ALL NEW!!! Help us select our new truffle flavors and WIN!

It’s that time of the year again. Fall has hit (well not Los Angeles but the rest of the country!) and soon it will be Halloween followed by Thanksgiving. And it’s when we at Intentional Chocolate, come out with our intentional truffles. This year we will be offering not only our 4 pack but also 2 packs of truffles! And with a new artisan handmade truffles you cannot go wrong with these holiday gifts!

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But we want to know what four types you all are interested in having. We’ve narrowed it to 7, now we need you to help us choose. We will choose 3 of you who response to us either here or on Facebook by receiving a 2 pack of our truffles!

So here are the choices:

 

Chocolate Wellness WINNERS!

Thank you all for sharing your love on how chocolate is used in your wellness routines. My little chocolate wellness treat usually consists of a few pistoles of Intentional Chocolate at night as setting the intentions for good rest and sweet dreams along with a cup of ginger tea, to melt the pieces on my tongue.

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I will share a few of the wonderful entries we received–

“I eat your chocolates as a fix to my chocolate needs and it uplifts me. Thank you!!!” — How wonderful!

“I find that dark chocolate of at least 70% helps with headaches probably by opening up the blood vessels and calming my blood pressure down.” — Yes, a lovely calming effect!

And the WINNER:

“When I’m stressed out and feel like I’m about to panic, I would eat dark chocolate while listening to calming meditation music while breathing slowly for about 15-20 minutes. I find this will usually bring me back to task at hand with a more positive attitude.”

Thank you Sau-Ming Lee for your entry. Please email ashley@intentionalchocoalte.com with you address for your free bag of chocolate (wellness!) and as a bonus we will send you a link of our chocolate meditation, as it sounds like you would love that!

Chocolate Wellness

As part of our partnership with DBSA we have been providing chocolate meditation tasting kits to support groups around the US. Please read for a lovely story of wellness…

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“Your gift of the chocolate meditation kit was very timely as the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) challenge for the month of July was to find ways to relax and prevent stress from building up.  Here at the Recovery Cooperative of Muskegon we are a peer run drop in center for people who live with a mental health diagnosis.  At our DBSA meeting today we had two staff and five members attend.  We began our group today by practicing chocolate meditation.

These are the comments from the people who participated:  I loved the flute music, enjoyed it, this was a relaxing way to get ready for group, I enjoyed it but thought the chocolate was bitter, this is a good way to calm down from anxiety.

Again, thank you so very much for the gift of the chocolate meditation kit.  We all enjoyed it very much and thought it was a great wellness tool.  We plan to practice chocolate meditation again at future meetings.”

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Tell us how you enjoy chocolate for wellness and be entered to win a free bag of chocolate!

Memorial Day Rememberances

Memorial day serves as a reminder of the men and women who died in duty serving our country. The holiday began after the American Civil War to commemorate the soldiers lost in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day extended to honor all Americans having died while in service for our country.

If you are looking for a way to give back, consider USA Cares.

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USA Cares exists to help bear the burdens of service by providing post-9/11 military families with financial and advocacy support in their time of need. Assistance is focused on three main areas:

– Removing the financial barriers that prevent veterans from receiving treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury. This program is saving the lives of veterans and restoring families.

– Removing the financial barriers that prevent veterans from securing employment.

– Providing emergence family services to veterans and active duty service members who sustain a significant reduction in pay because of their service.

Support Group uses of Chocolate and Meditation!

We have always felt here at Intentional Chocolate that eating chocolate is a zen like experience. You get to enjoy one of life’s pleasures, tasting all the subtle flavors that unlock in your mouth as you roll around the bite on your tongue. Over the past couple of years of offering the meditation we have seen the wonderful impact it has on people’s lives.

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As part of our partnership with our charity DBSA, depression bi-polar support alliance, we donated several chocolate meditation kits to the award winning support groups around the country. The support groups opened their hearts and minds to the idea of trying the meditation at one of their meetings. And we had some exciting feedback from the groups:

“Out of group members’ desire for socialization in a more relaxed setting than a support group meeting allows, we had our first of a planned monthly series of “game nights” tonight. I used the opportunity to do the 68% Tasting Meditation with attendees.

We had six people participating. They liked the experience. We did not experience the sensations and tastes as the Rev. Peluso described–the chocolate just tasted like chocolate–but we did sense, and enjoy, how this changed over time with the taste intensifying and diminishing and the solid softening and melting. It was noted that it felt good to slow down and relax, and one participant said that he had never enjoyed consuming a piece of chocolate so well before.
I asked if we should repeat this at our future “game nights” and all responded yes. So next month we will do another of the meditations.

“The tasting meditation does work to tune out external stimuli and thoughts while focusing on the meditation. A participant who has partaken in all three sessions to date reported that, as a result, he has scaled back his chocolate consumption, a daily habit, out of inspiration to be more responsible and mindful as he consumes chocolate more slowly.”

If you have support groups that are interested in trying out our meditation tasting kit for free, please email ashley@intentionalchocolate.com and she will provide you with more details. Or if you want to donate directly to DBSA please see their information below.

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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

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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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.