As winter closes in for those of us in the northern hemisphere, we too naturally draw inwards, seeking warmth and comfort. This darker and colder time of year can feel challenging. Yet it’s also an opportunity to cultivate our own inner light.
One wonderful way to strengthen and lift our spirits through dark times – both literal and metaphorical – is to light a candle. This sacred ritual has been practised by different cultures across the globe for thousands of years.
Inspired by this practice, The Meditator candle has been created as a beautiful meditative tool. The perfect balance of sustainable and luxurious, each candle is crafted with natural hand-poured soy wax, a cotton wick and pure rose and oud essences. Designed for the meditative mind, The Meditator candles are an ideal winter gift for ourselves or a loved one, reminding us of the peace that can be found in stillness and mindful reflection.
The following meditation is a great way to connect mindfully with the element of light. Focusing our attention on a flame is a powerful technique that helps to clear the mind and improve concentration, bringing calm and relaxation.
1. Ensure the room is dimly lit, so that the candle flame will be clearly visible. Find a comfortable seated spot with your back straight and place your candle in front of you, ideally at eye level. Make sure your candle is safely positioned and doesn’t pose a fire risk.
2. Close your eyes and take a few slow, deep breaths. Relax your body and consciously release any tension.
3. When you are ready, open your eyes and light the candle.
4. Allow your full attention to rest on the candle flame. Notice its shape, colour and movement, without looking at anything else in the room.
5. If your mind wanders, simply bring your focus back to the flame.
6. Take as long as you like to immerse in the meditation.
7. When you are ready, blow the candle out, then close your eyes. Picture the candle flame in your mind’s eye and focus on this image internally for a few moments.
8. Let go of the image and take a few slow, mindful breaths before opening your eyes.
This is a wonderful practice to repeat over time. It’s best to begin with at least 5 minutes’ practice, and to build up gradually, noticing any changes as your practice evolves.