For the Love of Candles

BurningThere is always something fascinating about candles. The way they brighten a room and how fragrant their smells can be. What I love about them is not the way they come in different sizes, shapes, colors and smell but the flame they produce.

Have you ever looked at the candle light and notice how elegant it sways when a breath of wind passes by? Have you ever noticed how it flickers when you strike a match to its wick and then suddenly catches fire? I often catch myself staring at the flame from time to time. Watching it. Later on I will find myself emptying thoughts and feelings while just looking at this yellow, flickering light. It was a relief and a release too of all the worries I’ve cooped up inside me.

People use candles in so many ways. Aside from birthday parties where the celebrant blows them out while wishing, candles are can also be used as part of your home’s decoration. They are great in setting a romantic mood as well. Of course, candles are quite handy in giving light when the lights go out. I’m sure you have plenty of candlesticks stored somewhere in your home in case of emergency.

So, what else are candles used for? Candles are very much part of religious ceremonies too. Many people light up candles when a loved one passed away. Others use candles to offer prayers. Some light up different candles in order to boost a certain element in their lives like love, health and money. I light candles for affirmation.

I don’t mind what kind of candles I use, how small or big they are, what their colors may be and even they smell good or not. For me, it’s the power of the light that comes from the candle that ignites me. That is why you will often see me, lighting a candle every day even for a few minutes to restore my balance and to help me keep my positive thoughts intact.

A question to you dear readers, in what way do you use candles? Feel free to comment below. I’d love to pick your brains. 😀

On Meditation

meditationHave you ever tried sitting still and doing nothing even for just a few minutes? Not even glancing at your watch or even paying attention to the distractions around you? Breathing in and out and letting your thoughts flow? Well, this is what meditation is all about or at least the way I understand it.

I’ve never tried meditating before like pay special attention to my breathing and all that. What I usually do is to stare off into space and just let my thoughts drift. Only after a few minutes do I notice changes in my breathing as well as the way the thoughts that were running around in my head beginning to make sense. This was what meditation was to me.

Since I’ve developed a very cluttered mind, I thought it would be best to get rid of the useless stuff that’s been bothering me for quite some time now. So, what I did was to meditate. And not the usual staring-off-to-nowhere but the way it was meant to be done. Partially closed eyes, sitting up straight and focusing my attention to the way I breathe. The only thing that I can say is that this experience was really amazing!

I wasn’t able to reach 20 minutes of meditation but the time I spent in just focusing on my breathing and ignoring the thoughts that keep on invading my mind was quite refreshing. I was able to work better and I do feel lighter as well. I think I will be incorporating meditation as part of my daily ritual in order to improve my way of thinking and my overall well-being too.

Perhaps with constant practice I will be able to attain inner peace. Maybe you’d like to try it out too? 🙂