Mmmmm...this is good.
This month, I’ve made it a point to focus on savoring – but I’m not talking about food. I’ve been focused on savoring moments.
Savoring is defined as using our thoughts and actions to increase the intensity, duration, and appreciation of positive experiences and emotions.
To me, savoring means being present to the moment I’m in, opening my heart to what’s unfolding, and allowing myself to TAKE IT IN.
Here are some recent examples:
I went on a walk last week and became overwhelmed by the number of monarch butterflies I saw. That was savoring.
I took a few minutes to swing underneath the trees in my backyard, taking in the beauty of the sunlight sparkling through the leaves. That was savoring.
I got a text from my son thanking me for something I did for him – and when I received it, I FELT his love. That was savoring.
I had a short conversation with a lady at the checkout counter at Home Depot – and during the conversation, I felt connected to her as a human being. That was savoring.
I got in bed last night and noticed the softness of my sheets and how comfortable I felt. That was savoring.
I’m also reminded of a moment years ago when my kids were very young. My husband and I were standing outside watching our kids play. They were running around in our backyard with their arms out like airplanes. My husband turned to me with tears in his eyes and said, “I want to remember this for the rest of my life.”
I don’t know if he remembers that moment now – or if either of us will think of it in the future. What I do know is that at that moment, he was savoring. He was taking in the beauty of that simple moment, which led him to feel overwhelmed with gratitude and joy.
When I’m savoring moments, I notice that life feels more beautiful and magical. It’s not that anything really changes in your life – and yet everything feels different. I encourage you to give it a try. Do you have any savoring stories? I’d love to hear them.