Cathedral Grove

Monday Mindfulness ~ May 7, 2018

For this week’s Monday Mindfulness musing, let’s go to naturalist and America’s 26th president, Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt.

For a bit more on his life, visit here.

Theodore Roosevelt - Stars, Ground

Nature News: Wonky Edibles, A Pledge Against Plastic, and a Sigh of Relief from European Bees

Thankfully, I’ve been feeling much better since last week, the sun continues to shine throughout the valleys and on the hills of West Yorkshire, and it’s been a lovely weekend enjoyed out and about in nature and with kind spirits.

Besides doing a bit of exploring this weekend, I also went to see Marvel’s new blockbuster The Avengers: Infinity War. If you did too, I’ve got a feeling you might want a hug. You know, just a small reminder that there is hopefulness and goodness in the world! Anyway, here are several recent news stories which look at ways in which we are making positive changes that help the environment and future generations. Take that, Thanos!

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Monday Mindfulness ~ April 30, 2018

This week’s quote comes from the famous Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. 

To read a bit more about the artist, visit here.

Vincent Van Gogh - Normality is a Paved Road

Monday Mindfulness ~ April 23, 2018

This week’s quote comes from Bashō, a 17th century Japanese poet and creator of haibun, an intermingling of prose and haiku which describes a physical journey made by its maker. Through haibun, a person describes not only what they actually saw in their travels but also the things experienced within.

For a bit more on Bashō, see here.

Basho - The Journey is Home

Nature News: Pokemon-Inspired Science, Plastic-Munching Enzymes, and Powering Up Without Coal

Here in West Yorkshire, the sun is out and the sky is clear. After a seemingly longer-than-usual winter, spring has finally sprung. Daffodils still nod their heads in time with the songs of birds and the movement of the gentle breeze, and soon the forested valleys will be blanketed with sweet-scented bluebells. 

Unfortunately, I’m a bit unwell at the moment – a bit of a bummer when all I want to do is go outside and play! I’ve been sure to get out for a short walk in my local park each day since I’ve been poorly, however; time enjoyed in nature is, in my own experience, just as important as staying hydrated and taking a bit of medicine to help sort your insides out.

While I’m resting up and sorting myself out, I thought I’d share a few feel-good news posts I’ve come across whilst I’ve been bundled up on the sofa these past few days, all about the great developments being made and strides forward being taken where protecting this shared world of ours is concerned. There are so many negative, shocking news headlines on TV and across the internet, it can be easy to get a bit down about the state of the world and humanity. But – there are really positive things happening too! So let’s check them out…

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Monday Mindfulness ~ April 16, 2018

Each Monday, Cathedral Grove will feature a ‘thought of the moment’ to consider. This week’s quote comes from the 13th century Persian poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad – known more commonly to English speakers as Rumi.

For a bit more on Rumi, see here.

Rumi - You, the Universe

Hello! And Welcome…

Megan here. Many thanks for checking out my little seedling of a site, Cathedral Grove. Let’s go on an adventure, between the pines of possibility!

If you haven’t already, I’d encourage you to take a wander over to our About page to see what sort of posts you can expect in the future. It’s my hope that the site will change and grow for the better with time, so I couldn’t possibly tell you precisely where the path forward will lead. One thing is for sure – there will be bad, tree-related puns.  (Sorry. Not sorry.)

Do you have any ideas for topics you’d like to see explored on Cathedral Grove? Let me know! Comments are always encouraged and alternate views also quite welcome  – but please, share with respect and kindness. 

John Muir - Every Two Pines