In our modern world of instant gratification, we no longer take the time to savor life. We rush through it minute by minute. We no longer go deeply into the experience, only superficially, on an information only level.
The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines savor as, "To have experience of", and "a distinctive quality." I believe the Ancient Celts savored life fully. They had direct experience of life, land and nature around them, both seen and unseen. They immersed themselves into the experience of the Otherworld, acknowledging its presence and power in their daily lives. They did not separate themselves from the experience of all life around them. They lived it fully.
One of the first recorded poems of the Celts has the theme of All is One:
I am the wind which breathes upon the sea
I am the wave of the ocean
I am the murmur of the billows
I am the ox of the seven combats
I am the vulture upon the rocks
I am a beam of the sun
I am the fairest of plants
I am the wild boar in valour
I am the salmon in the water
I am a lake in the plain
I am a world of knowledge
I am the point of the lance of battle
I am the God who created the fire in the head.
By Amairgen (Ed. P. Murray)
When I go on my daily walk, (I am very fortunate to have a beautiful area to walk in Northern MN where nature and her animals are plenty), there is a special marshy area that pulls me to it. I feel it in my body and I experience its dampness and yet the lushness of the growing reeds and marsh flowers and bird and water life within it. I savor the marsh energy. I savor its "marshiness". I am one with it, and know of its beauty and life. It fills me full of its life.
We have a saying, "Stop and smell the roses", which translates to slow down and take time to enjoy the beauty of life, to savor life. We don't have quotes that tell us to get all the information we can about roses (which is what we do now with our rapid info technology). Getting information only, does not give you experience of the fragrance of the rose. Get out into nature. Take time to savor the roses around you. Take time to savor the land that holds your life and all of nature's beauty around you. Savor every moment of your spectacular life.
Savory Blessings to you this day,