The studies on Intention and Oolong tea!

Back in 2007 we conducted a double blind science experiment with Ions and Deer Park Monestary to see if embedding chocolate with intentions of experienced meditators proved to increased well-being. When we got the results back that embedded chocolate actually increased the well-being 67% we then published the article in Explore magazine.

Recently Explore magazine, Nov/Dec ’13, published an article by Dean Radin, PhD & Yung-Jong Shiah, PhD who conducted a similar study with the affects of intention and belief on mood while drinking oolong tea. The test was conducted over the course of one week and used to see if they could reduce mood fluctuations of the 189 participants in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, that are caused by changes in local weather and other common influences.

Every night the volunteers, for the full week, would record their mood using the Profile of Mood States (POMS) questionnaire.  As double blind studies go – One randomly assigned group blindly received tea that had been intentionally treated by three Buddhist monks; the other group blindly received untreated tea from the same source.

The conclusion? Well, the Tea treated with good intentions improved mood more than ordinary tea derived from the same source. What’s even more interesting is that the belief that one was drinking treated tea produced a large improvement in mood, but only if one was actually drinking the treated tea. This showcases that belief and intentional enhancement interact and that the esthetic and intentional qualities associated with the traditional tea ceremony may have subtle influences that extend beyond the ritual itself.
So drink up! We have bags of Intentional Oolong Tea waiting for you! And today and tomorrow only get 20% off all tea with code ICTEA at check out.29135 IC Tea 7oz
For more on the study and to read the full article you can visit here.

Chocolate and diabetes – it’s a better relationship than you think!

The news just keeps getting better on chocolate. Last week we posted it’s ability to help keep arteries lubricated which reduces chances of heart attacks. Now we’ve just read another amazing study done in Japan where an epidemiological analysis found that long-term chocolate consumption may actually LOWER your chances of getting diabetes. Yes you read that right.

This test was followed over a 13 year period with around 7500 participants at risk for diabetes. What they found was that the risk of diabetes decreased as the frequency of chocolate intake increased, up to 2-6 servings (1 oz) per week. Consuming ≥1 serving per day did not yield significantly lower relative risk.These results suggest that consuming moderate amount of chocolate may reduce the risk of diabetes. Though they do claim that further research is required to confirm and explore these findings.

Chocolate, you magical food you!  And so that you can get healthy with chocolate, we are giving a 15% off all chocolate items today and tomorrow with discount code HEALTH. Now go and enjoy some chocolate! www.intentionalchocolate.com

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For the abstract of the study please read below:

Chocolate intake and diabetes risk.
Greenberg JA.
Author information
Abstract
BACKGROUND & AIMS:
In-vitro and rodent studies, and short-term human trials suggest that compounds in chocolate can enhance insulin sensitivity. Also, a recent prospective Japanese epidemiological analysis found that long-term chocolate consumption was inversely associated with diabetes risk. The objective of the present analysis was to test the epidemiological association between long-term chocolate consumption and diabetes risk in a U.S. cohort.
METHODS:
Multivariable prospective Cox Regression analysis with time-dependent covariates was used to examine data from 7802 participants in the prospective Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Cohort. The data included 861 new diabetes cases during 98,543 person-years of follow up (mean = 13.3 years).
RESULTS:
Compared to participants who ate 1 oz of chocolate less often than monthly, those who ate it 1-4 times/month, 2-6 times/week and ≥1 time/day had relative risks of being diagnosed with diabetes that were lower by 13% (95% confidence interval: -2%, 25%), 34% (18%, 47%) and 18% (-10%, 38%). These relative risks applied to participants without evidence of preexisting serious chronic disease that included diabetes, heart attacks, stroke or cancer. In conclusion, the risk of diabetes decreased as the frequency of chocolate intake increased, up to 2-6 servings (1 oz) per week. Consuming ≥1 serving per day did not yield significantly lower relative risk.
CONCLUSIONS:
These results suggest that consuming moderate amount of chocolate may reduce the risk of diabetes. Further research is required to confirm and explore these findings.

We now have even MORE proof chocolate is good for us!

Chocolate lovers get to celebrate even more about chocolate today based on recently published study in the March 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal!!

“The effect that dark chocolate has on our bodies is encouraging not only because it allows us to indulge with less guilt, but also because it could lead the way to therapies that do the same thing as dark chocolate but with better and more consistent results,” said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. “Until the ‘dark chocolate drug’ is developed, however, we’ll just have to make do with what nature has given us!”  Dark chocolate just keeps getting better, so eat up!!

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The Top Institute Food and Nutrition and Wageningen University, Division of Human Nutrition in Wageningen, The Netherlands made the discovery that dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels. Both arterial stiffness and white blood cell adhesion are known factors that play a significant role in atherosclerosis. Basically this means chocolate helps to prevent the hardening of arteries! So go ahead, eat that chocolate!

