Wait, what? You're encouraging me to make drinking chocolate part of my daily spiritual practice?
Chocolate...seriously? Yes, seriously!
And here's why:
Cacao, aside from its many physical health benefits (a topic for another discussion) is a powerful plant medicine. When used to assist daily, spiritual practices (meditation, journaling, breath work, etc.), you can expect to experience a number of delightful benefits:
1. A heart-opening experience:
I feel obligated to leave this one pretty open ended. Ceremonial cacao works almost magically at opening up the heart chakra. For most people this will mean FEELING, and that's partly why this experience is...
All chocolate is made from cacao beans but not all cacao beans are created equal. What is it then that makes our KAKAO, or any cacao for that matter, "ceremonial grade"?
1. It's produced from Native Cacao Strains: native meaning it's found growing naturally, in the wild, without human interaction/cultivation. These strains are both the rarest and most concentrated in the compounds necessary for ceremonial use.
- Criollo: (literally meaning "Native" in Spanish) native to Guatemala
- small beans, fine flavor, more susceptible to pests and disease
- Chuncho: native to Peru
- small beans, fine flavor,
It's the age old question, "what's in it for me?" Something we all ask (on some level) when presented with an opportunity to contribute to a cause bigger than us. But in this case, why would you even consider donating your precious resources (money) to a cause such as protecting and saving native strains of cacao?
Let's start with what's happening with cacao on a global level. As you likely already know, cacao is the fundamental and first ingredient in any chocolate product. There's a lot of chocolate circulating the planet, which means there is also a need for a...
You may be surprised to discover all that is ACTUALLY involved in making ceremonial drinking cacao available to the world. Here's a step-by-step break down of our tree-to-cup process.
1. Growing: all cacao comes from cacao trees (Theobroma cacao). Cacao trees take up to 5 years to mature. Once mature, cacao trees grow thousands of flowers every year. However, only a small percentage (as low as 1%) produce a cacao pod. Each football sized pod takes nearly 6 months to ripen and contains about 30-40 almond-shaped seeds surrounded by a sweet, juicy pulp.
2. Harvesting: Once the cacao pods have ripened, they...
If you've participated in cacao ceremony before, then you're familiar with the feel-good feelings that arrive anywhere from 20-40 minutes after ingestion. That's because cacao is a fantastic source of scientifically proven "bliss chemicals" known to influence the body and brain in beneficial ways. Let's pull the curtain on these mysterious chocolate chemicals and reveal their delightful identity:
1. Serotonin: A neurotransmitter commonly known as the "feel-good chemical. Cacao not only supplies the body with serotonin, but also aids the body in producing its own serotonin naturally. Serotonin is well known for its ability to combat stress and improve our...