Word Nerd: Baisemain

Word Nerd Header Apr 2016 via LaWhimsybaisemain definition Word Nerd via LaWhimsyBaisemain is an archaic French term for the traditional kissing of the hand that a vassal would give to the fief seigneur signifying respect. Baisemain then expanded it’s meaning to the polite manner which one would use to greet or leave a lady, especially a lady one wanted to impress or show admiration to. In many ways baisemain still applies in this day and age (though it doesn’t just have to be the guy doing it) since a kiss upon the hand can be a romantic, loving, passionate, sweet, etc, gesture. I mean, who doesn’t adore sharing in the many ways one can express their affection for another?!

raptuous baisemain kisses via LaWhimsy My goodness, what burning desire can be expressed with baisemain!

While I find the word baisemain to be a bit clunky for everyday use, I do utterly and complete love what it means and sentiment behind it!

Namaste ~ Ella

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Monday Mantra 153 – Do not fear Mercury in retrograde. It’s a time to Reflect, Reconnect, and Renew

Do not fear Mercury in retrograde. It's a time to Reflect, Reconnect, Renew. quote Monday Mantra 153 via LaWhimsyDo not fear Mercury in retrograde. It’s a time to Reflect, Reconnect, & Renew” ~ LaWhimsy

Yesterday Mercury went into retrograde and for as long as I can remember, many people seem to view this as a hugely negative, almost fearful time. Expect chaos, delays, upheavals, etc. and so forth…but is that necessarily the truth? I don’t find it to be so. Mercury Retrograde is not something to fear, rather it can be something to embrace. These retrogrades are a time to slow down and reflect, refocus, re-organize, reconnect, and renew (catch the re theme here?). Yes, there can be some chaos, especially around communications and tech, but if you just go with the flow and be gentle with yourself and others, it doesn’t have to be a negative chaos. Perhaps those delays have a reason, even if it’s one as simple as giving you a moment to just breathe. Maybe changes in plans mean you’ll be able to do something you wouldn’t otherwise. Miscommunications may provide a fresh perspective or different insight into a situation. Tech or work issues may spark a much needed shift in focus. Having to slow down and double check numbers or spellings may help you avoid some easy, yet huge gaffes. So long as you remain flexible and open to what the Universe is trying to tell or show you, you’ll be okay. See Mercury Retrograde as a learning experience, a time of self-reflection, a time to facilitate change (sometimes profound, sometimes mild), a time to reconnect to your wants and needs. There is nothing to fear in a time that is meant for being soft, gentle, and kind to yourself, in fact, it’s a time to nurture and even look forward to. So do not fear Mercury Retrograde, embrace it like an old friend and take it easy.

Namaste ~ Ella

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Word Nerd: Nefelibata

Word Nerd Header Apr 2016 via LaWhimsynefelibata definition Word Nerd via LaWhimsyNefelibata (pronounced ne-fe-LE-ba-ta) is a charming Portuguese word – from ‘nephele’ (cloud) and batha (a place where you can walk) – used to describe those of us who are rather unique and unorthodox. A nefelibata is a cloud walker or or one who does not abide by the precepts of society, literature, or art. Nefelibata’s think and live outside of the preconceived societal norms and boxes. Being a nefelibata doesn’t mean you don’t understand societal or artistic precepts, it simply means you have your own views and ideas and functionalities.

nefelibata she walks her own path digital art collage by Ella of LaWhimsy Nefelibata /she walks her own path /guided by longings and desires unmapped. /She set out alone /wandered along /gathering inspirations /humming an unknown song. /What worlds she imagined  /what dreams she wove /what earthly experiences she sought to behold. /Never belonging to reality’s coil /seeing it all through honey and foil. /Sometimes she wondered what it’d be like to fit in /to be another /without and within. /The thought would pass by /a momentary glimpse /then a new thought would surface /a new dance would begin. /Nefelibata /she walks her own path  /unorthodox, certainly /but worth every step. ~ Ella

Nefelibata is a new favorite word of mine and one that I think describes me quite nicely!

Namaste ~ Ella

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