Posted in Candle, Inspiration, Meditation

A form of meditation

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It’s is said that staring at a candle flame is one method people use for meditation. It is to instill mindfulness, while reducing stress levels and increase the ability to focus. Some even believe that staring at a candles flame helps to keep fatal disease at bay.

I have always been intrigued by the flicker of the flame and it does instill a stillness and calm. Whether by the shine of a candle-flame, or sitting around a campfire, there is something captivating in watching the flame (s) flicker and dance.

In Germany the pre Christmas season is called Adventszeit. Four weeks out from Christmas, on each Sunday we light candles. One candle for the first week, two for the second week, three for the third week and finally four candles just before Christmas, signaling that Christmas is here. I am not sure how my love for the flame developed, but one day I dream to have a wood burning stove with a little class window or a fireplace again so I can watch and enjoy the coziness of dancing flames on a cold winters night.

Gazing at a flame for extended periods of time stimulates the thrift eye. This was known in ancient India and was said that the pineal gland feeds on light. This is one of the reasons why we are mesmerized when staring at fire. Over time, this can increase intuition, alertness, psychic abilities, creativity and improve sleep.

Ah yes, it all makes sense.