Here’s the most delicious way to practice mindfulness: Immerse yourself in the chocolate-eating experience.
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Mindfulness is all about being present and in the moment, so why not focus on feel-good food chocolate? Kellie Edwards describes the process on World of Psychology. Here’s a glimpse:
Next bring your attention to the chocolate in your hand. Notice the weight of the chocolate and its texture. Is it warm, cool, soft, hard? Notice any urges you feel to gobble it up, but gently bring your attention back to the sensation of the chocolate in your hand. If they are closed, open your eyes and look at the piece of chocolate in your hand. Notice its shape and colour, and any responses you have.
Now smell the chocolate. Slowly bring it to your nose, noticing when the chocolatey scent first connects with your senses. When it does, just sit for a moment appreciating the aroma. It might be mixing with other smells that you hadn’t previously noticed. It might have a stronger scent than you expected. The urge to gobble it may be even greater. Notice these things and enjoy the feeling of sitting comfortably, taking in the smell of the chocolate.
Eventually, you’ll eat the chocolate, of course, but with full awareness of each bite.
It doesn’t have to be chocolate. Any food can help you practice — and we should be eating more mindfully at every meal anyway.
You don’t need an excuse to have some chocolate, but now you have one.
Practicing Mindfulness with Chocolate [World of Psychology]