Comforting Thought

Comforting Thought

Bite-sized comfort and spirituality in a turmultuous world


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

Comforting Thought: Disruptive Creators Versus Custodians & Curators

“If we were all disruptive artists all the time – nothing in society would be coherent. No one would be obliged to do anything other than follow whatever short term whims took their fancy. Fortunately- many people are instead curators. Those who set up permanent exhibitions based on unifying themes and help to rein inContinue reading “Comforting Thought: Disruptive Creators Versus Custodians & Curators”

Every Picture Tells a Story: Lake Menteith in the fading light of a winters night

Comforting thought: The World of Terrifying Beauty By Karl Ove Knausgård

“I remained where I was, standing with one hand in my pocket and the other around the handle of the pram. The triviality of the ketchup and mustard bottles, the blackened hotdogs. The camping table where the soft drinks were lined up, was almost inconceivable there beneath the stars, the dancing light of the bonfire.Continue reading “Comforting thought: The World of Terrifying Beauty By Karl Ove Knausgård”

The 'Kissing in the dark' Valentine's playlist

Comforting Thought: In adversity, we show our true colours

“If you want to get an idea of a friend’s temperament, ethics, and personal elegance, you need to look at him under the tests of severe circumstances, not under the regular rosy glow of daily life.”
― Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

Artists & Writers in Their Own Words: Jari Österberg AKA Liuos

Comforting Thought: Don’t be afraid of repetition and obligation in our lives

“Without cyclical repetition, our lives dissolve into empty noise devoid of content. Without repetition, there is no obligation. Repetition is getting up every morning and making pack lunches for the kids. It’s visiting old friends, even though they may be depressed and not that fun to be around. “It is absurd to be eternally mobile,Continue reading “Comforting Thought: Don’t be afraid of repetition and obligation in our lives”

Pagan date: Litha

Comforting Thought: From ‘harder, better, faster, stronger’, back to circadian rhythms and rituals

“The cycles of nature and the cycles of time predate the modern world. The world we currently live in is linear and about more, more, more or ‘harder, better, faster, stronger’. This way of thinking dictates that we should not miss out on anything. We are encouraged to grow throughout our lives, as a partContinue reading “Comforting Thought: From ‘harder, better, faster, stronger’, back to circadian rhythms and rituals”

If we want to do something well, we cannot do it all

Comforting Thought: If We Want to Do Something Well – We Cannot Do It All

“Opt out of the relentless pursuit of personal optimisation of our lives. Opt-out of picking and choosing a new partner when we get bored of the person we have been with for many years simply because we are bored. Opt out of trying to become a social media influencer with a million friends on InstagramContinue reading “Comforting Thought: If We Want to Do Something Well – We Cannot Do It All”

How to Counter the Anthropocene: Frugality and the ‘Joy of Missing Out’

How to Counter the Anthropocene: Frugality and the ‘Joy of Missing Out’

“The main threats to humankind were once posed by the forces of nature. Now they are self-inflicted. We are the cause of our own problems and they can only be solved at the level of the society that created them. One help would be to collectively rediscover the ancient virtues of frugality, moderation and theContinue reading “How to Counter the Anthropocene: Frugality and the ‘Joy of Missing Out’”

Quirky Facts About The Kea: NZ's Alpine Trickster

Comforting thought: The silence of the bird and the lily by Søren Kierkegaard

Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) implored people to learn from the silence of the lily and the bird. In other words to learn to refrain from speaking. He believed that we should learn this because we humans possess the power of speech and so we should learn the art of silence. According to Kierkegaard ourContinue reading “Comforting thought: The silence of the bird and the lily by Søren Kierkegaard”

The Maori legend of Pania: Kaitiaki and taniwha of the reef retold in street art

Comforting Thought: Within crisis is opportunity for growth, compassion and love

This crisis that everyone is in right now poses a range of unique opportunities for us as the dominant species on earth. This is the first time in human history that we as a sentient and conscious species have a three opportunities for growth as a collective: Limitless capabilities for (virtual) communication across time andContinue reading “Comforting Thought: Within crisis is opportunity for growth, compassion and love”

Ancient word of the day: vernation

Seeing

We do a lot of looking; we look through lenses, telescopes and TVs. Our looking is perfected every day – but we see less and less. Never has it been more urgent to speak of seeing…we are onlookers, spectators. ‘Subjects’ we are, that look at ‘objects’. Quickly, we stick labels on all that is, labelsContinue reading “Seeing”

The odds in favour of you being born were slim | Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan

The odds in favour of you being born were slim

“Imagine a speck of dust next to a planet a billion times the size of the earth. The speck of dust represents the odds in favor of your being born; the huge planet would be the odds against it. So stop sweating the small stuff.”

The minor deities of the internet | Olivia Laing, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

Infinite attention, infinite regard and the minor deities of the internet

“That’s the dream of replication: infinite attention, infinite regard. The machinery of the internet has made it a democratic possibility, as television never could, since the audience in their living rooms necessarily far outnumbered the people who could be squeezed into the box. Not so with the internet, where anyone with access to a computerContinue reading “Infinite attention, infinite regard and the minor deities of the internet”

Adventures on the Forth and Clyde Canal

The Empty Boat by Chuang Tzu

He who rules men lives in confusion;He who is ruled by men lives in sorrow.Yao therefore desiredNeither to influence othersNor to be influenced by them.The way to get clear of confusionAnd free of sorrowIs to live with TaoIn the land of the great Void. Chuang Tzu (300 B.C.)

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