Metanoia: Have you heard of this word?

“Metanoia means “changing one’s mind.” It is a conversion, a change in your heart and character”

I recently learned an interesting word: metanoia, which means “changing one’s mind.”

Metanoia is not simply a confession or an apology for your behavior. It goes much deeper than that. It is defined as “a change in the trend and action of your whole inner nature – intellectual, affectional, and moral.” It is a conversion, a total change in your heart and character.

I first came across this word while reading about the Jesus Prayer. This word describes the very meaning of repentance. In Eastern Orthodoxy, redemption is not a reward or un grand prix, it is the “reconciliation of God with man, the manifestation of God’s love for humanity.”

By disciplining our freedom with choice and continuously choosing to be with God we encounter and create change. This is theosis, the “likeness to or union with God.” It is essentially the motivation to be continuously better than what we usually are.

Now it goes without saying metanoia is a pretty cool word but how can you apply its meaning to your life? Take a moment to contemplate your relationship with God. Are you choosing to embrace change? Are you willing to let God change you from the inside out?

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Jessica is an employment specialist for marginalized youth in Toronto, Canada. She enjoys teaching, traveling and observing - especially the relationship between mind and heart. Jessica also has a passion for outdoor walks, dancing, and all things offbeat and authentic. You can contact her at

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