Day 4: Savor
DAY 4: SAVOR
Many roads lead to greater body acceptance, and one of them is something called “savoring.”
It’s in the field of mindfulness meditation, but not nearly as focused or as intimidating as meditation can often seem. Savoring is an experience of the senses, a momentary pause from our minds where we can appreciate in what we find enjoyable. Savoring is the opposite of intellectualizing, which relies on the mind to rationally explain, judge, and validate a situation. To savor is to turn the chatter off briefly and pay attention to what is before you.
Savoring when connected to your body includes paying attention to sensations, tingles, and tactile differences in things. It’s petting your cat and feeling each slow motion of your hand across their soft fur. It’s closing your eyes while sunlight is on your face, drinking in the warmth. It’s putting on your favorite song and singing along. It’s taking a deep breath, feeling where the air moves.
Savoring is a scientifically proven practice that raises levels of happiness, because when we savor, we’re flooded with positive, loving emotions. And it’s available anywhere, anytime—you just have to notice when it occurs.
Pause during your day to soak in a pleasurable moment. It doesn't need to be long, even a few seconds would count.
TO HELP YOU GET INTO THE SAVORING STATE OF MIND, THINK ABOUT THE BASICS IN YOUR LIFE: WHAT BRINGS YOU CALMNESS, PEACE, JOY? BRING THOSE ACTS INTO YOUR DAY.
Allow all your senses to experience the full depth of the moment. You can write about the experience or capture it in a photo. You have complete creative ability to how you wish to express this activity.
If you're interested in learning more about mindfulness, this video is a great start.