Have You Forgotten a Long-ago Spiritual Experience?

What happens when you cannot give words  to a profound personal experience?

sunset-KasumiSeveral months ago I introduced you to John Koenig, creator of the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. This is a compendium of invented words to express common but strangely powerful experiences for which we don’t yet have words.

Although there is no video with today’s word, exulansis, he defines it this way:

the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it—whether through envy or pity or simple foreignness—which allows it to drift away from the rest of your life story, until the memory itself feels out of place, almost mythical, wandering restlessly in the fog, no longer even looking for a place to land.

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How Little of the World Any of Us Sees

Today’s featured video explores the concept of “onism”

If you’ve been following the blog the last month or so, you will have seen a couple of videos by John Koenig. He is the creator of “The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows,” a compendium of invented words to express something for which ordinary dictionaries don’t have a word.

The one I want to share today is “onism” — the awareness of how little of the world we will ever experience.

In explaining this, he says:

Imagine standing in front of the departures screen at an airport, flickering over with strange place names like other people’s passwords, each representing one more thing you’ll never get to see before you die — and all because, as the arrow on the map helpfully points out, you are here.

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The Art of Dwelling on the Past

The past is all in how you look at it

In the post on June 1, in which I wrote about the speed with which life flies by all too quickly, I introduced you to John Koenig, who creates some of the most poetic and sensitive videos on topics we all experience — but often don’t have words to express.

Today the made-up word is “klexos” for the art of dwelling on the past. This is the approach to reviewing our lives in a way that contrasts to our normal tendency to ruminate about what might have been, should have been, or could have been. Read More

Are You SURE It’s June Already?

Is time passing faster than you think it should?

Before going to Portugal in April, I planned lots of posts so you could get two a week while I was gone. Now I’ve come back, recovered from jet lag — and more than a little procrastination — and am determined today to pull together posts that can be scheduled for the next several months.

One of the reasons for uploading so many future posts right now is because I am about to create more videos. The first will be called “From Pasadena to Portugal” about our wonderful trip down the Douro River. Then I want to FINALLY make guided imagery videos, something I’ve talked about for several years.

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