Sonder is another absolutely gorgeous word created by The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. Sonder is a term that describes a complex experience of the human condition, thus it’s rather tricky to try and describe in brevity. Sonder is something that is deeply felt, a sort of spiritual and intellectual “ah-ha” moment of clarity that can make you feel incredibly connected to mankind, as well as uniquely small. Sonder is that moment you wake-up from your cocoon of personal thoughts, feelings, problems and notice that everyone around you who was just part of the blur of humanity is as complex, frail, and amazingly different. Sonder is a very poetic and wonderful way to describe the awareness of “otherness” or others, to know that we are not singular in this world, we are not alone in the complexity of our thoughts, feelings, or experiences.
Awareness, awakened / peopled everywhere / the sonder it grows / suddenly I’m here. / No longer a stranger to those who surround / the otherness knowledge unfurls / resounds. / The fog of my thoughts lifts at the quick / alone no longer / no more adrift. / Abrupt / jolted to my very core / feeling out loud / growing once more. ~ La
I like the word Sonder, it’s an emotional awareness term and one, despite it’s new creation, that seems as old and wise as time itself. What do you think?
Namaste ~ Ella
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