Monday, May 11, 2015

Self care diaries

Kairos  καιρός
Greek
(n.) The perfect, delicate, crucial moment; the fleeting rightness of time and place that creates the opportune atmosphere for action, words, or movement; also, weather.

Numinous
French
(adj.) Describing an experience that makes you fearful yet fascinated, awed yet attracted- the powerful, personal feeling of being overwhelmed and inspired.

Sillage
French
(n.) The scent that lingers in the air, the trail left in water, the impression made in space after something or someone has been gone; the trace of someone's perfume.

Orenda
Iroquoian
(n.) A mystical force present in all people that empowers them to affect the world or to effect change in their own lives.

Sophrosyne  σωφροσύνη
Greek
(n.) A healthy state of mind, characterized by self control, moderation, and a deep awareness of one's true self, and resulting in true happiness.

Amaranthine
Latin
(adj.) Undying, immortal, eternally beautiful; a deep purple-red.

Firgun פירגון
Hebrew
(n.) The act of sharing in or even contributing to someone else's pleasure or fortune, with a purely generous heart and without jealousy; or of sharing credit fairly.

Redamancy
English
(n.) The act of loving the one who loves you; a love returned in full.

Diaphanous
Latin
(adj.) Light, translucent, and delicate.

Toska
Russian
(n.) A dull ache of the soul, a sick pining, a spiritual anguish.

Erlebnisse
German
(n.) The experiences, positive or negative, that we feel most deeply, and through which we truly live; not mere experiences, but Experiences.

Commuovere
Italian
(v.) To stir, to touch, to move to tears.

Mágoa 
Portuguese
(n.) A heartbreaking feeling that leaves long-lasting traces, visible in gestures and facial expressions.

Petrichor
English
(n.) The scent of rain on dry earth.

Mamihlapinatapai
Yaghan
(n.) A look shared by two people, each wishing that the other would initiate something they both desire but which neither want to begin.

Coruscate
English
(v.) To reflect brilliantly, to sparkle.

Nazlanmak
Turkish
(v.) Pretending reluctance or indifference when you are actually willing or eager; saying no and meaning yes.

Selcouth
English
(adj.) Unfamiliar, strange, and yet marvelous.

Sobremesa
Spanish
(n.) The time spent around the table after lunch or dinner, talking to the people you shared the meal with; time to digest and savor both the food and friendship.

Vorfreude
German
(n.) The joyful, intense anticipation that comes from imagining future pleasures.

Metanoia
English
(n.) The journey of changing one's mind, heart, self, or way of life.

Trouvaille
French
(n.) Something lovely discovered by chance; a windfall.

Tzedakah
Hebrew
(n.) Living in right relationships with God or with others, demonstrated by fairness, charity or trust.

Nepenthe
Greek
(n.) Something that can make you forget grief or suffering.

Atermoiements
French
(n.) Distractions or hesitations leading to procrastination.

Solivagant
Latin
(adj.) Wandering alone.

Gezellig
Dutch
(adj.) Cozy, nice, inviting, pleasant, comfortable; connoting time spent with loved ones or togetherness after a long separation.

Peripeteia
Greek
(n.) A sudden or unexpected reversal of circumstances; the point of no return.

Offing
English
(n.) The deep, distant stretch of the ocean that is still visible from the land; the foreseeable future.

Appetence
French
(n.) An eager desire, an instinctive inclination; an attraction or a natural bond.

Quite
English
(adv.) To the utmost or most absolute extent or degree; absolutely; completely.

Kontal-Kontil
Malaysian
(n.) The swinging of long earrings or the swishing of a dress as one walks.

Videnda
Latin
(n.) "What is to be observed"; the things that should be seen or visited, especially if they mark the character of a person or place.

Glow
English
(v.) Give out steady light without flame; a steady radiance of light or heat.

Yūgen
Japanese
(n.) An awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and mysterious for words.

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Learning and keeping words from other languages close to your heart because often times they describe what you are feeling but cannot express.

These are a few of my favorites.