Candle Gazing: A Meditation Candle Guide

Candle Gazing: A Meditation Candle Guide

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You may have heard of candle gazing in the holistic wellness sphere, but it has many benefits for mental wellness. We’re going to share what a candle gazing meditation is, its benefits, and how to practice a candle meditation.

By the time you are finished reading this, you just may be looking for a comfortable position, lighting a candle, and making this practice a part of your daily routine.

What is Candle Gazing?

Let’s get comfortable and enter the tranquil realm of meditation that, not surprisingly, we find calming – candle-gazing. It’s not just about lighting a candle; it’s about finding serenity, focus, and a moment of peace amidst everyday life.

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Candle gazing is also known as “Trataka” in yogic practices. It is a meditative technique where one focuses on a burning candle flame. It goes beyond the simple act of looking at the flame; it’s a journey into inner stillness.

According to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, trataka is described as a “focused, unwavering gaze at a small point until tears are shed.” This straightforward method holds purifying qualities.

Engaging in the practice of candle gazing offers numerous benefits, such as enhancing your third eye (pineal gland), improving eyesight, and boosting focus and concentration.

The trataka meditation (candle gazing) fosters concentration and a sense of calm. This ancient practice isn’t just about the external flame; it’s a reflection of the inner light within each of us.

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Mystic Santo from our Elemental Whispers Collection is a candle great for candle gazing.

Candle gazing serves as a pathway to mindfulness. Since one of the benefits of candles is reducing stress, the trataka or candle gazing meditation is just the icing on the cake.

A Guide to Trataka – Candle Gazing

Join us as we explore the art of meditation illuminated by the gentle flicker of a candle flame. We prefer a soy candle flame, of course. Not only is this the healthy way of burning a candle, but who wants to partake in a well-being practice and negate it with a toxic chemical candle?

Not us. You shouldn’t either. 

Setting the Stage

Head to a quiet corner of your home, apartment, or any space where you dwell. Adorn your space with the soft glow of a carefully chosen candle.

The ambiance is serene, and the air carries a subtle fragrance, perfect for one of our signature soy candles. This is your sanctuary, your meditation space, where the outside world takes a pause.

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The Dance of the Flame

With your eyes open, preferably keeping your lit candle at eye level, fix your gaze on the flickering flame. The dance of the flame becomes a focal point for your mind, guiding you into a state of focused awareness.

It’s a gentle way to still the mind and let go of the chatter that often occupies our thoughts.

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Finding Focus Amidst the Flicker

As you gaze at the candle flame, the mind naturally begins to settle, as well as your body. The dance of the flickering light captivates your attention, drawing you into the present moment.

Thoughts may come and go, but your focus remains on the serene dance flicker before you.

Calming the Mind and Soothing the Soul

Candle-gazing meditation is a powerful tool for cultivating inner calm. The rhythmic nature of the flame mirrors the stillness you seek within. It becomes a journey inward, a moment to connect with your breath, and your heart, and a chance to let go of the stresses that weigh on your shoulders.

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Enhancing Mindfulness

Amid our busy lives, mindfulness is a precious gift we can give ourselves. Candle-gazing enhances mindfulness by anchoring your attention to the present. The soft glow becomes a guide, gently leading you away from distractions and toward a state of heightened awareness.

Our Signature Touch

For us, as chandlers, candle-making isn’t just a craft; it’s a pathway to tranquility. We would encourage you to use one of our handcrafted soy candles during your meditation practice.

The subtle, clean fragrances and the natural glow create an atmosphere that enhances the entire experience, making it uniquely yours.

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We recommend Lavender Fields and Namaste and if you are into an immersive experience of cleaning and renewal, try our Mystic Santo and Forest Bathing.

These include the unique fragrance note of sage. It is like a comforting embrace from nature, and the tranquility of the great outdoors.

Put Your Candle-Gazing Meditation Into Practice

If you’re a seasoned meditator or someone looking to dip their toes into the waters of mindfulness, consider incorporating candle-gazing into your practice. Whether you want to practice trataka or gaze at the candle, it is the same thing. The benefits will be powerful for you.

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Let the gentle flicker of the flame be your guide to serenity, and may your meditation journey be as illuminating as the candle that lights your way.

Here’s to finding peace in the dance of the flame! 

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