Every now and then, we stumble on a word with unusual powers. That is, it seems to resonate more than most, and we find ourselves changed just by thinking about it. Some words ground us, some expand us, some shift our mood mightily in a moment.
Our current favorite is SPACIOUS.
Thinking it makes us feel like we have more…space, internal and external…and we find ourselves extending that spaciousness to others by refraining from judging, commenting, interfering, and just letting them be, giving them space. We’ve discovered that giving others space makes our own life more…spacious.
When we mentioned it to a friend, he said a word he often returned to was the French JOUISSANCE. What does it mean? we asked. He said: To me, it means ‘sparkly enjoyment’.
(We’ve since discovered that jouissance has many many layers of meaning, and was the particular focus of psychoanalyst Jacque Lacan. We’re happy with sparkly enjoyment.)
Sufi poet Rumi loved the word PRESENCE
Listen to presences inside poems.
Let them take you where they will.
…meet the innermost presence
as it lives in people.
David Saltman said early 20th century mystic/philosopher Gurdjieff liked to use the phrase “in my common presence” as a way of referring to oneself.
(A good word, too).
There are curiously healing words all over the place…
…though what’s healing is often a very personal thing…
Wherever we are, whatever challenge or mood we are experiencing, we draw on one of these words to shift our view.