We're going to be exploring some big words this week, words capable of holding many different meanings for different people.
There are no right or wrong answers here; I won't be dictating what each word means, or how you should use it. Here's why: I believe we are each a living mystery.
In the broadest terms, we are a loose bundle of thoughts, feelings, sensations, perceptions and motivations. It's likely that at least some aspects of our self is mysterious even to us. It's certain that we are a mystery to others: we can never directly experience what it's like to be another person.
Language is how we say, 'Hey this is what this part of the universe feels like to me, do you feel that too?' (We also do this with visual art, dance and music.)
What I remind myself is that words are a limited framework, a framework on which we rely to name, describe and share our experience of this mystery, but limited nonetheless. The mystery exists beyond words.
And so, of course, as we dive into these words we will each surface with different meanings and associations. Let's be generous with each other. Someone's differing interpretation does not negate our own, only offer another opening through which we might explore the mystery...