Intentional Chocolate is a conscious company making amazing chocolates that are blessed by master meditators - some who have trained with the Dalai Lama - to hold the following intention: “Whoever consumes this chocolate will manifest optimal health in body and mind. Whoever consumes this chocolate will experience an increased sense of energy and well-being." They started making these chocolates in 2007 and clinical evidence has shown that those who ate one serving per day experienced decreased stress, increased energy, greater calmness, enhanced focus, and better general well-being. I'm not kidding! Evidence validating the power of intention is strong, so consider giving a conscious gift of delicious good wishes to a loved one on this Valentine's Day (or any day!); bless them with some Intentional Chocolate!
At the risk of sounding like a self help guru, I'll ask anyway... How much do you love yourself? Seriously, do your actions on a day to day basis benefit you and those around you? Do you work in a field that feeds your soul? Do you have relationships in your life that fulfill you and make you your best you? Does the food you put into your body make your body give back all it can in the form of energy? Is there a hobby that you've always wanted try but just never did for whatever reason? Did you create art in the past and "just don't" anymore? Maybe it's time to start again. Self love is about taking care of all areas of your life so that you reap the rewards in the form of true wellness.
It's important that we contemplate the state of our bodies, careers, relationships, and spirituality, and find ways to cut out negative actions and thoughts to replace them with beneficial ones. If you sit home and dwell on a flabby belly, wouldn't doing some simple ab exercises make you feel a whole lot better? Feeling creative, but stuck in a regimented business world? Design your own business cards or carry a camera around and take pictures of nature on your way home from work. If you're feeling no spiritual connection, buy a book on world religions or spirituality to help you find a practice that you might resonate with... read it at lunch, bedtime, or buy it on CD and listen to it in your car. If you're a busy parent and feel that you never get time to pamper yourself, might a nice bubble bath and a good book or songs on an mp3 player at bed time feed your soul more than doing the laundry or watching television? Or, maybe a massage from a professional would do you a world of good... or maybe a massage from a lover? Schedule "me" time into your life. Just do it... and don't you dare feel bad about it! "I don't have time" is a statement of illusion and choice. There's no reason why blocks of time on your calendar shouldn't be dedicated to your health and happiness. After all, how you feel affects all those around you, too! Think of at least one thing you can do for yourself per week, write it down, and then do it! If you're feeling stagnant, contact your local health coach (that's me)!