One amazingly powerful tool that can help us continue to grow and strengthen our potential for authentic happiness, is simply noticing significant moments of beauty and identifying the feeling of joy in our bodies.
Significant moments of beauty take place and can be experienced anytime, anywhere. It may be something incredibly gorgeous in nature, on a minute or grand scale. It may be an interaction between yourself and another person or an animal companion. It may be that you are witness to a sweet and tender interaction between others. It could be experiencing art in multiple forms, something that just takes your breath away; a design element, a painting, a song, a theatre or dance performance, a juicy quote...
Other opportunities to connect with a significant moment of beauty may be spending time on a particular ritual in your day that you cherish, or recognizing an object that brings you joy simply because it is esthetically delightful, or because it holds memories and sentimental value.
Significant moments of beauty can bring tears to our eyes and can bring us that glow that comes with experiencing joy, pure joy.
The amazing thing about noticing, is the more you notice, the more you notice. The key is about developing your awareness of being present to the moment, of actually seeing, hearing, tasting, sensing, feeling what is occurring NOW. Experiencing pleasure in what is before us now.
It is necessary to make a daily practice of noticing beauty in order to live our lives more open to receiving, with our faces toward the light.
What does all this have to do with emotional eating? The more we can feel happiness, joy, and gratitude for that which we do have as our daily experience, the less we will be driven to compulsively overeat. The experience of being aware is the opposite of numbing and abandoning oneself. When you’re checked in, there simply isn’t as much need to check out.
Invite awareness, notice, notice...