6 Weeks to Enjoying and Appreciating Our Life As It Is

There are 5 weeks till Christmas. Six till the New Year. More or less. Eek! This fall has been a challenging and difficult time for so many people. Election, economy, family stuff – it seems to be a time of difficulties for many. In these slump periods, it is hard to keep your energy, to be positive and hopeful.

Yet there must be way. Our happiness, contentment, (dare I say it) our joy – must not be dependent on others or on our circumstances. This must be something we can address. Our mental state depends on it, and so (research indicates) does our physical health and overall well being.

I am going to take these next few weeks, and see if we can turn things around. Each week I’m going to post a technique that I’ve discovered and tried – and we’ll see how it goes. So when we spend time with family, friends, coworkers over this holiday season, maybe, just maybe, we can appreciate it, even enjoy it a little.

Since next week marks the beginning of the holiday get-together season – here’s something to do at EVERY party, dinner, lunch, coffee, brunch you attend.

Choose one thing that you are eating or drinking – and savor that one item. It can be anything you choose, a glass of wine, or cup of coffee.  Grandma’s cookies, or the main course at a restaurnt.  Be sure that for at least 5 bites or sips, you focus on the food or drink. Identify as many flavor or texture elements as you can. Close your eyes for a moment. Relish it. Chew slowly. Savor. Take as long as you can with each bite or sip – don’t swallow until you have extracted every bit of taste and pleasure out of the experience.

This practice will help you be mindful, and be in the present. Its also a way to steal a moment for yourself – in the midst of a crowd. It can be so easy to rush from event to event – or overindulge – and miss out on the pleasure of the experiences. Try it. And let me know how it goes for you.

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