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THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE. HOW MIGHT I SAVOR THEM MORE?
Be present, be grateful and harnessing my peaceful warrior.
How we savor depends on what we savor. How I enjoy a book is different from how I enjoy a friend. But both require an investment of time and a high level of engagement.
THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE. HOW MIGHT I SAVOR THEM MORE?
Well said, thanks Mike
Put the phone down
Everything you said is helping me appreciating the wonderful and deep experience of my holidays, so I keep my mind, soul, body in the moment, not losing concentration in the daily chatting of life.
Grateful for being here, many greetings to everyone.
Slow down, engage all senses, appreciate.
By slowing down….breathing….and trying to stay in the present as much as possible.
By being aware of what they are—noticing
Since retirement, I have been spending a lot more time with friends. I adore them all, but in the past it was like fitting people in when I (and they) had time. It is lovely to just meet and talk without a time crunch. I did not anticipate this gift from retirement. I am deeply grateful and appreciative.
I can savor the beauty of nature by spending more time actively enjoying it-looking at the clouds, sky, sun, trees, birds, insects, and reflecting on their beauty, rather than simply walking past them without taking time to notice or appreciate them.
Breathing and living lovingly is what comes to mind for me today having lost a dear friend to lung cancer this week. It awakened me to her zest for life and serves me well to remember her and remember my own spiritual essence.
Condolences to you on the loss of your dear friend.
I’m sorry for your loss, Debra. I remember you lost your poor kitty recently, too. (((hugs)))
Yes, I did. And thoughtful of you to write and remember that. It’s been a little tough of late.
Reminded again of these wise words:
Just to be is blessing
Just to live is holy
-Abraham Joshua Heschel
Shall I go out onto my balcony and enjoy the morning air and the 2 poinsettas that were left by the dumpster, and the plant my daughter gave me from her townhouse, and the little rosebushes I bought at the supermarket, [those are the ones with exciting new growth that I’m watering enthusiastically] or should I stay inside and leave the balcony to the dove who is nesting on it?
I don’t think the dove will be sitting on an egg at this time of year. Is it a Mourning Dove?
Yes. Interesting. I think last year’s ‘baby’ doves flew away in August.. yup – Aug 30. Eggs in a March 4 photo. Tiny baby on March 5. … Oh! 2 years of doves here – 2020 and 2021. A crow just flew at the dove on the nest. Then it sat on my balcony railing, but I scared it off. Bad crow! I think I’ll go out on my balcony now 🙂
Oh, wow, so they really are nesting. How lovely! 🙂
Probably not, actually – the March ones were in 2021, but they got rained out of their nest in a big rainy windstorm. I think there were a baby and an egg., and I was surprised that I couldn’t find even a trace of baby or eggshell. Their new nest is closer to my condo and farther from the railing. I’ll post pics one of these days.
By starting with gratefulness and paying more attention
The best things for me in life are my family, nature, and good friends.
Taking more time to slow down and enjoy all three would help me to savor them more….being aware in that very moment I am IN at the time and not thinking of the past or future, but being right there…..it is so important….just that…..
Being right there… in the moment. Yes! Thank you!
I am learning to appreciate basic self care again. We all have the health that we have, but we can be glad for as much health as we have, and have habits to nurture our physical and emotional health. Even though it was so hot yesterday, I went for a long walk, and felt better for it, and slept better last night than I have been. It is a “best thing” because when you don’t have good sleep, life is certainly harder. Many things are like that – we can take things for granted until we don’t have it, but when it returns, then we feel how important it is.
This morning I woke rested and my husband and I talked in the pre-dawn light, just enjoying each other’s thoughts and company.
I enjoy things like creating a garden with plant divisions from friends and seeds saved from last year’s plants, and I love making crafts from materials that would otherwise go into the trash or recycling. I enjoy baking good bread and improving my skills at it. Yes, flour isn’t free but it’s cheaper than bread and it is the doing that is what makes it “best.”
I like learning and reading, too. I think it is the effort of making things, working, challenging myself, that makes it all worth while.
Creating music is another wonderful thing that is free, and sharing that music makes it two best things.
It is like I’m learning how to live again, how to savor the freedom to choose how I go about my day. If I work, I can work and not care, or I can care and make it special. I can walk past nature because that is where the path is, or I can notice life along the way. We saw a hummingbird out our window this morning, feeding on the trumpet vine!. It can be the same path, but very different experiences if we notice good things along the way.
And the people here are “the best things,” too. Good morning, everyone! 🙂
“notice good things along the way.”
