Forgiveness. It’s one of those touchy subjects we have all heard time and again. Forgiveness. We all know that “experts” say that we all need to learn to forgive. But why? Why is forgiveness so vital to our wellbeing? Why do we need to not only forgive others, but also, ourselves? What is the big deal? Why do we need to forgive the mistakes that we all make? Forgiving can create peace in our lives where bitterness, anger, grief, and heartache can live.
First and foremost, obtaining true forgiveness is vital for our survival. I want to start out by saying that it is okay to feel our feelings. They are there for a reason! But, it is not okay to harm another because of our own anger or disappointment.
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We as women tend to always crave chocolate. The media encourages it, we crave it, especially during certain times of our monthly cycle, society tells us to eat as much as we can, and doctors and medical journals tell us it can actually be good for us.
But what is “ceremonial chocolate” and why is it different than any other chocolate that we consume? First, raw cacao is a great source of polyphenols. These are antioxidants that are found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, wine, etc. They help reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and help maintain a healthy blood sugar level. Unfortunately, processed cocoa available in most stores and online are stripped of their natural superfood benefits. The cacao is heated to a high temperature and alkaline is often added to cut the bitterness. This can often take out as much as 60% of the antioxidant benefits!