Spring Equinox is a time for awakening and rebirth. It is also a great time to focus on happiness. Savoring is one of the best ways to do that.
Spring is a time for reconnecting with nature, planting your garden, and creating new ideas.
“Overall spring is a joyful time. Everything is coming alive. Nature is waking up and everything is being reborn. The same thing is happening within you. Your spirit is coming alive with hopeful, excited energy.” (The Seasonal Soul)
Savoring is the act of finding pleasure, delight or joy in the moment. We have an old saying that perfectly describes savoring the moment: “stop and smell the roses”. Even though the roses may not be in bloom yet, spring is full of new growth and a variety of spring blooms that invite savoring.
When you savor the moment, you want to engage all of your senses. When you see something beautiful, take time to engage your other senses. What are you hearing? What are you smelling or tasting? What can you explore with touch? What emotions are coming up for you?
Savoring is different from mindfulness. In mindfulness you focus on “what is” without any judgement. With savoring you focus on those things that bring a sense of happiness and joy.
According to Sonja Lyubomirsky, “The habit of savoring has been shown in empirical research to be related to intense and frequent happiness.”
If you haven’t tried the act of savoring the moment to increase your happiness level, you might think that this technique is too easy to be of any use. Or maybe too good to be true.
Many of us, including me, were taught that you have to struggle to get ahead. Or that life is hard. According to the Law of Attraction (LOA) we attract people and events that match our thoughts and vibrations. So, if you experience life as a struggle, you will be attracting more struggle and less happiness.
If you are struggling, you can change your perceptions and attitude. According to Wayne Dyer, “Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.”
For more details on how to change negative thoughts into savoring opportunities, check out the FLIP IT process in my book, First Create Happiness and the Rest Will Follow.
In my book, I describe a number of benefits that come from the act of savoring. Savoring is simple yet powerful.
As you can see, savoring is essential for any happiness practice.
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