I’ve been reading Mindfulness in Plain English and learning that one can achieve mindfulness by practicing vipassana meditation. The trick is to learn to focus one’s mind on the present moment by paying attention to one’s breath.
There is, according to an article at the Psychology Today website, published on Mindfulness Day, a more palatable option. How about learning to focus on the present by eating a chocolate?
As the name of the article, The Chocolate Meditation – Perfect for Mindfulness Day, suggests, one can do a chocolate meditation. Here is how to do it:
“Choose some chocolate - either a type that you've never tried before or one that you have not eaten recently. It might be dark and flavoursome, organic or fair-trade or, perhaps, cheap and trashy. The important thing is to choose a type you wouldn't normally eat or that you consume only rarely. Here goes:
• 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 it's possible to hold it on your tongue and let it melt, noticing any tendency to suck at it. Chocolate has over 300 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 one other piece.”
A quite delicious option, eh?