Sweet reasons to clear the head
Meditating using chocolate is a sweet way to experience bliss.
Kew East [Victoria, Australia] author Janet Etty-Leal has been using chocolate mindfulness meditation to help teach children awareness and relaxation techniques.
“They come to their senses, they feel it, smell it, taste the flavours and notice all the sensations,” Etty-Leal, 55, said.
Etty-Leal uses novel props, visual aids and games to help children master their minds.
“We don’t just sit or lie down, we do walking meditation, feeling fabrics under our feet,” she said.
“If you’re going to teach it in a dull and serious way, you’re not going to capture their hearts and imagination. When you make it fun and use things they’re not expecting, then they become still and focus.”
Etty-Leal said meditation was helpful for students, including children with ADD, aspergers and hyperactivity. She has written Meditation Capsules: A Mindfulness Program for Children to help adults who want to teach children the skills of mindful meditation.