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Practice Savoring

Life goes by quickly and it’s only later that we look back with nostalgia. In The Now Effect I write about the ability to create “Present Nostalgia” as a means to savor the moment. This is the practice of imaging yourself in the future in a time when things have changed and looking back to see what is precious about this moment. Then, in the present moment you can savor what you’ve been missing. However, in his recent inauguration, President Obama also shows us how savoring is done.

Here’s the clip to watch: 

We often take things for granted in life because the brain is wired for routine.

The reality is, everything changes in life. This law of impermanence has yet to be proven wrong. The seasons come and go, children eventually get older, the happy and sad moments never stick around and even this blog post, someday will be gone.

What is happening in your life right now that is precious that is worth savoring?

Is it the next bite of food that you take, the smile of a child, a kiss or hug from a loved one or maybe even the final glimpse of a falling sunset.

What can you savor today?

What would the days, weeks and months ahead be like if there were more moments of savoring?

Let this answer be your source of motivation.

As always, please share your thoughts, stories and questions below. Your interactions provide a living wisdom for us all to benefit from.

Practice Savoring

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is creator of the six month online program A Course in Mindful Living, author of the book Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler: Quick Exercises to Calm Your Mind, the premier eCourse Basics of Mindfulness Meditation: A 28 Day Program, the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work™ program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations. Join The Now Effect Community for free Daily Now Moments and a Weekly Newsletter. Dr. Goldstein is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles.


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APA Reference
Goldstein, E. (2013). Practice Savoring. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 20, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindfulness/2013/01/practice-savoring/

 

Last updated: 24 Jan 2013
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 24 Jan 2013
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