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Nostalgia is “Who we are”: and Kinds of Nostalgia…

Posted on: November 16, 2013

Nostalgia is “Who we are”

Kinds of Nostalgia: Happy, sad, indicible, inexpressible, neutral…...

Do you think that the term nostalgia applies to elderly people who can only recall the earliest events?

Do you think that the term nostalgia applies to memories you want to absolutely forget? Is it possible anyway for forget “criminal” memories, real or imaginary, impressed in your consciousness?

Does it apply to people in “perpetual state of nostalgia” because they are unable to fit in any environment?

Do you think that the term nostalgia applies to dreams?

I so often dream of far away locations and people, and decades old. And I am walking and biking in streets of towns I live in for years. My brain edit my memories and adds hills and slopes to flat towns. And I take references from restaurants, churches, monuments, shopping centers.. in order to reach my apartment as night fall.

And I am hurrying to an apartment that I cannot recall which one I rented the last… As if I don’t remember where I parked my car, my bike, my brain… And I am selecting the friend I should sleep in, until my cloudy brain re-orients properly.

And I wonder: “What triggered this “nostalgic dream“? Have I heard, read or seen any piece of intelligence during the day that excited these old memories?”

First we feel nostalgia, and we don’t know the source of this feeling. We wrack our brain to track down the cause for our nostalgia, and whatever we discover is fundamentally a false alarm cause.

You have to be imaginative to allow your subconscious to guide you and let go.

You have got to remember that a whiff, a touch, a taste can generate so many nostalgic emotions that reason is helpless in that domain…

Usually, the voice expresses the types of nostalgia we are feeling, though it is the smell and taste that generate the most powerful of nostalgia, buried deep in our primitive memory.

That is why the types of food cooked in the kitchen invariably excite our nostalgia.

That is why people say that culture is fundamentally rooted in the kitchen and what it produces: The palate and smell are king.

In Japan, the closest to Nostalgia is Natsukashii, or Happy Nostalgia as opposed to the regular Sad Nostalgia in the western culture.

Natsukashii expresses the recollection of sweet events and soft feeling in our memories?

Do you think there are happy nostalgia once you decide or know for sure that you will never connect with this person or return to a particular location?

Is nostalgia referring to habits we are forced to substitute with other habits in a different setting of civilization? And it is hard not to feel sad and depressed for habits we had to forego, bad or good habits.

For example: “It is not the wine that I long for: It is the state of inebriation and its consequent behavior that bring out my true nature...”

In general, people say: “I am nostalgic to my hometown, my family, the childhood gathering, the traditional meals…”

Basically, it is not our conscious memories that generate a nostalgic feeling, but our unconscious reactions to the senses…

When you state in a gathering: “I am nostalgic to…”, probably this is a false-alarm nostalgia: Real nostalgia comes as a surprise and grab you, and not from the overloaded visual or auditory senses.

After a session of nostalgia, I feel a void, and I am in the present moment, and words don’t touch me and have no meanings.

Why do I link nostalgia with nights? Is it because it starts with N? Or it is at night, as the bombardment of external stimuli are minimal, that the lymbic senses take over in our brain?

Nostalgia is “Who we are”. If we attend seriously to our bout of nostalgia, we learn better  than any other medium of who we are and try to cherish these surprising opportunities. Otherwise,

Nostalgia could be the main reminder of the passing of time, irreversible, indomitable

Nostalgia might be the best reminder of opportunities and occasions we missed and failed to attend to, while we had the energy and endurance to process...

Definitely, nostalgia is associated with sadness, of missed opportunities, missed connections, missed chances to change

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