As the saying goes,
“It was the true light that enlightens every man who comes into the world.”
St. John, 1:9.
Light gives hope and that is why it is still practice till today that people lit candles on a daily basis and during bedtime. It is also a practice to use a candle to lit another with the thought of passing on blessings.
We tend to associate candles with festive occasions—gathering around a birthday cake, or enjoying a meal with someone special—but there are many calming effects of candlelight.
One of the more powerful ways to enjoy the beauty of candlelight is during a moment of stillness and solitude, when you turn off the world and tune into yourself.
CHOOSING YOUR CANDLES
Here are a few things to keep in mind to create the ideal safe, healthy and tranquil atmosphere:
- Opt for soy or beeswax as it’s not harmful to health.
- Add your own aromatherapy. A pleasing scent can be extremely soothing, but skip artificially scented candles (which contain petroleum-based synthetic compounds) and go for those infused with natural essential oils.
- Consider color. Candles come in a rainbow of hues, which are perfect for dressing up a dinner party or backyard barbecue, but when it comes to using them to help calm and centre you, stay neutral. Pastel or plain white candles can help you to remain relaxed and to focus on the flame itself.
Create your own altar using a shelf, table or other surface in a well-ventilated area. In addition to one or two candles, you may want to include objects of relevance that inspire or relax you—crystals, seashells, figurines, flowers and/or plants, personal mementos, photos or other images, written affirmations. Spend a few moments each day, either as soon as you wake up, or just before bed time, sitting quietly in this space.
Having a water fountain is an excellent add on as the sounds of the water helps to bring peace and stable the mind.