This morning before sitting down to write this blog I took a few moments to sit with my two dogs, Buck and Remus. There were no distractions, just me and these two small living beings. As I stroked their coats I noticed the texture of their fur. I could feel their heart beats and their warmth. Without distraction I was able to fully appreciate their existence and how they contribute to mine.
In our modern life we often dash from one thing to another and when we stop we fill up our experience with chatter such as social media and TV. We often lose the ability to be still and savour.
Savouring and appreciating are two concepts discussed in many books on Positive Psychology. All that is required is that you choose to do so. Take a moment to notice what is important in the moment.
If I were to stop right now it might be to turn and look out the window. The garden is bursting with life, I can hear woodpeckers pecking, the sun is bright and there is a feel of spring in the air. These moments of stopping to notice and savour have a power to bring a sense of contentment, ease and happiness even when we are in the midst of challenge.
What will you savour today? Will it be to truly taste an apple, gaze at a view, stroke a beloved pet, play with a child or plant a seed in the ground? For those of you who find it hard to stop try this.
Savour one deep breath. Sit or stand in a comfortable position. Breathe in and notice how your lungs expand to accommodate the breath. Hold that breath a couple of seconds appreciating the life in your body and then gently release that breath.
What did you notice?
One small item of news today, on Saturday 7th March we will be holding an NLP practice group. The location will be Crowborough, East Sussex. This is open to all who would like to know more. The topic will be “Savouring and appreciating”. If you would like to join us please contact me direct for details.