One of my November goals is to read a book on the subject of Mindfulness and today I’ve made a start. Fresh from Amazon, ‘Mindfulness (a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world)’ Mark Williams and Danny Penman arrived in the post.
Once I’ve read the book I’ll post a review in the Book Club section of fit foot but in the meantime this quick meditation exercise caught my eye. It involves chocolate 🙂 but I’m feeling fine about this as each evening I allow myself two squares of good quality dark chocolate.
The Chocolate Meditation
Choose some chocolate – either a type you’ve never tried before or one that you have not eaten recently (I’ve gone for a flavour I haven’t had in a while, mint intense). It might be dark and flavoursome, organic or fair-trade or whatever you choose. The important thing is to choose a type you wouldn’t normally eat or that you consume rarely.
Open the packet. Inhale the aroma. Let it sweep over you.
Break off a piece and look at it. Really let your eyes drink in what it looks like, examining every nook and cranny.
Pop it in your mouth. See if its possible to hold it on your tongue and let it melt, noticing any tendency to suck at it. Chocolate has over three hundred different flavours. See if you can sense some of them.
If you notice your mind wandering while you do this, simply notice where it went, then gently escort it back to the present moment.
After the chocolate has completely melted, swallow it very slowly and deliberately. Let it trickle down your throat.
Repeat this with the next piece (note to self only eat two pieces!)
Right I’m off to give this a go! The TV is going off as is the computer and when I return I’ll answer the questions posed at the end of the meditation:-
How do you feel? A bit odd to be honest! I really wanted to speed the process up as it felt a bit forced, but I recognise this is because even though I think I savour my dark chocolate I’m still eating it very quickly in relation to this exercise. The meditation is surprisingly challenging, especially the letting it melt on your tongue bit!!
Is it different from normal? Well yes, it was certainly a slower experience but by the second piece that didn’t feel so weird. I was aware of my thoughts wandering all over the place but I was able to eventually reign them in a bit!
Did the chocolate taste better than if you’d just eaten it at a normal breakneck pace? The chocolate tasted different to normal. I could really feel the texture as it melted (velvety and smooth) and the flavours were more intense, almost multi layered.
Well I’m hopeful that if I can meditate with chocolate and it’s only page 55 there might be something ‘mindful’ with Gin and Tonic a little later! I’ll keep you posted 😉