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Chocolate Meditation

Chocolate Meditation Vidya Sury

What better way to welcome 2016 in the Mindful Mondays series than with chocolate? Yes, you’re welcome.

So I bring you, *drumroll*

Chocolate Meditation

I am serious. Look, here is the thing. Mindfulness is all about appreciating every little thing and living in the moment, being present. It includes mindful eating.

Chocolate is nature’s way of making up for Mondays – Anonymous

Wherever you look these days, especially if you’ve got “health goals”, you can’t help but notice the never ending “eat this, not that” lists. But in spite of reading labels sincerely, following all kinds of rules, and eating right, weight management is still the Holy Grail for some of us. Have you wondered why?

Apparently there’s more to eating right than just nutrition. It also matters how you eat.

So how do we eat right? Through mindful eating. When we eat mindfully, we appreciate each morsel of food.

I came across chocolate meditation in the book Mindfulness by Mark Williams, where he offers a step by step ritual to experience the pure joy of mindful eating.

Now, I am sure chocolate is a vital part of your life. No, I won’t believe you if you deny it.

Why, even I, with type 2 diabetes, occasionally crave a bit of dark chocolate, which I am told is perfectly fine.

So – along with huggingsmiling and sitting meditation, let’s practice Chocolate Meditation via mindful eating.
Simply because chocolate meditation takes mindful eating several levels higher! Isn’t that good news? Also,

Chocolate is cheaper than therapy and you don’t need an appointment – Catherine Aitken

Chocolate Meditation Vidya Sury

Here’s how to practice it

What you need:

  • A slab of chocolate
  • Intention

Pick a chocolate of your choice. Whether it is dark, flavured, sugar-free or whatever, make sure it is something you haven’t eaten recently and, something you generally wouldn’t pick.

Armed with the chocolate, follow these steps:

  • Open the pack
  • Bring it close enough to inhale the wonderful aroma
  • Lose yourself in it
  • Now, break off a piece
  • Look at it
  • Get an eyeful of that treat
  • Observe what it looks like
  • Examine everything about it
  • Imagine its texture and taste
  • Gently place it in your mouth
  • Hold it on your tongue, letting it melt slowly
  • Are you sucking at it?
  • Are you letting it melt naturally?
  • Chocolate is supposed to have over 300 flavors. How many can you sense?
  • Is your mind now wandering as you do this? Pay attention to where it goes and gently steer it back to the present moment
  • When the chocolate completely melts, swallow slowly, consciously, deliberately. Allow it to trickle down your throat
  • Pop the next piece of chocolate in your mouth
  • Repeat
  • Okay, a third piece
  • Repeat

How does it feel? How did you feel?

Was it different from normal?

Did the chocolate taste better this time?

Chocolate Meditation Vidya Sury

Eating mindfully makes everything taste better. Including Life. Especially these days, when everyone is in a rush and living “on the go”, “grabbing a bite” and later, not at all sure if they had lunch, and if they are, can’t remember what they ate!

And you have to agree that chocolate definitely improves life. So why not combine it with meditation?

Here are three ways to practice mindful eating:

  • Switch off your TV. You’ll eat less
  • Use your non-dominant hand. If you’re right handed, use your left. If you’re left-handed, use your right. Helps you focus.
  • Enjoy three bites – the first, the mid-meal and the last bite to help you tune in to how your body is enjoying the food.

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5 Comments

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    Shailaja
    January 18, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    You had me at chocolate 😉 Then again I doubt I could exercise that level of self-control if I had my hands on a piece of chocolate. I am practising mindfulness though, in every waking moment. That and being connected within more than with the outer world on a conscious basis is helping tremendously. Trust you to come up with chocolate meditation, you sweet thing. Hope you’re feeling better. Hugs 🙂
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    Beloo Mehra
    January 19, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Just reading this post is a meditation in itself 🙂 Will definitely try this mindful chocolate meditation tonight!
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    Rajlakshmi
    January 20, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    I eat my chocolates exactly like that and even make that mmmmm sound at the end 😀 No wonder people know I am crazy about food. But then I am also very picky when it comes to sweets.
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    Debbie D.
    January 20, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    What a delectable post! 🙂 I will definitely try this next time there’s chocolate in the house. (It’s been banished temporarily – trying to lose the holiday pounds!) Your advice about mindful eating, in general, is most helpful. Thanks, Vidya!
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    Birgit
    January 21, 2016 at 1:38 am

    This is very tough for me because I am a fast eater. I have tried this and continue to do so with my food but I still gobble…enjoy gobbling…but gobble:) I could never be my brother who relishes his food and is slow-drives me nuts. As for chocolate….it is from the Gods. I had a piece today (well, 2) and boy did I savour it and let it slide down my throat-yum yum
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