Comforting Thought

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Ancient word of the day: Nekyia

Comforting Thought: A highly sensitive person (HSP) can be an enduring anchor during difficult times

Whatever the times, suffering eventually touches every life. How we live with it, and help others to is one of the greatest ethical and creative opportunities for HSPs. We HSPs do a great disservice to ourselves and others when we think of ourselves as weak compared to the warrior. Our strength is different, but frequentlyContinue reading “Comforting Thought: A highly sensitive person (HSP) can be an enduring anchor during difficult times”

Shy beauty gif reflection sea

Comforting Thought: Valueable things in life are shy

Please know that the truest most valuable things in life don’t come with fireworks. They are shy. They come wrapped in breezes, warm and cold. They can be tasted, felt, seen and touched. They are stealthy. Remember to stay alert. Ordinary Beauty: Meaningful Moments in Everyday Life by Mary McEvoy

Every Picture Tells A Story: Stanley Kubrik's mysterious showgirl series

Comforting Thought: Carl Jung believes introverts do the world a disservice

Carl Jung knew about the prejudice of Western culture against the introverted. He could tolerate it when it came from the extroverted. But he felt that the introverted who undervalue themselves are truly doing the world a disservice. [Introverts] are living evidence that this rich and varied world with all of its overflowing and intoxicatingContinue reading “Comforting Thought: Carl Jung believes introverts do the world a disservice”

Comforting Thought: there is joy to be found in being really bad at something

Here’s a great quote from the inspiring, wise and enriching book by Mary McEvoy ‘Ordinary Beauty’. Revel in your mediocrity at doing certain things! There is a joy to be had at being really bad at something. I love to draw and paint. I am a terrible artist. I made one mistake however. In anContinue reading “Comforting Thought: there is joy to be found in being really bad at something”

A wind phone 風の電話, kaze no denwa for contacting people who have crossed the veil

Comforting Thought: The mirror is trying to mirror and become aware of itself

Why is it that we in the modern West seem to know so much about the Cosmos but very little about consciousness? I think the answer is simple. The material cosmos is studied as a collection of observed objects “out there.” These objects in space are measured, and their behaviour can often be controlled andContinue reading “Comforting Thought: The mirror is trying to mirror and become aware of itself”

Emotional First Aid Kit #1

Comforting Thought: You are not too reflective or too quiet – you are just a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

In our culture, we are not just a minority, but one that is considered to be far from the ideal. It might seem that we need to go to the other end, from feeling weak, flawed and victimised to feeling strong and superior. I consider this to be a necessary compensation. But for many HSPs,Continue reading “Comforting Thought: You are not too reflective or too quiet – you are just a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)”

Comforting Thought: The people we know by smell alone

Comforting Thought: Trust begins when someone dares to go against the flow

Like hatred, trust can be contagious… What if negative ideas around human nature are actually a form of pluralistic ignorance? Could our fear that most people are out to maximise their own gain be borne of the assumption that that’s what other’s think? And then we adopt a more cynical view, when, deep down mostContinue reading “Comforting Thought: Trust begins when someone dares to go against the flow”

A wind phone 風の電話, kaze no denwa for contacting people who have crossed the veil

Comforting thought: Liking something is all about anticipation and memory

It turns out we like things when we have the opportunity to pine for them in anticipation and also to think about them fondly as a memory. ‘Liking’ something happens on a continuum of past, present and future according to the fascinating book about tastes, You May Also Like by Tom Vanderbilt. Even as youContinue reading “Comforting thought: Liking something is all about anticipation and memory”

The Sensual World of The Unseen By Photographer Duane Michaels

Comforting Thought: Humans are hardwired to be attracted to imperfection

Humans instinctively understand the organic imperfections of the human face, however we experience a ‘visual shock’ when we see severe disfigurement. Taken from the fascinating book ‘You May Also Like’ by Tom Vanderbilt. There is one brain response that never falters – severe disfigurement. And so Bacon’s ‘Visual Shock’ as he calls it seems toContinue reading “Comforting Thought: Humans are hardwired to be attracted to imperfection”

Words and Music: Be Nothing - Beach Fossils, Poseidon's airy feather-light grasp

Comforting Thought: Memory is a radio station that only plays the songs you want to hear

Music and the nostalgia of our youth “Why do we all (not just the Woodstock generation) seem to insist that the music of our youth was better? Because everyone has this experience, it cannot be objectively true. One study found that in the same way that we tend to remember positive life events more stronglyContinue reading “Comforting Thought: Memory is a radio station that only plays the songs you want to hear”

Optical illusion, memory, time, performance art and telling the time in one stunning clock at an Amsterdam airport

Comforting Thought: We remember what we like/we like what we remember

Memory functions in curious and fascinating ways according to the fascinating guide to why we like things called ‘You May Also Like’ by Tom Vanderbilt. One of the simplest and most innocent forms of bias is memory itself. In various types of competitions, people who performed later seemed to do better. You might think, asContinue reading “Comforting Thought: We remember what we like/we like what we remember”

Ancient word of the day: Nekyia

Comforting Thought: Anxiety is a doorway

Carl Jung said that if you find the psychic wound in an individual or a people, there you also find their path to consciousness. For it is in the healing of our psychic wounds that we come to know ourselves…In the evolution of consciousness, our greatest problem is always our richest opportunity. ~ Robert Johnson

Reflexion by Odilon Redon

Comforting Thought: The seat at the head of your table

Self-actualisation is not a sudden happening, or even a permanent result of long-effort. The eleventh-century Tibetan Buddhist poet-saint Milarepa suggested: “Do not expect full realisation, simply practice every day of your life”. A healthy person is not perfect but perfectible, not a done deal but a work in progress. Staying healthy requires discipline, work, andContinue reading “Comforting Thought: The seat at the head of your table”

Olivia Laing, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

Comforting Thought: Procrastination is the beginning of an idea brought to life

What is worthwhile carries the struggle of the maker within it. A piece of art or a creation that is wrought into the shape of earned understanding. Procrastination helps us to be a student of our own reluctance, to understand the hidden darker side of the first enthusiastic idea. To learn what we are afraidContinue reading “Comforting Thought: Procrastination is the beginning of an idea brought to life”

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Comforting Thought: Saying sorry will go a long way

Kuoa rongo ake au… Akakoa iti noa te kuru pounamu He taonga tuku iho kia kaha, kia toa, kia māiai, kia mataara kia manawanui I have learned… A thoughtful note to someone you’ve avoided Saying sorry will go a long way

Ancient Word of the Day: Hibernal

Comforting Thought: The miracle of memories

“Memories lie slumbering within us for months and years, quietly proliferating, until they are woken by some trifle and in some strange way blind us to life.”― W.G. Sebald, The Rings of Saturn

A woman's place is the resistance

The activist’s call to action: Believing that people are essentially good…you are compelled to act and resist

If you are an optimist about the capabilities of other people to overcome corruption, evil and injustice in this world, then this also means that you believe resistance and fighting back are worthwhile. This imposes an obligation to act. What makes us so eager to believe in our own corruption? Why does the veneer theoryContinue reading “The activist’s call to action: Believing that people are essentially good…you are compelled to act and resist”

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