Simple. Thanks Holly.
Yes, Holly – ‘appreciate basic self care’ – you’d think I’d have learned to do that long ago, at my age, but no, I’m still learning –
I honor the light in others, as they honor the light in me. Today, I will honor the light in others, even when they don’t honor the light in me. I will also honor the light above me and within me, which helps everyone on earth. xo Lisa
Yes, it does!
I honor the light in you, Lisa 🙂
This morning as I gathered my coffee, laptop and was settling in on my back porch for my morning spiritual and email ritual I just happened to glance up and see pink and red clouds whisping against a bluing sky. In an instant I stopped everything else I was doing, grabbed my cup of coffee, focused on the colors and shapes in the sky and took my first swallow of coffee. The gifts of the Holy are all around us if we notice, acknowledge and drink it in. I will make an effort to do that more.
Me too – I was walking to the supermarket late yesterday afternoon and looked up and saw wonderful clouds with God rays coming through them! Thank you for reminding me –
You said that just beautifully. Thank you.
Katrina that is so beautiful. I’m so glad you looked up …
I live in an area where I am constantly reminded how blessed I am. I have a country home on some old farmland in an area that is not developed (yet), with tidal creeks all around, the ocean 20 minutes away, a pond filled with singing frogs… it’s a great place for me to be, and I’m grateful for it every day. I think I could savor it more by taking an exgtra breath while looking up at the moon or stopping an extra minute while at the beach and listening to the waves… there are always opportunities to take it in that much more!
This sounds just like what heaven would be for me….how wonderful for you! Blessings…..
We have singing frogs, too! Plus a leaping one that defies gravity. Thanks for your post! Your home sounds incredibly lovely.
Sounds beautiful, sunnypatti!
I can savor the best things in life by being aware of them, acknowledging them, and truly appreciating them by expressing gratitude toward them and for them.
Expressing my thanks, with a humble bow, joyfully being present.
By participating and enjoying those free things more. Why do we try to keep up with the Jones? Our society is so fixated in having more and better material things which Often come with costs. Economic costs, confrontational costs, mental and physical costs. We are better off to Be more grateful with the free things and learning to enjoy them. If we dont always try to fill our baskets with things that we want, then we will appreciate what we do have.
I am blessed to live in a beautiful Mountainside home in a lake community.. I am guilty of working too hard, worrying too much and not making the time to slow down or better yet stop look go to remind myself how fortunate and blessed I am. The more I surround myself in nature the greater my inner peace becomes.
‘guilty of … worrying too much’ – I’m identifying with that this morning..
“How might I savour them more”?
By Listening…… to the ‘Spirit-Soul-Self’
Nothing else can come even remotely close to bringing awareness and joy to all other manifestations of life!
Word for the Day
There is in you something that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have.
Thank you, dear Ed.
You are Welcome Ose!
In the ancient traditions ‘Spirit-Soul-Self’ was referred to as “The crystal clear mirror” each one of us has within us.
Be Well Be Present
By being present in the moment and leading a simple life full of gratitude.
Fortunately for me, I live very close to the ocean, and can say that I enjoy rowing with my team in the harbor, and I have the luxury of enjoying our local beaches with my family throughout the spring, summer, and fall months. My wife and I sometimes look at one another and take turns saying, “My gosh, we are so lucky to live where we do.” By savoring what we have all around us it helps us to appreciate what we have even more.
By being grateful I can savor the best things in life. Being out in nature more – appreciate all it’s beauty.
Be in the now with gratitude helps to savor them more.
During a few stages of my life, some of them years long, I have lived ‘off the grid’ so-to-speak. Once in a third world country, and then here while living in intentional communities. By that I mean outside of the consumer economy. Not that it is better or even admirable to live that way, as much as it is in a sense, revealing how much of our experience day-to-day is monetized. Escaping that even for a few hours (on a hike out of cell range) rewards in a sense of freedom from that dependence. It’s invigorating like a cold shower. Savoring it is recognizing that this invitation to materialistic silence is a friend. And comes in assorted flavors: power outages, long freight trains at rail crossings, forgetting to bring my headphones on a walk…all ways silence ambushes my otherwise crowded agenda and curls up on my lap like a cat demanding attention.
You are a poet,
Howie, I would love to copy and use your words here as both an individual word of meditation, but maybe even a word of reflection in part of a sermon.
Nature is my companion,
Love is my companion,
Light is my companion,
Friends are my companions,
All for free, and I do savor Them very much. 💛☀️🌻
then there are the beautifull smiles, gestures, kindnesses……..🤗
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