The Dreamhealer on Intention

At Intentional Chocolate we are always looking to expand our circle of intentional friends. Adam McLeod is one such friend. As an “Intentionalist” (our term for those who work with intention) he brings a scientific framework to healing with intentions. He combines the subtle energy that he connects with as a healer and cutting-edge bio-sciences he knows as a molecular biologist.

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Adam, also known as the Dreamhealer (after the first book he wrote at 16!), shared his wisdom of intention as a universal healing tool with me. He spoke about how intention works on multiple levels, from the intra-personal to a global level such as providing healing energy for natural disasters.

I was intrigued by the latter as I tend to feel helpless during times of natural disasters and its affects. To have a tool that I could use to help, even in the smallest way, was exciting. Since the Fukushima disaster is still a pressing issue, I asked him how he uses visualization in these events. He said what he likes to do is get very focused and clear. Then he visualizes how the disaster is currently affecting the Earth, in this case he would envision the radiation affecting the water.  Then with focused intention he would imagine the radiation being absorbed and the toxins clearing from the planet leaving the planet renewed.

What is at work in this visualization is subtle energy. This energy connects us all at a cellular and molecular level. With our intentions we are shifting these molecules even at small levels. Think of the Dr. Emoto tests, how positive energy changed the molecules in water to that of beautiful crystals. This is the same practice. For me being able to donate some of my energy to help, even the slightest bit, was gratifying.

This ability to heal with intention is something Adam has been practicing since he was a teenager. At 16, Adam’s mother suffered from stabbing pains in her head. During one painful session something motivated Adam to place his hands on her head. When he did this, with his eyes closed, he saw what he describes as murky dark cloud. He proceeded to envision a positive structuring of the energy and within minutes his mother stopped having pain. She has been free of this pain since that time.

This experience and other remarkable incidents of healing lead Adam to study molecular biology at college. He was craving a scientific basis of understanding for the events that he has witnessed. The profound thing he said was that there is so much existing research proving that intention and visualization work.

On Adam’s blog, he mentions a study done by Dr. Lipton (brucelipton.com). Dr. Lipton said “The function of the mind is to create coherence between our beliefs and the reality we experience. What that means is that your mind will adjust the body’s biology and behavior to fit with your beliefs. If you’ve been told you’ll die in six months and your mind believes it, you most likely will die in six months. That’s called the nocebo effect, the result of a negative thought, which is the opposite of the placebo effect, where healing is mediated by a positive thought.”

As a powerful tool, Adam sees the daily practice of intention important. Feeling the most connected to source at nighttime, he spends about 5-10 minutes nightly envisioning his perfect tomorrow. How would that day transpire? How would it look, feel and taste? In this way he is creating coherent energy for the next day, setting it up to flow. This is an important part of Adam’s tool kit, one he teaches to others to keep themselves mentally healthy.

As a healer, part of his job isn’t just about being able to cure the patient’s ailments but to actually give them tools for self-healing. His philosophy to all – it’s about finding your own path and your own tool kit. He believes firmly it’s about exploring your options and creating what works best for you. As we are all different people with different genetics and coherent patterns we all need a variety of tools to work with.

Even though we are all different individuals, positive and directed energy does work. “What is below is like that which is above, and what is above is like that wish is below, to accomplish the miracles of one thing” – Prelude to Chemistry: An outline of Alchemy. Adam believes in the connection between microcosm and macrocosm. He says “ The inner work is vastly important. Everything is so interconnected that it is impossible to separate one event from another. Our intentions influence things far beyond our conscious awareness.”
So by setting intention, whichever way works for you, you will have a direct impact on your being and the world. So go on, set an intention! If you have trouble finding your own method try the nine steps for setting intention on the IC website or your article.

We celebrate and thank Adam for being a Dreamhealer and spreading the word on Intention. For the last 10 years Adam has been a keynote speaker at conferences around the world showing audiences how to tap into their own innate healing abilities. You can attend one of his seminars by visiting his site at http://www.dreamhealer.com/

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Share the Love WINNERS!

Maya Angelou “Touched by Angel” highlights the power of love so beautifully:

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

And we thank you, our IC customers, for loving us and sending us your love notes! They brightened our day. We have chosen the two winners!

love255x384Our second runner up is JENNY HONTZ, who sent us this love note”: (receiving a bag of chocolate and our chocolate meditation!)

“To start this year off in a loving way I’m participating in the Pay-it-Forward Initiative… The first FIVE people who comment on this status with “I’m in” will receive a surprise from me at some point in this calendar year – anything from a book, a ticket, a visit, something home-grown or -made, a postcard, absolutely any surprise. There will be no warning, and it will happen when the mood comes over me, and I find something that I believe would suit you and make you happy. These five people must make the same offer in their FB status and distribute their own joy. Simply copy this text onto your profile. Who will be the lucky 5?”

