While on a consulting job in the Chicago area, my husband and I have had the pleasure of staying with his sister Diane for nearly a month. It was such a blessing to share so much time with her and her husband Nick. After a fabulous gourmet scallop dinner, Diane "presented" a dessert with a ritual - - that translates well into a lesson on living life.
Dessert was a square of Vosges Hout Chocolate Goji bar. Diane opened the package, broke it into squares for each of us, then began reading the directions on the back of the package as follows:
How to Enjoy an Exotic Candy Bar
BREATHE - Engage your senses. Take three deep ujjayi breaths, quiet the chattering mind and be in the presence of the moment.
SEE -- A darker milk chocolate speckled with hues of pink.
SMELL - - Rub your thumb on the chocolate to help release the mineral aromas. Inhale deeply.
SNAP - - Break the bar in two pieces. Hear the crisp, ringing pop, which indicates a well-tempered bar of chocolate. You will hear the loudest snap with dark chocolate, a soft break with milk, and a faint whisper with white.
TASTE - - Place a small piece of chocolate on your tounge and press it to the roof of your mouth. Within thirty seconds the flavors of goji berry's respberry, plum and current undertones exude from chewy bites with a hint of salt fueling the craving for more sweet.
FEEL - - -The mystique of these little pink gems is so cherished in the native Tibet and Mongolia that festival are held each year to celebrate their renowned body-beautiful attributes.
Peace, love and chocolate, Katrina
After we savored this experience, I could not help but think we should enjoy each moment of each day by savoring all the little gems.
Enjoy your chocolate today - - and your day.