Ruministics explained!

So I sit down to write another blog post. I don't want this to be something that I 'crank out', or do because I HAVE to do it, but my desire is that would flow. That it would come from a place inside me that is real and true, sharing with others what I feel may 'need' to be shared.  

But I ponder what to write. Hmmm. I could write about what the word Ruministics means, or write about my seasonal products, or what the term Thoughtful Body Care or Thoughtful Living mean. 

I probably, at some point, should write about all those things. 

So, I'll start with number one. What's this about Ruministics?

Ruministics. It may be kind of a little funny word, and one that I, admittedly, just made up.

Doing farmer's markets and craft shows this year I've had people question if they were pronouncing it right (Mostly, they were) and even had one man thought my sign said 'Rum Ministries'. Not too far fetched on how it's spelled, but not quite what I was going for!  :)

As I say on my website and marketing materials: 

"The name Ruministics is from the Latin ‘Ruminare’; from roots Rumen, Ruminis."

And yes, it's true.

I still recall, a couple of years ago, scribbling away in the back of my journal, probably about 10:30p at night, dictionary beside me, playing with words I thought I might use as a name for all my natural body care crafting. Lord knows, literally, how many names I went through. And then my pen stumbled on ruministics. And I liked it.

I wanted something that had some sort of meaning behind it. Since I made body care using essential oils I had been playing with the thought of 'scents bringing memories to mind', so the word rumination ("The act of pondering; meditation") seemed a natural fit; ruministics, a variation.

My train of thought: 

Essential oils = Fragrance, aroma > Aromas = Bring memories to mind > Rumination = Pondering memories that the aroma brings to mind > Ruministics

Technically, Rumen, means, "The first division of the stomach of a ruminant animal (ie, cow), from which food is later returned to the mouth as cud." 

Uh, that's not very romantic. 

It gets better. 

The third definition of the word ruminant (After the hoofed, cud-chewing mammals) is "Meditative; contemplative". 

That's more like it. 

We go on to ruminate (-nated, -nating, -nates): "To turn a matter over and over in the mind" and "To reflect on again and again".

You get my point. 

The word ruministics speaks of remembering, recollection, thoughts, contemplation, the past, ruminating, intention, purpose and design.

There's a lot packed into that sentence, but I'll end here today: My desire is to create products with intention and purpose to help you create reflective moments, while nourishing your body. 

HH

 


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