We often use meal times as a way to reconnect with family and friends but eating on your own can also be a great way to practice mindfulness. I spend so much time with Small and we’re always chattering to each other. I wanted to find an activity to help us to incorporate a bit of quite reflection into our day. A chocolate meditation seemed like the perfect first step! 

What you’ll need

  • Chocolate



  1. Look at the chocolate
  2. Smell the chocolate
  3. Put the chocolate in your mouth
  4. Try not to eat it!
  5. EAT IT!


Chocolate is a great activity for developing thinking skills. This includes concentrating, noticing, sensing and self regulation.

With this task I’m also hoping to build on our ability to spend time alone. I agree with my health visitor, family meals and conversation are very important. I also think that enjoying time by yourself is an essential part of life. One of my favourite poems is How To Be Alone by Andrea Dorfman.

You’re no less intriguing a person when you’re eating solo dessert
and cleaning the whipped cream from the dish with your finger;
in fact, some people at full tables will wish they were where you were.

I think some of my best food memories are from when I am eating alone and it can be a daily mini meditation if you want it to be.

While Small is alone mindfully and quietly eating his breakfast I can be alone mindfully doing the washing up. I won’t feel guilty. I don’t need to fill each minute with talk and conversation and activities. I do too much of that. Sometimes what we need to do is untwine and practice being alone and quite.


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