This should take around 3-4 minutes.
You will need small bars of chocolate.
Please read each instruction one at a time before moving on to the next stage
Approach the exercise with an open mind and a gentle curiosity.
There are no rights or wrongs, just individual experiences.
- Consider the wrapped chocolate
- Does the wrapper make a sound? What colour is it? What does it say? Where did it come from?
- Open the chocolate, slowly –
- Do you feel a sense of anticipation, or an urge to immediately put the chocolate in your mouth? What physical sensations do you have? What emotions are you feeling? Just note them.
- Look at the chocolate
- Consider its texture, colour, weight…
- Smell the chocolate – does the smell trigger any other senses?
- Where do you feel your sense of smell?
- Place the chocolate in your mouth but don’t eat it
- How does it feel as it melts?
- Where in your mouth can you taste it?
- What is the consistency?
- What is happening with your mouth, teeth, tongue, and lips as it melts?
- Move the chocolate around your mouth
- Does the area of taste change?
- Does the taste itself change?
- What is happening to the chocolate?
- How do you feel?
- Swallow the chocolate, focusing on the sensation.
- Is there a lingering taste?
- How do you feel physically and emotionally?
- Take a little while to consider the experience.
- Now continue to the conclusion…
Mindfulness and the Art of Chocolate Eating!
- How was this different from your general chocolate-eating experiences?
- More intense? Frustrating? More pleasurable?
- Were you more aware of your emotions during the exercise?
- Would this change your future experience of eating chocolate?