Savor the Flavor!
"Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments." -- Wayne Dyer
How many times have you found yourself finishing a bag or box of a favorite, semi-forbidden food only to think: “How did I get here?” If so, you may have lost or forgotten the art of savoring what you are eating.
One definition of the word “Savor” is: “to appreciate, enjoy or relish something.”
We here so much these days about mindfulness. While I think it is a wonderful practice, the word itself has become so clichéd as to be a bit of a turn-off. When I find myself appreciating a concept but cringing at the mention of an overused word, I try to find another one that basically expresses the same thing.
I am making more of an effort to savor many things: the way my body feels when I have worked hard, time with people I care about, the feel of the sun on my face, and even the food I eat.
Unfortunately, it takes a bit of work, and some adjusting of our thought processes to learn to savor experiences. Does working out feel like such a drudgery that we forget to savor our stronger selves? Do we actively participate with people we care about, or are our minds on other things? Are we sometimes so preoccupied that we fail to notice those things in nature which bring us joy? Are we so full of guilt over what we should be eating that instead of savoring a few bites, we finish the whole thing without noticing?
My challenge to you, and also to myself is to savor….appreciate….enjoy!