The Art of Savouring

by Debbie L. Kasman in ,

We lead extremely fast-paced lives and as a result, many of us have lost the art of slowing down, stumbling upon random things, finding magical moments in our day, or wandering off into the wilderness of our daydreams.  With technology streamlining our lives and with two or three online selves to take care of, we’ve become routinized and mechanized modern humans.  But this is detrimental to our health. 

One way to counteract this is to practice the art of savouring.  Savouring is the art of experiencing the simple things in life completely, fully and with gratitude as soon as they occur. 

To practice this, use all five senses when you experience a beautiful moment. Take a deep breath, slow yourself right down for a minute or two, and feel a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation for what's occurring in the present moment. Try to make this a regular part of each day. That's what I do and it works.  

I love to drink tea, especially in the late afternoon. I take a few minutes to sit in my favourite chair, near my favourite window, on a park bench, or on the deck outside when the days are nice.  In the winter, I put on the fireplace if I'm home and I kick off my shoes (or my slippers). I bask in the heat from the sun or the fireplace.  I turn off the world for just a few minutes and fully enjoy the experience. I focus on the scents around me. I notice how the flames of the fire dance in the hearth, and I feel a deep appreciate for its warmth.  I notice and appreciate the sound of the breeze when it ruffles the leaves, the raindrops as they hit the window, or the sound of the birds at the feeder.  I deliberately slow my breathing. I consciously breathe more deeply into the experience.  I'll close my eyes and feel deep gratitude and appreciation for the wonderful moment I'm experiencing.   

You don’t have to drink tea, sit in front of a fire or in the sun to practice the art of savouring.  It’s easy to savour almost anything.  All you have to do is look for a small moment in your day and deeply and consciously enjoy it, using all five of your senses when you can to fully appreciate the simple but wonderful experience. 

When your day gets busy, take some time to smell the roses, quite literally!  Remind yourself that life is not a race, that you need to pay attention to the moment, to touch, feel, taste, hear and see all the wonderful things around you. Feel deeply and be grateful for them. 

Savouring isn’t about keeping a certain pace.  It’s about breaking out of the rhythm you’ve forced on yourself or that others have forced on you.  Carlo Petrini, a Time magazine Hero of the Year and founder of the “slow food revolution,” says that not everything needs to be done slowly, but that we must learn to control the rhythms of our lives and to determine our own tempos. 

Look for small moments throughout the day and savour them.  Cook and taste a wonderful meal, listen to and feel beautiful music, read an inspirational quote and share it with a friend, sit on a bench in the warm sun, walk past a bakery and inhale the scent of freshly baked bread, or give someone you love a big hug. 

When you choose to slow down and take the time to enjoy your current experience fully, deeply and with gratitude, you are practicing the wonderful art of savouring.

Debbie L. Kasman

Author Lotus of the Heart:  Reshaping the Human and Collective Soul and Shattering My Internal Glass Ceiling: One Working Woman's Struggle for Change (due out later in 2017)