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recollectedness

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The result of searching the memory, as putting a person into complete possession of what he remembers.
  • noun Self-possession; mastery of what is in one's mind.

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Examples

  • It is the Holy Spirit--'rest for the weary, refreshment for the pining, solace in the midst of woe'--who imparts to the soul an imperturbable poise and a serene calm, the character of recollectedness, the soaring lightness of a full inner freedom.

    Finding Peace

  • It is the Holy Spirit--'rest for the weary, refreshment for the pining, solace in the midst of woe'--who imparts to the soul an imperturbable poise and a serene calm, the character of recollectedness, the soaring lightness of a full inner freedom.

    Archive 2005-04-01

  • And the choice being open, the perturbation of the pulses and impulses of so many hearts quickened in thought and feeling in this day suggests to me a deliberate return to the recollectedness of the more tranquil language.

    Essays

  • Then Noel remembered himself, and in perfect recollectedness and self-possession he took her hands and kissed them, first one and then the other.

    A Beautiful Alien

  • With that strange recollectedness which human beings often have in the sharpest crises of their lives Noel suppressed the great sigh that had risen from his heart, and let the breath of it go forth from his parted lips, with careful pains to make no sound.

    A Beautiful Alien

  • And then in the midst of it Dallas came in, with his slovenly dress and horrible pipe, and Christine, with an awful look of recollectedness, came back to reality.

    A Beautiful Alien

  • She raised by degrees a leaden and inexpressive eye, to the objects that were about her, without having as yet spirit and recollectedness enough to distinguish them.

    Imogen A Pastoral Romance

  • Him distinctly, and felt His presence, -- that the recollectedness of my soul was deeper in the prayer of quiet, and more continuous, -- that the effects thereof were very different from what I had hitherto experienced, -- and that it was most certain.

    The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus

  • (the possession of correct views, decision and purity of thought and will, the ability of reproducing any sound uttered in the universe, vow of poverty, asceticism, attainment of meditative abstraction of self-control, religious recollectedness, honesty and virtue), and such doctrines.

    Buddhism and Buddhists in China

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  • I first heard the word recollectedness in a video that neuropsychologist and meditation teacher Rick Hanson, Ph.D., gave for the Foundations of Well-Being program in November 2014. Hanson uses the word in the context of his definition of mindfulness. Here's the passage: "Mindfulness is sustained present-moment awareness. As a detail, in the language of early Buddhism, the tradition that is the basis from which the modern use of mindfulness has emerged...the essence of the...root...word,...sati,...is memory. In other words, mindfulness, in its original sense, which I really like, because it's kind of down-to-earth for me, is recollectedness, rather than forgetfulness." (This is my transcription of the video.)

    November 9, 2014