by The Chocolate Dictionary
Using chocolates as an aid to self-knowledge, or using chocolates as an aid to meditation. An exercise to steer the mind towards inner calm, taught at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, gives one example of how chocotation works. A chocolate is first unwrapped, and while the eyes are closed the aroma is inhaled deeply and thoughtfully. Then, after the eyes are opened the chocolate is reflected upon, before being eaten slowly and with deliberation. In this quiet pocket of space 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 blissfully, than it would have done otherwise.
Another kind of chocotation, popular with women, involves a more Bridget Jones style of meditation. First, one gets in the mood with a bubble bath and a chilled glass of good champagne. Then one dries off, puts on some gorgeous 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 starts on the contents of a ballotin of Neuhaus pralines, or similar, and, as one holds the dance of tastes, aromas, shapes and associations together, whatever it is, is allowed to happen, then – whoosh! – one suddenly realises that chocolates probably are the answer to all life’s problems.