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Word Nerd: Biophilia

Biophilia is a hypothetical human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature. First coined by Erich Fromm in the 1960's to describe a biological drive toward self-preservation, biophilia is the combination of bio (life) and philia (friendly feeling toward). The definition of biophilia was extended upon in the… Continue reading Word Nerd: Biophilia

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The earth laughs in flowers Ralph Waldo Emerson quote Monday Mantra 201 via LaWhimsy
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Monday Mantra 201 – The earth laughs in flowers

“The earth laughs in flowers.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Earth Day is such a sweet and lovely reminder that the Earth is our home and ultimate resource and as such it deserves our love, respect and devotion... "The earth laughs in flowers." The Earth communicates to us in so many ways, from the soft buzzing… Continue reading Monday Mantra 201 – The earth laughs in flowers

Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul Alice Walker quote Monday Mantra 200 via LaWhimsy
Monday Mantras

Monday Mantra 200 – Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul

“Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul.”  ~ Alice Walker What better way to mark this, my 200th Monday Mantra, than with this gorgeous quote that puts my life motto in such a succinct way... "Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul." My… Continue reading Monday Mantra 200 – Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul

the poetry of dormiveglia a digital art collage by LaWhimsy from a photo by sarah diniz outeiro
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Word Nerd: Dormiveglia

Dormiveglia is the state of being half-asleep or half-awake. Dormiveglia is an Italian word and one that doesn't have a single word equivalent in English, or at least not one that is near as lovely since semi-conscious is somewhat lacking in descriptive delight and essence. Besides, dormiveglia is describing a semi-conscious sleep awake state, not… Continue reading Word Nerd: Dormiveglia

Unlike self-criticism, which asks if you_re good enough, self-compassion asks what_s good for you Kristen Neff quote Monday Mantra 199 via LaWhimsy
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Monday Mantra 199 – Unlike self-criticism, which asks if you’re good enough, self-compassion asks what’s good for you

“Unlike self-criticism, which asks if you're good enough, self-compassion asks, what's good for you? ”  ~ Kristen Neff Who doesn't want to be asked what's good, what's right for them?! "Unlike self-criticism, which asks if you're good enough, self-compassion asks, what's good for you?" Most everyone is self-critical, and while in small doses this isn't… Continue reading Monday Mantra 199 – Unlike self-criticism, which asks if you’re good enough, self-compassion asks what’s good for you

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Word Nerd: Crytoscopophilia

Crytoscopophilia is the urge ones feels to look through peoples windows as they pass by their houses. Crytoscopophilia is not to be confused with a peeping tom or voyeur since it is specific in it's definition as a glance or glimpse as one passes by. I suppose that one could perverse crytoscopophilia but there is… Continue reading Word Nerd: Crytoscopophilia