Candle Meditation 101: What is Candle Meditation, Benefits & How To Practice

Candle Meditation 101: What is Candle Meditation, Benefits & How To Practice

What Is Candle Meditation?

Candle meditation is a simple yet powerful form of meditation that involves focusing on the flame of a candle. This practice can be done by lighting a candle and sitting or standing in front of it.

The goal of candle meditation is to focus the mind on the flame, and use it as a tool to bring your attention to the present moment and away from thoughts and distractions.

During candle meditation, you can focus on the flame's movement, its light, and color, or simply gaze at it without any specific focus. You can also focus on your breath, and the sensation of the flame on your skin, or use it as a focal point to count your breath or repeat a mantra.

The Benefits Of Candle Meditation

  1. Reduces stress: Candle meditation can be a great way to reduce stress. The gentle flicker of the candle flame can be soothing and calming, which can help to quiet the mind and release tension in the body.

  2. Improves focus: Candle meditation can also help to improve focus and concentration. By focusing on the flame of the candle, we can train our minds to be more present and less distracted.

  3. Enhances mindfulness: The act of focusing on the candle flame can also cultivate mindfulness, the ability to be fully present in the current moment.

  4. Enhances creativity: Candle meditation can also enhance creativity by bringing a meditative state of mind, which can be helpful in different areas of life.

  5. Enhances spiritual connection: For some, candle meditation can be a way to connect with a higher power or a spiritual dimension.

man staring at a candle flame

How to practice candle meditation:

  1. Find a quiet place: Find a quiet place where you can meditate without interruption.
  2. Light a candle: Light a candle and place it in front of you.
  3. Focus on the flame: Focus your attention on the flame of the candle. Notice the way it flickers and dances.
  4. Take deep breaths: Take deep, slow breaths and let go of any thoughts or worries that come to mind.
  5. Continue for 5-10 minutes: Continue to focus on the flame of the candle for 5-10 minutes.

It's important to note that when practicing candle meditation, safety must be considered. Never leave a burning candle unattended and make sure the candle is placed in a safe location, away from flammable materials.

What Type Of Candle Is Best For Candle Meditation? 

When it comes to candle meditation, the type of candle you choose is not as important as the act of focusing on the flame itself. However, some people may prefer certain types of candles for their meditation practice. Here are a few types of candles that are commonly used for candle meditation:

  1. Beeswax candles: These candles are made from 100% pure beeswax and are known for their natural, honey-like scent. They are a natural and renewable resource and make a fantastic candle for meditation purposes.
  2. Soy candles: These candles are made from soy wax, a natural and renewable resource. They are known for their clean burn and long-lasting fragrance. Soy candles are sold in jars which can make them not as good for candle meditation.
  3. Meditation Scented Candles: These candles have been specifically crafted for meditation, featuring a soothing aroma to enhance the relaxation experience.
  4. Unscented candles: Some people prefer to use unscented candles for their meditation practice, as the absence of fragrance allows for a more focused meditation experience.
  5. Coloured candles: Some people prefer to use colored candles for their meditation practice, as different colors are believed to have different properties. For example, blue candles are believed to be calming and soothing, while red candles are believed to be energizing and stimulating.

 

white candle burning against a black background

 

    Ultimately, the best type of candle for candle meditation is the one that you feel comfortable with, and that allows you to focus on the flame and the present moment. Personally I believe that the larger the candle, the better, therefore getting a candle that is at least 40 hours will help you maintain a steady practice and it can be fun to see the progress that you have made, simply by seeing the candle burn down!

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    If you have any questions or ideas about candle meditation, or if you have a favourite type of meditation, let us know in the comments section. 

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