Greek, late 19th century
A transformational change in one’s way of life; a change resulting from repentance and spiritual awareness
Metanoia has sometimes been personified throughout history as a shadowy goddess cloaked in sadness. She was accompanied by Opportunity, and was known to cause regret for having missed important moments. Metanoia literally translates to “afterthought.” The ending -noia has long been associated with thought, as it is in “paranoia,” which are thoughts that don’t reflect reality.
Example: I experienced a moment of metanoia when I decided my opinion of myself mattered more than that of others.