The Art of Savoring

Remember that perfect piece of cheesecake you had that one time? How about that perfectly cooked steak? Or, that incredible juicy handful of blueberries that were just the right amount of sweet? You were savoring that moment and feeling. Savoring is akin to having the equivalent of an out of body experience. Stepping away from ourselves and just really going deep into the moment at hand. We can apply to this to anything, doesn’t just have to be food. We can do it as coaches, bosses, friends, and family. We don’t do it enough.

Regular practice of the art savoring can really help us enjoy the moments more that we normally just let come and go. Savoring more frequently say at work as we watch the moment someone finally transitions into a performer for example, is a great thing to behold. Not one to take for granted. True transformation may only happen in front of us a few times in our lives. We need practice savoring our moments more.

Savoring as I read it and understand it is the act of literally stepping outside of your a particular experience you are having to enjoy it. Nothing else matters but that moment and that experience in that moment. Savoring intensifies and helps increase the amount of time we’re allowed to stay with a positive emotion. The longer we can keep the positive emotion and feeling of it alive, can make all the difference between winning or losing you your achievement.

Some of the best ways we can practice savoring is sharing the story of that feeling with someone. Not just the story of it, but sharing that actual experience by taking them on the same experience. The equivalent of cheesecake for two!

When I have savoring moments I take a photo of it. I’ve gone back through 4-5 year photos of savored moments at times where I just can’t get way from the negative. I can recall as well as remember exactly how I felt when I took it. Before to long, I’m positive again and ready to go!

Savored moments are imprinted on us. Waiting in the subconscious to be triggered and brought forward so we can get through a downturn in our life. You ever have Deja vu? I think Deja vu is us recalling a savored moment that we forgot, but something triggered it to come forward into our conscious. That’s why it feels so familiar. We feel like we’ve been in that moment before, because we have.

Some different ways we can catalog savored moments so they don’t fall into the background of our subconscious are:

  • At the end of each day, think about a moment you wanted to savor, didn’t have time to fully capture it, and write it down now
  • Make a note on a piece of paper the moment you savor something
  • Don’t just do a gratitude journal about savored moments, clearly recall why you’re grateful for the moment to the detail
  • Take a photo of the moment if you can or sketch it out

Taking the time to connect with savored moments daily has shown to create sustained happiness and a healthier well-being. Grab your fork, lets dig in together and savor every happy moment we can. Love for you to share a favorite savored moment in the comments below. I may highlight it in my next planned podcast this month. Thanks for reading!

✌🏻 Shawn

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