Let's Talk about Candle Meditation

Let's Talk about Candle Meditation

Candle Meditation

 

Candle Meditation - Basic

Introduction

Meditation has a lot of benefits, like helping reduce anxiety and stress, encouraging a healthy lifestyle, and more. But it can be hard to get into the practice of doing it regularly. One way to make meditation easier is to use tools that help you focus on what you're doing, such as candles or other objects that have a meaning for you. Here's how to do some basic candle-based meditation at home:

Sit still and straight in a chair or cross-legged on the floor.

Sit still and straight in a chair or cross-legged on the floor. Don't slouch or sit with your legs crossed. If you choose to sit cross-legged on the floor, be sure it's not too low (you can strain your back or knees) and that you are able to keep your spine erect.

Close your eyes and focus on your breathing.

Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Take in a deep breath and slowly let it out. Repeat this cycle until you feel relaxed and centered, then continue to breathe at a normal pace while focusing on the candle flame or any other visual anchor that's meaningful to you. You can also chant "om" silently with each exhalation of breath—this can help you focus and clear your mind, as well as connect you with a greater sense of universal consciousness.

Light a candle and keep your eyes open, but unfocused.

The first step is to light a candle (and keep your eyes open, but unfocused). You don't want to stare at the candle or its flame, or the wick, or even the wax itself. Try not to stare at any of these things—just let them come in and out of focus as they please.

Think about how light is entering through your eyelids and hitting your retinas. How does this feel? Is there a sensation of warmth on one side of your face? Could you feel it if there were someone else in front of you touching their finger to their nose as they breathed out slowly?

Let your eyes relax and feel comfortable. As you breathe in, bring your attention to the flame of the candle; try not to blink too much.

Let your eyes relax and feel comfortable. As you breathe in, bring your attention to the flame of the candle; try not to blink too much.

When you are ready, slowly close your eyes and observe the darkness behind them for a few seconds before letting go of any thoughts that may arise. Focus on nothing but your own breathing for a minute or two; breathe deeply from your abdomen and let each breath fill up all available space within you.

You can practice this meditation at any time of day when it suits you, however if possible it is best done just after waking up as this will allow more time before anything else distracts us from our inner peace and calmness throughout our day.

If thoughts come into your mind, don't chase them or push them away -- just let them pass by like clouds. Keep coming back to focusing on the candle flame.

If thoughts come into your mind, don't chase them or push them away—just let them pass by like clouds. Keep coming back to focusing on the candle flame. Don’t worry about the past or future, don’t worry about how others (including yourself) feel, and certainly don't worry about what other people are thinking of you. In other words, try not to think at all!

As with any meditation practice, it can be difficult at first because our minds tend to wander a lot when we try new things or experiences for the first time. A simple trick is to start counting your breaths: Inhale for three seconds and then exhale for six seconds (or four seconds if it feels too long). Repeat this cycle until you get distracted by another thought or feeling; then start over again from one count until you reach ten then repeat this cycle again until ten times in total ("ten" being an arbitrary number used here only as an example). The next day count up from zero instead of one (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100), etc.).

Continue this meditation for anywhere from five to 20 minutes.

When you're practicing candle meditation, you don’t have to stop at 5 minutes. You can meditate for longer (even 20 minutes or more). This is especially beneficial if you are new to meditation and want more time to relax and feel your body.

If you're feeling restless, try a shorter practice (like 3 minutes). The goal is not stress-free bliss—it's relaxation of the mind and body in order to relieve stress. If shortening your session makes it easier for you to relax, then do that!

You also don’t have to do this at the same time every day—you can use this as a tool for helping yourself get into a routine that works best for your schedule and needs. If Monday through Friday it works better for me because all I want to do after work is veg out on Netflix, but on Saturday mornings I have errands with my kids who will disappear if I fill their time with quiet reflection instead of fun activities...then go with what works best!

You can use candles as a focal point for meditation

Candles are a great focal point for meditation. They can be used to create a safe, soothing environment that helps you relax and focus on the present moment. You don’t have to buy an expensive candle holder to get started; even just a small glass or cup with water in it can be enough!

If you want something more elaborate, try using two candles placed on either side of you with their wicks touching each other at the center. Use this as your focal point during meditation and let it guide your attention back whenever it wanders off into thoughts about the past or future.

Conclusion

Because of the power of fire, candles can be used as a focal point to create an atmosphere conducive to meditation. The candle is a symbol of earth and water (the wick) being burned by fire (the flame). In the same way that the spiritual process brings together these elements, using a candle during your meditation will help you focus and stay in a calm state.  Our Eye of Ra/Ankh meditation candle is the perfect tool to aide one in their candle meditation rituals.  Check out our website today to get yours.

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