Will you taste the exquisiteness of this moment?

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Is it a luxury to be able to savor this moment? These days, it would often seem so. To slow down over a fine dinner or to spend a long afternoon soaking in delights of nature – to have moments like these that seem worthy of savoring feels out of reach. There are bills to be paid, emails to be responded to, meals to be prepared….how do we justify “savoring” when there is work to be done?

As always, all it takes is a little change in perspective.

Savor can be both a verb, meaning, “to enjoy the tastes or smells (of something) for as long as possible or to enjoy (something) for a long time”, and a noun, meaning, “the quality that makes something interesting or enjoyable.

Think about it: Every moment in life has a savor, a quality about it that makes it interesting.

We always have a choice to recognize this.

Thich Nhat Hanh wrote the book on Savoring (quite literally – it is titled, “Savor”), and in it, he encouraged, “Savor the time you still have in this life. Savor every moment, every breath, every meal, every relationship, every action or nonaction, every opportunity to maintain your well-being and the well-being of our world.

How interesting it is to think about being able to savor – to find interesting – every single moment of our lives. But how do you do this?

In the moments during which I write this, life at first glance seems quite mundane. The laptop is open in front of me, our dog sleeps (and snores) on the couch, and my husband and kids are working out in the back yard.

But when I think about trying to savor this moment instead of just passing through it, everything around me seems to come alive.

The soothing sound of the fountain, my daughter’s laugh in response to something her brother just said, the comforting scent of home that I can’t quite put into words, the easy position in which my body rests, the light reflecting off the turquoise stand in the corner of my vision… even the pile of clean laundry that pulls my thoughts towards what else I need to be doing – it all enters my awareness and becomes quite fascinating.

Nothing changed but my intention. My awareness, my thoughts, my breath, and yes, my smile all followed that intention. It didn’t take anything out of the ordinary – simply an intention to experience what is interesting and perhaps enjoyable about this moment, to open my senses and taste what is right in front of me.

What would it feel like for you to taste the exquisiteness of this moment?

Knowing there will never be another exactly like it, delight for a moment in the rare beauty of this experience. Of the billions of moments that have happened and are yet to happen, you are fortunate enough to be alive for this one.

As Amanda Fall, creator of Sprout online magazine, said,

May the act of savoring your life . . . save your life. May you wash up on the shore of your everyday, gasping, awake once more to the simplest of pleasures. To this breath. This moment. May this be {more than} enough.

 

….Namaste.

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About Lisa Renee Wilson

I am honored to be your host for this journey! I am an Awareness Artist who shares her world work through Being Breath (www.BeingBreath.com). As a parent, artist, contemplative, meditator, yoga practitioner, introvert, runner, blogger, photographer, and iced-chai addict, I practice the art of mindful awareness throughout all of my daily activities. From playing with perspectives to playing in paint, no moments are off limits for exploration.

You can learn more about me over at BeingBreath.com, connect over on FacebookPinterest, or Twitter, or just stay tuned to hear insightfully honest stories right here at Bliss Habits!

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