Ever wondered why candles (or tealights I guess) make us feel calmer? More at ease and less stressed? Candles (especially soy wax candles) are especially useful in the home. They can be used in the kitchen, in the lounge (to create a wonderful ambience) and in the bedroom or bathroom.
Just picture it. You come home from a very hard day at work and really need to relax. (If you have kids, then you have to wait to put them to bed - but then you can relax). Imagine running the bath - warm water and of course, you have to put your bath salts in. So, whilst that's running, light your candles and whether its one candle or two (or even three) right away you feel more relaxed. You know that when you climb into that bath, you're going to feel better immediately. Its the ambience you created and its fantastic. Soy candles are wonderful to use too, as they are eco-friendly and safe!
Now, imagine you've had your bath and you come out into the lounge. Your partner knows you've had a hard day and has created a similar ambience in the lounge. He's lit a couple of candles you have on the coffee table (with gorgeous fragrances like a sweet pomegranate or vanilla) and its created that restfulness you have needed.
Candles are used by designers when creating a unique style for their client. We can use that too. Look around for candles you like - look at fragrances which appeal to you and then the containers they're in. If you're looking for a candle for a centrepiece on your coffee table a really good idea is to arrange a selection of different sized candles on a flat platter which can be wood, glass or ceramic - something that pleases you! Arrange them with a few glass balls/beads, or even something from your garden. Silver works well too as little knick knacks when placed around something look spectacular.
I hope this blog gives you something to think about when thinking about your home décor. If you're feeling its a little bit tired - jazz it up with candles. They really work wonders!
Let me know what your ideas are for creating that centrepiece?
Have you ever heard of this? I hadn't until I was introduced to it several years ago. To feel like you are balanced, your life is balanced and therefore - your body - is truly a wonderful feeling. For some people, this type of meditation is quite easy, as they find it easier to let go of thoughts when they are concentrating on a physical “thing” rather than on a mantra. For others, this meditation can be a bit of a challenge as it can be difficult to keep your eyes open and focused on a candle without them constantly blinking or watering. However, with practise, most people find that they gradually become very comfortable with this type of meditation. One thing is for sure, this meditation is a fantastic way to improve your concentration skills, and it can lead you into a profoundly deep state of meditation, if practiced properly.
How Do I use the Chakra Candles for meditation?
Have you prepared your meditation space? Turn down the lights or draw your curtains so you feel comfortable and not distracted by everything around you. Don’t try and think too much about which candle you should use – just let your intuition guide you. Whatever Chakra Candle you’ve chosen is absolutely fine. Decide how long you want the meditation ritual to last, or, that there is no time limit. When you’re ready, light your chosen Chakra Candle and position it at eye level, or slightly below. It’s OK to look down at the candle slightly, but its important that you are able to maintain a comfortable upright posture – as long as it feels natural to you. The candle should be at least 50cm away from you – too close, and it may appear too bright.
Now simply stare at the candle and allow the image of the flame to occupy your mind.
At first, you may find your mind may wander and your eyes may water a little. This is normal and it doesn’t last long. You may find it distracting, but simply return your attention to the candle flame and let those distractions go. Imagine that you are breathing the light of the candle in and out of yourself. You don’t need any visualisation technique to do this but keep your eyes focused on the candle flame, and become aware of your natural breathing rhythm. Once you feel that awareness, allow yourself further into the meditation.
Something rather special happens whenever you use the Chakra Candle Meditation. You see, the reason that you are able to see is because your brain processes the signals that are sent to it via the optic nerves in your eyes. What happens as this meditation progresses, is that your brain begins to stop processing these signals. That might sound dramatic, but it’s actually perfectly natural, perfectly safe and a profoundly serene experience. Your eyes are firmly fixed on the image of the flame in front of you and because your eyes are not moving, they are not providing your brain with any new information to process. You then find that some areas of your peripheral vision start to fade from your vision completely.Gradually, more and more of your peripheral vision fades away until you have no visual awareness of anything but the candle flame. This can be a profound experience. Your eyes are open, but you are actually not seeing anything but the small flame in front of you. As a result it feels as though there is no distance between yourself and the flame. In essence, you have become one with the flame. To achieve this requires both mental stillness and the physical stillness of your eyes. As soon as you move your eyes around, your brain is flooded with new sensory input and you will instantly be able to see the room around you again. Remain still and focussed on the candle, and you will slip back into this state of profoundly deep meditation quite quickly.
It may take some practise to really stabilize this experience, but it's well worth it! It is also important, at the completion of your candle meditation, to close your eyes and relax for at least five minutes to let your body and mind come back down to earth, otherwise you may feel ‘spacey’ or unfocused, so take the time to savour the experience. Try it and come back and let me know if you felt this worth it!