In celebration of World Chocolate Day 2016, here’s our tasty five-step guide to the latest mindfulness craze – chocolate meditation
You will need:
- A bar of chocolate
- A quiet, calm space to sit on the floor
Sit crossed legged on the floor and close your eyes. Before you pick up the chocolate, take a couple of deep breaths through your nose and out through your mouth. Focus on your breath and allow your body and mind to settle a little. Mentally rid yourself of any stresses or thoughts you have in that moment.
Open your eyes and take a moment to appreciate the chocolate you are about to eat. Where has it come from? What is in it? Try and imagine the different ingredients in their natural growing environment and even the types of people who might have grown the cocoa beans.
Before you place a square in your mouth, take a moment to note any feelings of impatience you may have. Try to overcome the impulse to eat it as quickly as possible. Notice if there are feelings of pleasure and excitement, or feelings of guilt and unease.
Slowly unwrap the bar and take it in with your senses. Spend a few moments experiencing the aroma, and cradle it in your hands – is it rough, smooth?
By now you’ll be more than ready to taste it. Pop a piece in your mouth, but try to resist chewing. Notice how it feels in your mouth – take in the temperature and the texture. Also become aware of the taste – whether it’s sweet, bitter or creamy. Try to allow the chocolate to melt in your mouth slowly by gently moving it around with your tongue. Close your eyes, relax and enjoy the moment.
Don’t forget to pick up your August issue of Soul & Spirit magazine for more information on chocolate meditation. On sale 15 July 2016.