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Metanoia, a transliteration of the Greek μετάνοια, is “a transformative change of heart; especially: a spiritual conversion.” The term suggests repudiation, change of mind, repentance, and atonement; but “conversion” and “reformation” may best approximate its connotation. In The King James Version of the Bible, its verbal cognate metanoeo/μετανοέω is translated as repent.

Metanoia means afterthought, from meta meaning “after” or “beyond” and nous meaning “mind”. In Classical Greek metanoia meant changing one’s mind about someone or something. When personified, Metanoia was depicted as a shadowy goddess, cloaked and sorrowful, who accompanied Kairos, the god of Opportunity, sowing regret and inspiring repentance for the “missed moment”. This conventional portrayal continued through the Renaissance. “The elements of repentance, regret, reflection, and transformation are always present in the concept of metanoia to some degree, …”

bravery to change your mind.. everyday

Philo Judaeus of Alexandria (c. 25 BCE – c. 50 CE) depicted metanoia as “in heaven, a beautiful and especially good daughter of the Most High.” There, “she entreats God Most High hourly” on behalf of people.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary transliterates the Greek μετάνοια into metanoia and borrowing it as an English word with a definition that matches the Greek: “a transformative change of heart; especially: a spiritual conversion,” augmented by an explanation of metanoia’s Greek source: “from metanoiein to change one’s mind, repent, from meta-noein to think, from nous mind.” Synonyms for “conversion” include “change of heart” and “metanoia.”


intro’d to word here:

New favorite word: metanoia = the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self or way of life.
Inspiration to expand not just one’s vocabulary, but one’s potential and horizons too. :)
h/t @jerrymichalski
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adding page when rory used it here:

Paradoxically, C-19 is giving us the time and the space to take this journey. In a sense, this is our ‘calling’, to be part of a planetary initiation process, a collective metanoia, from which we can emerge with the resolve and the resilience we need to give birth to a new culture and a new civilisation, one which has moved beyond the polarities of Us and Them to recognise the oneness of just Us.


Michael Pollan‘s how to change your mind

the it is me

embracing uncertainty