Relationship Inspiration from the great Marianne Williamson

In case you don’t know Marianne Williamson, she’s a internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. As Valentine’s day is fast approaching her words on relationships speak wonderful truth…
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According to A Course in Miracles, relationships are “laboratories of the Holy Spirit.” They can be the Spirit’s garden of love, but they can also be the ego’s lair of fear. And most of us have experienced both at some point in our lives.

Love is not just a passive something that the conscious person “hopes to find” someday. It is also an emotional skill set, a consistent way of being as opposed to an occasional stroke of good luck.

The universe is the handwriting of God, moving with mysterious intention toward the fulfillment of love’s desire within every interaction and circumstance. When our hearts and minds are open — when we are forgiving and compassionate — the light of the universe moves through us to harmonize and uplift all beings. Yet when our hearts and minds are closed — when our accumulated layers of pain and mistrust shut down our capacity to love as we wish to be loved — then chaos prevails and suffering ensues. That is how powerful we are; conscious or subconsciously, we drive the drama of how our relationships unfold.

 
All my best,

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

In honor of Veterans Day we are giving to USA Cares – Assisting Military Families in Crisis

Nov. 11th celebrates the temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany during World War I. This went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Then in 1919 President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

What perfect words to embolden the feelings we all have for those who have served for our country. In honor of all the Veterans we here at Intentional Chocolate are giving back to a loved organization, USA Cares, in honor of them and to help a wonderful cause that assists military families in crisis.

Why 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 emergency financial assistance to veterans and active duty service members who sustain a significant reduction in pay because of their service.

Thank you to all the bought Intentional Chocolate this weekend and who buys today we are close to being able to give $5,000 to this amazing organization.