Enchantment Key 2: Altered Perceptions

Hygge- A Danish Term For Enchantment

HYGGE-WHAT IS IT?

Hygge. OMG, what is that, you ask? Well it’s Danish for enchantment, basically! I am in love with this word. It is pronounced hue-guh. So the Danish people want to acknowledge moments (mindfulness) in which they experience feelings of coziness, a sense of something special, or as particularly charming.

 

I took this photo the other night, just before snuffing out the last candle, after everyone had left from the celebration of our eldest daughter’s birthday! She’s a leap year baby and so her day is only on the calendar every four years. Truth be told, she celebrates her birthday for the entire month on the “off” years. But the night had been filled with fun, good food, laughter, and togetherness.

Hygge can be experienced as the joy of a simple daily ritual of taking tea or coffee. It might be more elaborate as the feeling of contentment in your belly when you’ve shared a dinner party with family or good friends. However it is achieved deserves a moment to pause and appreciate it.

Well, yeah!

HYGGE = ENCHANTMENT

ETSY even says the word is trending. We Enchanted Journeyers have known about this feeling and have been stopping to acknowledge these moments, as enchantment, for quite some time now. That’s why we are the kind of people that other people want to hang out with. Right?

ENCHANTED BREATH

It’s time for our midweek Enchanted (or hygge) Breath! Step away from what you’re doing right now. Retreat from stress into the most recent hygge moment that you’ve had. Feel the smile on your lips. The crinkled, happy corners of your eyes, the warming ahh glow in your chest and just breathe. In and out. Breathe in contentment. Exhale gratitude.

Recall the visual ambience, the sounds, smells, tastes and textures of the moment. Let it melt the tension away from your muscles and nerves. Feel your breath deepening and a peaceful, all-is-well feeling wash over you.

Yes. That is hygge. That is enchantment.

WHAT BRINGS YOU HYGGE?

So chime in with photos or comments about what brings about your moment. Ask your friends if they know what hygge is and share this post with them. In fact, create a hygge “happening” this week. (That’s a throwback term for sure!) Then share it with us. We can’t wait to hear it about it!

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