AND OUR WINNER IS….Suzanne Heneghan, who wrote this touching commentary. (receiving the IC Love gift set)

I would give this gift of Intentional Chocolate to my boyfriend on Valentine’s as a gesture of deep love  – not only romantic love, but a deep, spiritual love.  We are all energy…and the chocolate is imbued with positive thoughts and affirmations.  As a spiritual person, my gifts to him reflect the positive intentions and wishes from deep within my heart and soul. This is perfect! What a beautiful gesture to offer him – the vibration of optimal health, especially since he has experienced a heart attack recently. Good health is truly our greatest wealth and such a blessing.

Both winners please contact ashley@intentionalchocolate.com for your prizes!

Intentional Chocolate tasting meditation at Sundance and maybe your next event too!

We are so thankful that Heal one World and Zen Den took on the Intentional Chocolate tasting meditations! Through the week that Zen Den was active they hosted numerous meditations. Some fun photos in action were taken! See below:

 

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And we will be back next year so watch for even more fun exciting events to take place. If you are considering an event and would like Intentional Chocolate Meditations there, please contact Ashley at Ashley@intentionalchocolate.com.

Sharing the LOVE, a free Intentional Chocolate Love Gift box!

Ghandi said “Where there is love there is life.” And we agree! We love our customers and in celebration of the day of love we wanted to share our LOVE gift box with you!

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What we would LOVE from YOU:

One sentence or one page (we don’t care we just want to hear from you!) about how you would use (or give) our

Intentional Chocolate Love Gift box?

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*We will select a winner who receives a free Love gift box a week from today, February 10th, so that we can send the winner their gift box in time for Valentine’s Day. A runner up will get a free bag of chocolate and a downloadable file of our chocolate meditation! Either post here or email ashley@intentionalchocolate.com with your story. AND SPREAD THE LOVE. Let others know about our give-away!

Winnie-the-Pooh

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” – C.S. Lewis. How right he was. Looking at a childhood favorite, Winnie-the-Pooh you are reminded of the depth of words spoken in what seemed like childish books. This quote is a wonderful nod to the wonders of reading as a kid and as an adult, and reading kid’s books as adults…

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IC will be at Sundance Film Festival!

Having been to Sundance a couple of years ago, I am well aware of the festivities that go on there all day and all night without much break in between. This leaves you drained of all energy but some how you manage to go on. Well this year, making it’s second appearance after an awesome response, you can hit up the Zen Den. Zen Den is an oasis for rejuvenation and transformation. Not only showing social conscious films but also offering daily wellness classes with amazing instructors from LA and Utah, healing therapies such as cranial-sacral, Feldenkrais, healing touch, zero balancing and lymphatic drainage and more…

Part of the more is where Intentional Chocolate comes in. Through the first week that Zen Den is at Sundance they will be conducting free Intentional Chocolate Tasting Meditations! Yes we said FREE! So stop by, get centered and bliss out with some chocolate we know you will need it!

Utah_SundanceENJOY the festival! And check out the grid to find out where the Zen Den is located.

Intentionally Giving Back

INTENTIONAL GIVEBACK

Intentional Chocolate strives to live up to its title of being an intentional company. A big part of intention is connection to the community and doing well for others. As part of this giveback we connect with other intentional organizations monthly and at times for longer periods to help promote their cause and message by exposing our customers to them. We also donate 15% of our net profits to them during the time we work with them.

HOW WE CHOOSE OUR CAUSES

As there are numerous amazing and intentional causes it is hard to choose just one to giveback to.  We instead rotate our time and energy to different causes throughout the year. A lot of what we look at is if our company aligns with the charities focus and that the collaboration makes sense for both. We also want to make sure we have enough resources and ability to promote the organization at hand so as to help them spread the word the best we can.

CURRENT CAUSE:  Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

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Why DBSA and IC?

DBSA and IC line up with their core value of envisioning wellness within the world. It’s a great time to connect over the Valentine’s Day holiday, as it’s a time of connection through love. Chocolate is a food of love and actually contains the love molecule – PEA. Studies have shown that regular consumption of cocoa has been found to improve cognitive function and mood because cocoa contains polyphenols. Polyphenols can increase the blood flow to the brain and boost the neurotransmitters serotonin and endorphin, all of which contribute to feelings of feeling good. IC adds their special ingredient – intention and the end result is a delicious gourmet bit of well-being.

To help DBSA support groups, on top of donating 15% of net profits, IC is also giving chocolate tasting meditation kits to the support groups.

About DBSA

Their vision

DBSA envisions wellness for people living with depression and bipolar disorder.

Their Mission

DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.

Who they are

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder, which affect more than 21 million Americans, account for 90% of the nation’s suicides every year, and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses.

DBSA’s peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources are available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them—online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, our chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.

Through more than 700 support groups and nearly 300 chapters, DBSA reaches millions of people each year with in-person and online peer support; current, readily understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder; and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness.

What Makes DBSA Unique

DBSA is led by and created for individuals living with a mood disorder, and that experience informs everything that we do.

How to Support The Cause Directly

http://www.dbsalliance.org

 

PAST CHARITIES

On our blog: http://intentionalchocolate-blog.com/some-of-our-favorite-people/