If you need to relax and relieve stress, there are many different techniques you can introduce into your life that will help. You can read, exercise, take a power nap and more. One way of relaxing and maintaining stress is through meditation. There are a lot of misconceptions about meditation and what it can do for your body. Maybe you have heard that meditation is for hippies or monks. Sure, that demographic may partake in meditation, but the practice isn’t just for a certain group of people. Meditation is for anyone wanting to clear their mind and relax and actually has many benefits to your health. If you are interested in learning more about meditation and how it works, we offer this course, which is geared toward beginners looking to get into meditation.
There are also many types of meditation to practice, depending on your interests and what you feel comfortable doing. The type of mediation we will be taking a closer look at is candle meditation. This meditation is practiced is by staring at a candle flame. We know that fire can be a mesmerizing element and this type of meditation using that to its advantage. So what else does candle meditation entail? Read on to learn more.
Here are the steps you will need to take in order to get started with candle meditation.
First Thing’s First: Be Safe
Unlike your typical mindful meditations, you have to be careful when it comes to candle meditation. It is not unheard of to fall asleep during meditation. This is because your mind and body are in such a relaxed state that falling asleep is what your body and mind think is the next step. You can prevent this by keeping your eyes open the entire time. Another safety precaution is to put the open flame in a glass candle holder, which will keep it contained. Also make sure to keep any flammable items far away from the flame. Once you think your meditation space is safe enough, you can go on to the next step.
Set Up Your Meditation Room
In order to fully relax and get the most out of your meditation, you have to have a space that is comfortable, relaxing and most of all, a place where you feel safe to let your guard down. This space can be whatever you want it to be, but there are a few things that you can do to help. The first and most important is that you have a space prepared where you can feel the most comfortable and relaxed. Usually, this is a room in your house where you can sit undisturbed for a 30-minute span. Make sure you are able to darken the room, as that will be a key part of your candle meditation practice. A lot of people swear by the Feng Shui method of arranging rooms. This method could also work for you when you are setting up your meditation room. If you want to learn more about Feng Shui, we offer a course that teaches the basics.
Another part of setting up your meditation room is finding something comfortable to sit on while you meditate. One of the best options is a large pillow, where you can sit with your legs crossed and back straight. Another option that also provides comfort is a yoga mat. The mat is soft, yet firm and can help give you good posture while you meditate.
A third optional tactic you can use to complete your meditation room is smells. This can be in the form of the candle you will use to meditate with or room sprays. We use our senses to do many things and certain smells help us to relax. A few of these smells include lavender, chamomile and ylang ylang. If you want to learn more about aromatherapy and how smells affect us, we offer this course, which will teach you more.
Decide When You Will Meditate
Some people like to meditate at different times of the day. It really depends on your personality and when you need to wind down. Some people prefer to meditate after work, when they are usually the most stressed. Some like to take time out in the middle of the day to get recharged by meditation. Others like to meditate first thing in the morning so they can set the tone for their day. If you see yourself as more of a morning mediator, this blog can give you more information about the benefits of meditating in the morning. Of course, the choice of when you want to meditate is up to you.
Prepare Your Candle
The candle needs to be burning at eye level or below. You want to make sure your posture and head positioning are straight, so do not tilt your head too deep if the candle is situated below eye level. You will also need to make sure the room is darkened so you will avoid eye strain. Do a test run and sit down in front of the candle before you go into your meditation. This way, you can test whether or not the position is comfortable for you and if you need to rearrange anything. For the best experience, put the candle at least 50 cm away from you.
Now sit down in front of the candle in a position you can hold for a few minutes. Once you are ready, start staring at the candle and focusing on the flame and nothing else. For those who are inexperienced with meditation, the mind will try to distract you from the flame. It is perfectly fine if it does. When you realize this is happening, you just need to refocus your mind back to the flame. Don’t make a fuss about it or get discouraged because it is a natural thing for the mind to do. Even people who have been practicing meditation for years still run into a wandering mind. It’s just a part of being human. Another thing you may notice is that your eyes will water. This is another thing that you should not be concerned about. It is just your eyes adjusting to the light. This side effect will not last long and when it happens, just turn your attention back toward the flame.
Going Deep Into Meditation
With candle meditation, it is easier to achieve that deep meditation then many other types of practice. This is because of the flame you are using as your focus. When your eyes are firmly fixed on that flame, they do not provide your brain with any new information to process and your peripheral vision will start to fade as this happens. When this happens, your focus will be entirely on the flame. Once you move your eyes, sensory input floods back into your brain, breaking the mental and physical stillness you once had. If you want to experiment more with deep meditation, we offer this course, which can help train you to go deeper in your meditation. The course is challenging to those who are beginners at meditation but want to go deeper. It will provide you with the tools you need to do so.
Finishing the Meditation
When you are finished with your meditation, take time to come back to reality. Go from sitting to lying down with your eyes closed. While you are doing this, focus on your breathing. Once you feel ready to leave your meditation, you are finished with that day’s practice.