Word Nerd: Orenda

Word Nerd Header Apr 2016 via LaWhimsyorenda definition Word Nerd via LaWhimsyOrenda is is an Iroquois Indian belief of a spiritual power inherent in people and their environment. Orenda is present, in varying degrees, in all animate and inanimate natural objects as a transmissible spiritual energy capable of being exerted according to the will of its possessor. Orenda is the spiritual force of nature and orenda is the spiritual force by which human accomplishment is attained or accounted for. With orenda one is empowered and able to affect the world around them in positive ways. Orenda is supernatural, divine, extraordinary, and inherent – it’s the power within us (and all living things).

orenda vision digital art collage by Ella of LaWhimsy Pulsing all around us /within our soul the same /this power that consumes us /drives and guides our aim. / Orenda, divine and natural / Orenda, magical and sane / the vibrational energies that feed our heart and brain. /Without this supernatural essence /what would be our gain? / Without this energetic fusion / how would we remain? /Orenda gives us meaning / a power to effect / a way to weave the world with love as well as honor and protect. ~ Ella

I find orenda to be a word that rings true in  my heart and it’s a power I fully believe in and can sense in myself, others, and in nature. How about you?

Namaste ~ Ella

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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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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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