After kicking off, It’s really nice to do kind things simply, With all this in mind, let’s work together to create a, Every year, the campaign is guided in part by a unique theme, with the theme for 2020 being: ‘. You’re just in time for another installment of Monday Mindfulness. There is a lone oak tree on a hillside not far from my home. (Spoiler alert: It’s me! Take care! MacMillan Park (Cathedral Grove) is located on central Vancouver Island, 25 km west of Qualicum Beach and 16 km east of Port Alberni on Hwy #4, which runs right through the park. But I believe a better, kinder, greener world for all is worth it, don’t you? The goal of this engagement process is to learn more about how to address safety and parking concerns at Cathedral Grove, while protecting environmental, social and cultural values of the park. Or send a lovely bit of snail mail to a dear relative abroad. Or simply say a polite hello to passerby – from a socially responsible distance, of course! This week’s thought for the moment comes from philosopher and psychologist. The study will explore ideas to improve safety and access, while protecting the integrity of the park. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. The pain felt and uncertainty faced by many of the most vulnerable right now is undeniable, but what is will not always be. The biggest trees in the Grove are about 800 years old and measure 75 m (250 ft) in height and 9 m (29 ft) in circumference. "We do understand there were many witnesses," said Ron MacDonald, chief civilian director of the IIO. Please note that CATHEDRAL GROVE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED due to Covid-19 restrictions. Whether you’ve kindly followed Cathedral Grove by email, Facebook, or Twitter, left a thoughtful like or comment on a post, or even made a small donation towards cups of tea and biscuits to help fuel my creative urges, I want to tell you how very grateful I am for you and your continued support! As regular readers of this site will know well, kindness in all its shapes and sizes is something I like to highlight and celebrate as often as possible here on Cathedral Grove. For even more on the potentially wide-reaching health benefits of kindness, I highly recommend checking out the Mental Health Foundation‘s guide all about how ‘Kindness Matters.’. The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. Every year, the campaign is guided in part by a unique theme, with the theme for 2020 being: ‘Kindness.’. Well, recently, I wrote a bit about the importance of checking in with ourselves often, greeting our negative or difficult thoughts with gentle acceptance if we can, and practicing gratitude for the things, places, and people that bring us joy and comfort. Wishing you all peace and well-being in the week ahead. Every kindness matters! It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health.”. Everyone is welcome – and whatever act of kindness you share can be anything, of any shape or size. Please note that CATHEDRAL GROVE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED due to Covid-19 restrictions. I don’t need to tell you that these are challenging times. Today’s Monday Mindfulness quote comes from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Learn about, Share on Facebook https://engage.gov.bc.ca/cathedralgrove/project-overview/, Share on twitter https://engage.gov.bc.ca/cathedralgrove/project-overview/, Share on LinkedIn https://engage.gov.bc.ca/cathedralgrove/project-overview/, Vehicle/Traffic Movements through the park along Highway 4. RCMP said three officers were treated in hospital for minor injuries. Acts of kindness and helping others have been linked to greater feelings of well-being, increased self-esteem, and a more optimistic outlook – among other things! Today’s Monday Mindfulness quote is from Mahatma Gandhi, a leader of India’s non-violent independence movement against British rule. It’s really nice to do kind things simply because, but doing kind things can also confer positive health benefits as well. Happily enough, there’s also a small patch of grass that’s free of prickly plants, along with a flat, bare stone just large enough for a certain violet-haired visitor to sit upon whenever she comes to visit this loveliest of trees. Anyway, that’s quite enough about me. I remain hopeful that we as individuals, communities, nations, and as a species can find ways of learning from our present circumstances and that we can work towards a better, kinder, greener world, one that helps look after the mental and physical health, education, financial security, and safety of all – not because there is a major public health crisis occuring, but because it is the right thing to do. Man dies after being pepper sprayed, shocked by RCMP at Whistler restaurant, Police officers cleared in bizarre Port Alberni drowning, B.C. After a bit of an unscheduled pause, my, First of all, thank you so very much for sticking with me during this recent pause in posting.