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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!

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6 Small Acts of Self-Care to Try in This New Year

It’s been a bit over a week now since the start of the new year, which means a return to work for many. For a lot of folks being back on the job might also mean a return to feeling tired and stressed out, which means it’s a good time for a friendly reminder about the importance of self-care. 

Self-care can take many forms, as what each individual needs in any given moment will of course vary. Here are just a handful of simple, easy things to help make life that little bit better if you find yourself feeling stretched to your limits this week or in the future.

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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

Nurturing Your Connection with Nature This New Year: 7 Suggestions

It’s the start of a new year and for many people that means the making (and maybe breaking…) of new year’s resolutions. While I don’t make resolutions myself, ticking over into a new year does make me more mindful of my tendencies and habits. It’s important to tweak or phase some things out from time to time, and maybe even to introduce a new practice or two for the benefit of your total wellbeing.

One thing that always seems to better my life at any given moment is spending time in nature, and it’s something I strive to do even more of. There are a TON of ways in which being in a natural setting for even a short amount of time can improve wellbeing. Many studies have been done showing nature’s ability to boost mood and self-esteem, inspire awe (which in turn fosters kindness and other prosocial behaviors), improve creative reasoning, and reduce stress.

With all this in mind, here are seven suggestions for anyone resolving to get their nature fix in this new year. 

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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.

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Thought of the moment No. 1 comes from young diarist and Holocaust victim, Anne Frank.

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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.

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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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