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Confessions of a Chi Addict: Articles by Zayne

Chapter excerpts from Confessions of a Chi Addict  by Zayne Marston 

Savoring the Miracle

By Zayne Marston, “Confessions of a Chi Addict” Wisdom Magazine 2002

As a child I was told to chew my food thoroughly. Aside from an act of self-preservation (preventing me from choking to death), it took me years to fully appreciate the deeper wisdom of these words—and that is to savor. Webster’s dictionary defines savoring as an act of “tasting or smelling with relish; to take delight in,” or as an “ability to stimulate or excite.” Devoid of savoring, eating would be reduced to a gross act of food delivery to the belly—a mechanical effort to quell the voice of hunger or numb an emotion. However, savoring is not confined to just the dinner table. Rather its application should permeate through out the entire miracle called life. 

I can’t imagine life without savoring because it colors a potentially black and white existence by enriching our life experience with pleasure, delight, joy, satisfaction, presence, heightened senses and expanded consciousness. After all, aren’t we here on earth to be fully alive as we explore the realm of the senses in physical form?

Lack of savoring dulls my earthly experience. I must confess how often I have succumbed to that hurried undertow of life—wolfing down dinner, dashing to the store, speeding through my daily exercises, forgetting to smell the roses—the list goes on and on. In the wake of this insensitivity I am left feeling empty, numb, and flat—like being in a body without nerves or recall. 

Fortunately energy cultivation is teaching me the gift and power of savoring when I apply it to the slow, gentle meditative movements of Tai Chi and chi gong. I am discovering how much it enhances the quality of chi, our vital life energy, which is absorbed, balanced, circulated and stored in the body. How does this happen?

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Savoring the Miracle

By Zayne Marston

As a child I was told to chew my food thoroughly. Aside from an act of self-preservation (preventing me from choking to death), it took me years to fully appreciate the deeper wisdom of these words—and that is to savor.
Webster’s dictionary defines savoring as an act of “tasting or smelling with relish; to take delight in,” or as an “ability to stimulate or excite.” Devoid of savoring, eating would be reduced to a gross act of food delivery to the belly—a mechanical effort to quell the voice of hunger or numb an emotion. However, savoring is not confined to just the dinner table. Rather its application should permeate throughout the entire miracle called life.

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