Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Chocolate that Gives Love

I'm getting chocolates for Valentine's Day. Valentine Raspberry Hearts. Usually I get Godiva, but this year I'm trying something new. Chocolate that really does improve focus and well being. I've been a fan of chocolate for years, ever since puberty probably, but never knew why. I've never been big on sweets, but chocolate....there's just something different about it.

I can go for weeks without thinking about chocolate, and then, suddenly, it's all I can think about. I figure my body knows what it needs, even if I don't, so I always keep plenty of chocolate handy, for when the cravings come. I thought I might be craving magnesium. Turns out it's something in the cocoa. I didn't know until today that chocolate was considered the Food of the Gods. I mean, I've always considered it that...see my biscotti experience on the cruise (previous post) and what that did for my well-being. (And now that I think about it, my sudden craving for chocolate on the ship was right on time with my hormonal cycle, too.)

But I didn't know so many others considered chocolate so highly. So imagine my delight when I found this site about chocolate that gives love.

Intentional Chocolate is embedded with good intentions from Tibetan Buddhist Monks. It has been tested against non-enhanced chocolate, to show that it increases well-being. If you eat it yourself, you will feel better. If you give it to someone else, they will feel better. If you just buy it (not even eat it) you donate money to good causes and spread love in the world. They donate 50% of net profits and 10% of proceeds to non-profit organizations.

I lifted the following off the Intentional Chocolate Site for more information:

Chocolate and Intention Research

Positive intention is a thought, a prayer, or a blessing. Positive intention is also an offering to the world at large or to a friend in need and can come from the pure desire to help another. There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that intention invokes measurable power and energy that can manifest across space and time. Researchers all around the world, such as those at Princeton, Harvard and the Max Planck Institute, are studying the power of intention.

The blessing of food with an intention has long been practiced within spiritual traditions and sacred ceremonies. These practices place certain energy into the food that is then offered back to benefit individuals and the community. At Intentional Chocolate™ we not only provide a product that can be gifted as a positive intention to another person, but we strive to lead intentional and purposeful lives. By paying attention to the effect we have on the whole through our decisions and actions we attempt to “do no harm and benefit others.” As we move throughout our day, we hold in our minds the desire to be in service to the “we.” We know that holding this desire is not easy. In our chaotic world filled with so many distractions and stress, people are yearning to return to simple values and meaningful relationships based on love and respect. The busier our lives become, the harder it can be to focus on positive intentions and to stick to them.

Holy Cocoa

Some have asked us, “Why chocolate?” For thousands of years humanity has intuitively appreciated chocolate’s power, turning to it for sustenance, to express emotions and to draw others near. Known by the ancient Aztec as a gift from Quetzalcoatl the god of air, light, and life, the cacao tree has long been revered for its mystical and healing energies. The botanical name for chocolate – the obramba cacao – literally means “food of the Gods”.

Not surprisingly, modern research is now confirming cacao’s many healing effects – its role in increasing antioxidants, decreasing the likelihood of cancer and heart disease, enhancing the immune system, lowering blood pressure and its ability to boost moods! It seemed a natural match to infuse the good intentions of optimal health and well-being into a food that already has positive energetic and even mystical properties.

With our secret ingredient (intention), Intentional Chocolate™ allows you to deliver the actual clear and simple intention of “Thank you,” “I love you” or “Be Well” through something that everyone enjoys. When you purchase Intentional Chocolate™ to send to a friend or loved one, not only do you get the intention for well-being embedded by experienced meditators, but you also can send your own intention. You may be surprised at the powerful impact this gift can have on those to whom it is given.

Intentional Chocolate™ and its research partner, the HESA Institute (http://www.hesainstitute.org/) are leaders in the revolutionary new field of intentional nutrition proving that intention embedded into food can positively affect those who consume it. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study that was published in the scientific peer-reviewed journal, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing (October 2007), it was found that one ounce of Intentional Chocolate™ per day for three days increased subjects’ well-being, vigor and energy by an average of 67 percent and, in some cases, up to 1,000 percent, when compared to a control group.

The study showed [that benefits included]

Decreased stress
Increased energy
Less fatigue
Greater calmness
Enhanced focus
Improved general well-being

So here's your chance to make everyone your Valentine.

Enjoy :)

2 comments:

Terry Odell said...

Hmmm... the only secret I have from hubby is where I keep the chocolate. Not that I don't share (once in a while). But it's for me to decide what he gets and when out of my special stash.

And chocolate & raspberries is the perfect combo.

Sheryl said...

One ounce a day isn't much, is it? I could cope with that. Sluuuurp. Actually, I just stuffed my face with some choccies left over from Christmas. It wasn't "intentional" but I sure gave myself an energy boost!
xx