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
- Look at the chocolate
- Smell the chocolate
- Put the chocolate in your mouth
- Try not to eat it!
- 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.