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SAVOUR THE MOMENT


“Knowing” is more than just head knowing. It can be a deep soul and body knowing that transforms how you live in this world. …take time to recognise the presence of the Holy in your everyday life …contemplate and savour those moments. These graced moments can transform you, body, soul, mind and spirit. By reflecting on them again and again you realise the presence of God in your daily life and receive guidance to become wholly yourself, truly alive.


- Stephen Murphy – training in spiritual companioning / direction, spiritual care (hospital and long-term (PCH) chaplaincy) and present employment as Co-Minister of Pastoral and Spiritual Care at Grace Bible Church.


Call to mind a time when you were so present to the moment, to the sheer grace of things, maybe watching a child giggle with delight or your dog romp playfully in a field. And then perhaps, the thoughts broke in. The ones which seem to wield only criticism and dissatisfaction. Maybe you remember the items still languishing on your “to do” list back at home and you felt an anxious dread. Contemplative practice cultivates our awareness of this pattern, so that we might be able to change it. So that when moments come to visit us, we find ourselves savoring and basking in wonder rather than reaching for what is next.


- Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, is the online Abbess at                                       a virtual monastery and community for contemplative practice and creative expression. She is the author of 7 books on art and monasticism, including her latest, Eyes of the Heart:

Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice (Ave Maria Press).



Without belittling the validity of finding rational arguments for questions such as ‘Does God exist?’, Ignatian spirituality invites for a deeper exploration of the relationship with God and indeed with the whole of life. The emphasis of Ignatian spirituality on the awareness of God’s presence in the everyday incidents -‘Godincidents’-opens up a window onto how God ‘intervenes’ in one’s life history. It also invites one to relate to the world in a different manner: not one which demands scientific proof but that certain ‘knowing’ which is intuitive, mystical and stems out of the spiritual reality.

- Christine Rossi Pastoral Ministry Chaplaincy -University of Malta


http://www.sjweb.info/documents/cis/pdfenglish/200811703en.pdf


Living each day and each moment fully is probably the nearest we humans can come to approaching that state of wonder and awe called spirituality, – not letting springtime pass without noticing the greening of the earth, the blossoming of flowers, the return of singing birds; not letting the day end without noticing the sunset or the moon rise or the glory of the stars; not missing the little graces in the people around us, such as kindness, generosity, courtesy, smiles, the sharing of their interests and experiences. - Poetry, more than anything, inspires me to savour the moment, to feel more deeply the significance and power of common things


- Goldwin Emerson – professor emeritus with the faculty of education at the University of Western Ontario


Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Savour the moment, whether you are on the train, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.’



- Five Ways to Well-being are a set of evidence-based actions which promote people’s wellbeing. They are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. These activities are simple things individuals can do in their everyday lives.



Martin Seligman suggests that learning to ‘savour’ moments can be a key to significantly improving happiness. Often we have good things happen and don’t pay much attention. Take some time to savour something good that happens. Notice how you respond in your body and what you liked best about it. How did you feel? Stay in the moment with it, rather than jump off on other thoughts.


- UniThrive is a website designed by the Counselling and Disability Services team with the aim of helping students at the University of Adelaide ‘thrive’ using the principles and ideas offered by Positive Psychology.                              


(HOME – THRIVE – POSITIVE EMOTIONS- TOP TIPS – SAVOUR THE MOMENT)

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