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What happens if we stop, relax, breathe and eat chocolate more mindfully? Will it change the way we buy and see chocolate, or will it change the way we feel or eat it? Or will we just be frustrated and wish we’d managed to devour the bar in one sitting?! This short meditation is really useful for having a deeper look at what chocolate means to you. It will take around 5 to 7 minutes.
Keep an open mind and allow yourself to be delightfully curious as your thoughts, feelings and sensations arise and pass away. This activity is great to do with a friend or group of friends as one of you reads the instructions the others can participate.
Step 1) Purchase some chocolate.
Step 2) Set aside time to participate in this meditation.
Step 3) With your eyes open look at the packaging, what does it symbolise to you? Where did the chocolate come from? What does this mean to you? What are the ingredients? How does this make you feel? There are no right or wrong answers to this. It is about awareness.
Step 4) Unwrap the chocolate and break off one piece. Close your eyes.
Step 5) Smell the chocolate. What does it smell of? Does it trigger any other sensation?
Step 6) Place the chocolate in your mouth and allow it to rest on your tongue (try not to gobble it up here!). Allow it to melt gently. While it is melting, what do you taste? Where do you taste it? Is it on one part of your tongue or throughout your mouth? How does it feel on your cheeks, your teeth, your lips?
Step 7) Can you still smell anything? Has it changed and if so how?
Step 8) As the chocolate is melting and you start to swallow, notice how you feel?
Step 9) As the chocolate moves down your throat and leaves your mouth, how do you feel now? How do you feel physically? How do you feel emotionally?
Step 10) Is the taste lingering and if so, what is happening physically and or emotionally?
Take a few minutes to contemplate what you experienced through this meditation.