The basic word in persistence is : sistence
Three dimensions of sistence are :
The first dimension is the mind. Mind can only see borders. These are experienced as apparently opposites: parts of a whole that the mind can never experience.
The opposites are : "in" and "ex".
So there is in-sistence and ex-sistence.
Note that the etymology of the word existent (without the extra 's') is from Latin exsistent-, exsistens, present participle of exsistere
The second dimension is the body. Body can not see (= create) form, instead it can only feel content. This content is felt as one whole. The body can never experience the parts of this whole.
The whole is : "re".
So there is re-sistence experienced from the body, which is the swing of "in-sistence" and "ex-sistence" as experienced by the mind.
From the mind perspective, re-sistence is the pause at the end of each part of the swing. Breathing in and out (= ex), the buddhists contemplate this pause in this swing as the entrance / exit to another dimension.
To fully understand the relativity of perspective, consider mind and body as bilocality : two apparently opposite perspectives on one and the same area.
To insist is the opposite movement from exsist
Insistence plus existence are together the feeling of resistence
Insistence / resistence / existence / resistence = the four seasons, the full cycle of breathing
The third dimension is that which mind and body co-create. It is a feeling of growth, of "moving forward", an experience of something that "shines through" the outer appearance. Like annual rings on a tree, the tree's recordings of its "ex/re/in/re" cycles
This forward thing is "per"
So we have per-sistence as the third dimension
Now you try, using these three dimensions, with other basic (movement) words like
- press: in-press, ex-press, re-press, per-press.
- tend: in-tend, ex-tend, re-tend, per-tend.
- cite: in-cite, ex-cite, re-cite, per-cite.
You will find that some words are yet non-existing.
Perhaps you find other things, that you would like to share ?
Best regards, Ron