by The Chocolate Dictionary
Chocotation is the use of chocolates as an aid to self-knowledge. One example of how chocotation works is this exercise taught at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. A chocolate is first unwrapped, and while the eyes are closed the aroma is inhaled deeply and thoughtfully. When the eyes are opened the chocolate is reflected upon, before being eaten slowly with deliberation. In this quiet pocket calm the world is allowed to slow down. Something usually rushed now becomes a pleasurable experience – the chocolate lasts in the memory for longer, with more meaning, and perhaps more enjoyment, than it would have done before.
Another example of chocotation, involves a more Bridget Jones style of meditation, and is frequently enjoyed by women who want to unwind. First, one gets in the mood by soaking in a fragrant bubble bath with glass of champagne. After this, one puts on some nice lingerie and lies on the bed. Outside, it’s probably a cold night, but indoors the heating is on full and the room is warm and cosy. One opens a ballotin of Neuhaus pralines, or similar, and, while one holds the dance of tastes, aromas, shapes and associations together, whatever it is, is allowed to happen. Suddenly, if one is lucky, there’s a whoosh! in the mind and one realises that chocolates really are the answer to life’s problems!