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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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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 wellbeing. 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.

Canals, Bicycles, and Pancakes: A Short Break in the Netherlands

Hallo – Megan here! I recently made a solo trip to the Netherlands for a few days, and I’d love to share with you all a selection of highlights and suggestions from my first visit to the country. Perhaps you’ll feel inspired to book a long weekend off and explore somewhere new yourself!

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Monday Mindfulness ~ October 29, 2018

Hello, everyone – and thanks for stopping by for another installment of Monday Mindfulness here at Cathedral Grove.

I’ve recently returned from a little jaunt over to The Netherlands, so I’ll be posting a few words and snapshots relating to my trip some time in the coming days. Canals and bicycles and pancakes – oh my! 

In the meantime, 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 15, 2018

Hello, lovely people. 

Thanks to all who followed last week’s posts having to do with World Mental Health Day, and now welcome back for another installment of Monday Mindfulness. This week’s quote comes to us from Mark Twain, author of such classics as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

May you both give and be shown kindness this week, and always.

Mark Twain - Kindness is a Language