Savour the good things.
“We should learn to savour some moments to let time feel worth existing.”
– Munia Khan.
With our attention span plummeting to Goldfish levels, our ability to enjoy the good stuff is in grave danger, just imagine that you start licking away your favourite ice-cream in a dream-like beach during your well-deserved holidays. Just perfect! If it wasn’t because you’ve started to think about how short your holidays are, and how your inbox will be flooding when you get back and… Ever experienced that? We all have at one point or another. But no more! Here’s how to get back your glorious joy and enjoy it for longer! (Pause for hysterical ovation)
For this week’s booster, choose one experience each day and put all your mind and senses into savouring it for its whole duration.
WHY IS IT GOOD?
Savouring is the act of stepping outside of an experience to review and appreciate it, and it’s packed with benefits.
It’s a powerful way to thwart our hedonic adaptation.
It extends time, by bringing awareness the experience seems to stretch in time.
It brings up feelings of gratitude.
By sharing your experience with others it improves relationships.
It keeps your attention on the present moment.
It counteracts the negativity bias by helping you focus more on positive experiences.
If you become aware of a moment of awesomeness, be sure to enjoy the sensations, really feel them and focus on them for at least 15 seconds, this will give your neurons enough time “to fire together so they start wiring together” (Rick Hanson).
A study on daily savouring discovered a number of activities that will help enhance savouring:
Talk to another person about how good it felt.
Think about how lucky you are.
Think about sharing it later with others.
Show physical expressions of joy and energy.
Think only about the present, be absorbed.
Take a mental photograph.
They also noticed there are some activities that hurt (kill) savouring (joy):
Focusing on the future when it will be over.
Reminding yourself it will be over soon.
Telling yourself it wasn't as good as you hoped.
Thinking it will never be this good again.
Thinking of ways it could be better.
Telling yourself that you don't deserve it.
EXTRA BROWNIE POINTS
Drag all your family into a group savouring experience. Yaaaaay! Your teenage kids will love it!
Enjoy! (We mean it)
Vero and Enrique
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