Comforting Thought

Comforting Thought

Bite-sized comfort and spirituality in a turmultuous world


Every Picture Tells a Story: Roaring at the sublime

Comforting Thought: The gods survive in the quiet nooks and crannies of our bodies

“We have seen, ladies and gentlemen, how self-hood has grown and gained a foothold, become increasingly distinct and affecting. Previously barely marked, prone to being blurred, subjugated to the collective. Imprisoned in the stays of roles, conventions, flattened in the press of traditions, subjugated to demands. Now it swells and annexes the world. “Once theContinue reading “Comforting Thought: The gods survive in the quiet nooks and crannies of our bodies”

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

Comforting Thought: What makes us human

“What makes us most human is the possession of a unique and irreproducible story, that takes place over time and leave behind our traces.”― Olga Tokarczuk, Flights

Trinity College Library in Dublin has over 7,000,000 volumes of manuscripts and opened in 1592 AD.

Comforting Thought: Dwell on the past to reclaim the hidden depths of your culture

If you want to be everywhere at once, then you can’t stand firm anywhere. ‘The engrossed are concerned with the present time alone, and it is so brief that it cannot be grasped, even this is filched away from them distracted as they are by many things. The mind that is untroubled and tranquil hasContinue reading “Comforting Thought: Dwell on the past to reclaim the hidden depths of your culture”

Comforting Thought: Fly into the unknown - Googie McCabe

Comforting Thought: Fly into the unknown

Fly into the unknown and don’t be afraid. Life is a journey – you will learn more by living instead of imagining. Mistakes happen to us all – we get to know ourselves thanks to them. googie mccabe

Turangawaewae Te Kuri a Paoa

Comforting Thought: Destiny doesn’t create success, determination does

Kua rongo aku au.. Ētahi ka tau ki tōna taumata Nā te whai rawa rānei Kō te tini maha ka ū tonu nā te kaha rawa O tē whawhai manawapū I have learned that… Some succeed Because they are destined to But most succeed Because they’re determined to ~ Haare Williams, Words of a Kaumātua

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

Comforting Thought: The three forms of respect @jhalifax

Respect for others “When we respect someone, we understand our interconnectedness with them. My friends in Nepal ritualise mutual respect and interconnectedness by putting their hands together and bowing to each other while saying ‘Namaste’, which means ‘ I bow to the divine within you’. This is an expression of the interconnectedness of self andContinue reading “Comforting Thought: The three forms of respect @jhalifax”

Maya Angelou: Leader of the Brave and Defiant

Comforting Thought: Live now, as we think human beings should live @jhalifax

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history based not only on cruelty but also on compassion, sacrifice, courage and kindness. “What we choose to emphasise in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst,Continue reading “Comforting Thought: Live now, as we think human beings should live @jhalifax”

Throw open the windows of your soul

Comforting Thought: Disappointment is a measure of our courage

What we call disappointment may just be the first stage of our emancipation into the next great pattern of our existence. The measure of our courage is the measure of our willingness to embrace disappointment. To turn towards it rather than away from it. Disappointment is the understanding that every real conversation of life involvesContinue reading “Comforting Thought: Disappointment is a measure of our courage”

People make things to express their need (or fear) of connection | Olivia Laing, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

People make things to express their need (or fear) of connection

“It seems funny to think that healing or coming to terms with loneliness and loss, or with the damage accrued in scenes of closeness, the inevitable wounds that occur whenever people become entangled with one another, might take place by means of objects. It seems funny, and yet the more I thought about it theContinue reading “People make things to express their need (or fear) of connection”

Comforting Thought: Kintsukuroi

Kintsukuroi or why we are perfect in our imperfection

“There is a Japanese practice called Kintusukoroi or kintsugi which means ‘golden repair’. Kintsukuroi is the art of repairing broken pottery with powdered gold or platinum mixed with lacquer, so that the repair reflects the history of the breakage. “The repaired object mirrors the fragility and imperfection of life – and also its beauty andContinue reading “Kintsukuroi or why we are perfect in our imperfection”

Comforting Thought: Difficult decisions are like crossing a river - 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

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

Comforting Thought: Empathy Between Gift and Invasion

“I’m interested in everything that might be flawed and messy about empathy, how imagining other lives can constitute a kind of tyranny, or artificially absolve ourselves from guilt or responsibility. How feeling empathy can make use feel we’ve done something good when we actually haven’t. “We start to like the feeling of feeling bad forContinue reading “Comforting Thought: Empathy Between Gift and Invasion”

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