Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
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TASTE ~ Savoring the Moments
My July monthly symbolism word is TASTE.
January’s monthly symbolism. –> Refine ~ A Process for Purification
February’s monthly symbolism. –> Movement ~ A Journey towards Center
March’s monthly symbolism. –> Imagine ~ Child Play for Adult Work
April’s monthly symbolism. –> Steady ~ Not Easily Shaken or Stirred
May’s monthly symbolism –> Lost ~ To Come to Be Without
June’s monthly symbolism –> Memory – Recalling the Impacts
I love the act of tasting something or someone. I love when what I consume has textures, colors and scents that enhance the experience of it on my tongue. Last month, I began my weekly pick ups for my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). One of the things I LOVE about it, among many, is how flavorful the food is. It’s fresh, local, organic, natural and in season. Have you ever tasted FRESH garlic before? It is unlike ANYTHING you’re purchased at a grocery store. Try tasting it right after its been picked; it is a completely different experience.
There is also the tasting of people. To taste someone is something else altogether. It is a heightened experience that leaves me begging for more. To taste their lips and tongue. To taste their skin. It leaves me intoxicated.
A few [partial] definitions of TASTE that I came across.
1. To test the quality by taking some into the mouth.
2. The sense by which the flavor or savor of things is perceived when they are brought into contact with the tongue.
3. The sensation as perceived by this sense.
4. A brief experience of something.
5. A sensation obtained from a substance in the mouth that is typically produced by the stimulation of the sense of taste combined with those of touch and smell
A few other words come to mind when dwelling on TASTE.
Savor. Appetite. Nibble. Flavor. Yummy. Delicacy. Partake
I love the definitions of this word. It leaves me wanting more. I want to taste everything. I want to take it all in. To taste an experience is to take the time to slow down. There is no hurry. No need to rush. Acknowledge what’s in front of you with your sight. Explore it with your hands. Inhale its intoxicating allure. Listen to its siren call bidding you closer. And after this, take your sweet, delicious time and taste every morsel. Whether this is food, your lover or life itself. Delight in the moment and taste every bite.
That is my focus this month. To delight in all the moments. To taste the flavor of every experience from my meals to my dances to whatever else comes my way. I’m going to taste every encounter and enjoy it all.
What was the last experience you tasted? Literally? Metaphorically? Emotionally? Spiritually? Sensually?
Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you. ~ Henry J. Kaiser
One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection. ~ Anais Nin
Of what is it to comprehend life’s nature and life’s meaning if you have never tasted it? I’d rather you ate your pudding than speculated on it. ~ via Tasting Life
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