Choosing to Savor in Stillness Transforms Your Time

Choosing to savor transforms your time!

Choosing is a complex and often unconscious process. Whether it’s choosing what’s ‘best’ or choosing what we want, or making choices based on other considerations, we are constantly choosing.

We do it hundreds of times each day – choosing. One moment it’s an active choice and maybe the next  moment we decide by not deciding. Sometimes we’re impulsive. Other times we get stuck and the choosing is a real challenge. Competing priorities, clashing values, our moods, our energy levels, the needs of others – these and many other variables factor into the equation.

So, how do you work things out when you are choosing amongst competing priorities and values?

Choosing when the choice isn’t clear.

I started to explore this challenge earlier this week in my post titled Your Present Moment-Stillness, Choice and Transformation. Take a peek – it outlines a helpful process, I think.

And today I want to explore this more deeply. Why? Well, because these choices we are making every day have such a big impact on our time and, by extension, on our lives!

I am intrigued with an idea called Savor Discipline that Leo Babauta offers in his post titled Savor Discipline: Merge the Interests of Your Future & Present Selves. Here he explores a situation where one part of you (your present self) wants to eat some junk food and another part (your future self) knows that’s not in your best interest and thinks a carrot is a much better idea.

Rather than choosing to say yes or no to the options presented, he proposes Savor Discipline as a third option and, to my mind, a compelling solution.  Rather than eat the junk food your present self wants, or the healthy alternative your future self offers, you might choose to eat and savor something different – a third option.

It’s the savoring that is the key here.

Leo Babauta writes:

… savor the activity as if it were the most amazing thing in the world.

Because it can be. If you eat a berry with the fresh eyes of a two-year-old, you stop taking it for granted and start seeing how much of a miracle it is. You can savor its deliciousness, just as much as you could enjoy the junk food.

When you are choosing to savor, you are choosing to engage fully with the present moment. You go deeper, opening to what is.  And like a flower in the warm sun, the moment, in turn, opens to you.

This is precisely the place in time where transformation takes place.

It reminds me of the profound effect that gratitude has on the quality of your moments, too. For a powerful glimpse of how gratitude got one woman through a dangerous time, take a look at my post titled Gratitude’s Power to Transform Time.

Whether exploring Savor Discipline or the Power of Gratitude, the foundational, heart-based lesson here is the fact that time’s profoundest meanings and mysteries lie in each and every moment. They are always available to you, and are but a deep breath and an open heart away!

So, how are you choosing to live your moments today?

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