Comforting Thought: Mitákuye Oyás

“The phase Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ comes from the Lakota language and was part of the language of resistance used in the Standing Rock demonstration. Translated to English it roughly means ‘All my relations.’ “During prayers and meetings at Standing Rock, the Lakota people used this phrase when they wanted to speak or when they finished speaking.Continue reading “Comforting Thought: Mitákuye Oyás”

Comforting Thought: Shyness is your friend

Shyness is the exquisite and vulnerable frontier between what we think is possible and what we deserve. Without shyness it is not possible to understand the new. Total confidence in a new phase of life means that we are misinformed and mistaken – about what is going to happen and what we are about toContinue reading “Comforting Thought: Shyness is your friend”

Comforting Thought: The Awkward Swan

“You need something to which you can give your full powers. The swan doesn’t cure his awkwardness by beating himself on the back, my moving faster, or by trying to organise himself better. How does it by moving towards the elemental water where he belongs. You only have to touch the elemental waters in yourContinue reading “Comforting Thought: The Awkward Swan”

Comforting Thought: Be the humble apprentice of life

What we recognise as honesty in an individual is actually the humble demeanour of an apprentice. Someone who pays close attention to themselves, others, life and the next steps they will take. Someone who does not have all of the answers but who is attempting to learn what they can. Someone who is just likeContinue reading “Comforting Thought: Be the humble apprentice of life”

Comforting Thought: Laugh a lot and often. At yourself in particular

Laugh a lot and often. At yourself in particular. There’s no better weapon against sorrow, dullness and monsters found along the way. Life can be good, and we only have one go at it. A lot depends on what we do with it. googie mccabe

My All Time Favourite Top-Ten Non-Fiction History Books

Here’s a collection of some of the non-fiction I have reviewed in the past, ranked as a top ten. The subject matter and time periods vary, but I really like the history of medicine, psychology, symbolism, medieval history, animals and more. 1. The Book of Symbols by the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS)Continue reading “My All Time Favourite Top-Ten Non-Fiction History Books”

Comforting Thought: Life is too short for anger

Life is far too short for anger. You must learn to repress emotions that disturb your peace of mind and prevent you from standing firm. If you want to stand firm, it is a precondition that you aren’t easily knocked off your stride. We are constantly bombarded with appeals to our emotions – on television,Continue reading “Comforting Thought: Life is too short for anger”

Comforting Thought: It’s worth being a decent person

Support those in need. Just think what a wonderful feeling it must be to have someone on our side. It’s worth being a decent person, even though it may not be popular at times. googie mccabe

Comforting Thought: Difficult decisions are like crossing a river

Difficult decisions are like crossing a river. You may jump into the torrent and hope for the best or walk along the stream and look for an easier crossing. Either way, do what you feel is right for you at the time. You will most likely get wet anyway. googie mccabe