PRE-ORDER Keywords: Words you Didn't Know Existed and Won't Be Able to Live Without (shipping September 1, 2019)

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PRE-ORDER Keywords: Words you Didn't Know Existed and Won't Be Able to Live Without (shipping September 1, 2019)

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What do you do when you realize that the language you speak fails to adequately map your experience? Fails to give you a way of understanding and talking about a good part of what is important to you? Gabriel Kram went in search of keywords– words that open doors into parts of our experience that the English language does not name. From the founder of Applied Mindfulness comes the fruit of a 20-year study of what can be held in language and what is beyond it, a book that will change your map of what is knowable and what is nameable. Illustrated, 8.5 x 8.5 inches square, 319 pages, with full color plates.

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It has been famously remarked that the Inuit people have hundreds of words for snow. Language provides texture, clarity, and differentiation of our experiences. It maps what is knowable to us, and provides containers for our experience. The origin of words also has something deep to say about how we see ourselves, and our world, and our place in it. But how can you talk with clarity and precision about something that has happened if there are no words for it in your language? Driven by personal necessity, and the awareness that things were happening in his mind and his life that the language he knew did not have the capacity to describe, Applied Mindfulness founder Natureza Gabriel Kram has spent 20 years gathering words from different languages and cultures to map aspects of our internal, relational, and nature experience. Compiled here for the first time is a map of words with the power to change your mind and what you see. This book opens a doorway to a new relationship with language, and possibilities of describing, with precision and nuance, aspects of our human experience that haven’t been named before in English. Did you know, for example, that there’s a word in Yiddish for a kind of knowing that comes from your gut? A word in Anishanabee for the force that pops a mushroom up out of the ground? A word in Japanese for the color of sunlight filtered through leaves? That the word for meditation in Hebrew literally means ‘bring your heart to it.’ That there’s a word in the indigenous Kumeyaay dialect that means, ‘I see the fire in your heart.’ Keywords opens the door to a new world of meaning.

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