Are you savoring life?
There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth. ~ Rumi
Savoring our lives is a great way to build our sense of happiness and well-being. Both brain scientists and spiritual teachers talk about the need to anchor our positive states. Savoring life enriches our feeling of well-being, bringing us back to our senses and the present moment. Savoring is also deeply connected to gratitude. I’ve written many times about the power of gratitude.
Rick Hanson’s book Hardwiring Happiness gives both the science of happiness and practical tips for anchoring positive states. HEAL is his method to use positive emotions to create structure and help rewire our brains for happiness. Essentially, the process is to have a positive experience, then enjoy and savor the experience and feeling.
Modern life often leads to chronic stress, excess stimulation, multi-tasking, busyness and social isolation. We need to retrain ourselves to slow down and savor the good to lock in the good feelings and retrain our brains. By doing so, we are actually rewiring our neural pathways to flow with good feelings. Pretty cool stuff!
Rikka Zimmerman offers another way to feel good. She suggests we practice returning to love, which is our core natural state of being. The more often we rest in the warmth of our inner being, the more we lock in feelings of love, peace and joy.
I like to sit and appreciate my garden or the beauty in wilderness areas. Soaking up the beauty of nature usually returns me to a state of peace and joy.
What practices do you have to savor life and return to love? I’d love to hear what works for you.