Eunoia means beautiful thinking or a well mind. In rhetoric eunoia is the perceived or real goodwill a speaker has towards their audience. Eunoia is thought to derive from the Greek word euvoia (well mind) and as a fun fact, eunoia is the shortest word in the English language to contain all 5 of the main vowels.
Eunoia, much like euneirophrenia, relates to a content, delightful mental state of being and thinking. One could easily make the connection that with eunoia, one’s inner dialogue is the speaker and the mind is the audience. With eunoia there is a genuine kindness and gentleness that one has within themselves and towards themselves. In many ways mindfulness is all about cultivating a natural sense of eunoia.
In so many ways eunoia is like a breath of fresh air for an overly negative mind. To embrace your own eunoia is to embrace your own sense of calm and positive thinking. Much like lagom, eunoia is simply a way of being that you can choose, cultivate, and gently embrace. And isn’t that a beautiful thought?!
Namaste ~ Ella
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