I inhale chocolate which is why I eat dark chocolate, it slows me down a bit. I inhale tea, mostly because by the time I remember it, or find it, it is lukewarm. I inhale books, and move on to the next one. I started keeping a “common book” where I write quotes and ideas from the book to try and savor it a bit and digest it.
I am trying to slow myself down. At the end of 2018 I found myself realizing how much I inhale, and how I gotten away from savoring, and processing like I should. I began re-reading books, which I very rarely do because there are so many good books waiting to be read. I try to mix challenging books with the fast paced reads to slow myself down. I started adding hot water to my tea when it was lukewarm and stop to drink it. (Warm tea is so much better). I stopped buying chocolate for awhile, and made myself more conscious of eating it.
Savoring, I am realizing how fast I move and how many moments I miss. I am realizing how intentional I need to be to fully savor life all its components. Sometimes I get so utilitarian in my actions. I eat to stay alive, inhale. I read my Bible because I know I need it, inhale. I make the phone call or have the conversation, inhale. By exhaling and sitting and savoring each moment, it gives it meaning and connection with my soul, with God, and with the soul of another.
When I am rushing through life I end up missing it even though it would seem I am doing a lot, and being part of a lot. It is missed. Trying to heed the wise words of Ann Voskamp, “when I fully enter time’s swift current, enter into the current moment with the weight of all my attention, I slow the torrent with the weight of me all here.”
So I slow down and exhale. Inhale …. Exhale….slowing myself down, choosing to savor the moments, choosing to see all the people in that moment, choosing to hear what is being said, and what is not being said, choosing to savor that God has chosen for me to be alive in this moment, and for me to be fully present, and not miss such a time as this.