gratitude.  

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Monday Mindfulness ~ April 6, 2020

Here’s wishing you all a very happy start of a new week, no matter where you are around the globe or what you’re doing to keep yourself healthy, safe, and content at home. As always, thanks for pausing here for a bit.

This week’s Monday Mindfulness features a quote from Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, and I hope it will offer some good food for thought.

These are strange times that we are living in, but I remain hopeful that current events may indeed inspire individuals, communities, and maybe even countries to re-examine their current practices, to tinker with them and perhaps even replace them with kinder, greener ways. 

What positive change would you most like to see emerge from current hardships?

Steve Jobs - Life Can Be Much Broader

Positive News Stories From This Week #2

Last Sunday, I posted a round-up of some of the past week’s more positive news stories from around the globe, hoping to spread a bit of cheer during these strange times. It was a joy to put together. I actually found more nice news nuggets than I quite knew what to do with! It was also a joy to share. It was so lovely to hear from some of you, both friends and strangers alike, about how you appreciated the reminder of all the good that is happening in the world right now.

With all this in mind, I want to keep things rolling. And so, here is another installment of Positive News Stories From This Week! 

Please do drop a comment below to say hello or share a story I’ve missed of something lovely that has happened this week. It would also be lovely to hear what some of you are up to during lockdown. Working from home? Tinkering with a personal creative project? Learning something new? It’s all good, and I’d love to hear about it. In the meantime, please do take care of yourselves.

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Positive News Stories From This Week

As this week comes to an end, I’d like to share with you all a round-up of recent positive news stories from around the globe, featuring acts of kindness, inspired innovations, and a glimpse at a brighter future within reach for the environment.

In the past, news updates here on the site have focused solely on things to do with nature – but with all that’s happening in the world at present, I’d like to broaden that focus now, looking at any and all positive things happening around the globe. And, I promise, there IS a lot of good stuff happening, folks! Sometimes these stories just get a bit lost and buried under the other not-so-nice stories, unfortunately. Anyway, if these posts are something you’d like to see more of, let me know with a like or a comment below – perhaps this might become a regular weekly feature.

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Honestly, This Post is Just 7 Cute Animal Pictures to Help Brighten Your Day

Does what it says on the tin.

Feeling stressed about current events? Hit pause, and take a gander at a few adorable animals with me.

Yeah, that’s right – no hard-hitting journalism here, folks. Just fluffy, feel-good content to share with you all today in the hopes of lifting spirits and bringing about good cheer. 

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All images via free stock photography sites Pexels and Unsplash.

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Monday Mindfulness ~ March 23, 2020

After a bit of a pause, it’s time once again for a fresh dose of Monday Mindfulness. Here’s hoping that this latest installment – featuring a thought for the moment from Richard Carlson, author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff as well as Stop Thinking, Start Living – finds you and yours well.

There’s a lot going on around the world right now. I know, I do – I’m stating the obvious. I only mention it because it would be dreadfully easy to dwell on and perhaps even become overwhelmed by all the negative news circulating at the moment, but please try to resist that urge if you can. There are positive stories right now too. Choose, as best you are able, to focus your attention on the good. Choose joy. Choose kindness. 

Richard Carlson - Experience of Life