One of the most simple meditations that can be done is candle gazing, but just because it is simple doesn’t mean that it isn’t important. If your looking to develop your spiritual disciplines, then you will not get very far if you haven’t mastered the art of concentration, or focused intent.
Many people struggle to master even a basic level of concentration, without concentration it would be almost impossible to gain an education or learn a skill. The trouble we face is our minds are always talking and worrying about so many different things that are not even relevant to what we are doing.
If your anything like me, your mind never shuts-up, I have tried many different techniques to help tell my mind to shut the heck up. I am getting better, but to be honest I still haven’t perfected it yet. Candle gazing is a simple meditation exercise, but it is also effective if you take the time to master it. Show candle gazing the respect it deserves and it will help unlock your mind and you will benefit many times over.
How to candle gaze.
It would be helpful if you can find yourself somewhere quiet to perform the candle gazing meditation, I would suggest that you do this either early in the morning or before you go to bed, as long as your not overly tired.
Follow these simple steps.
- Find somewhere comfortable to sit, either on the floor or on a chair.
- Make sure that you sit up straight (not un-naturally) this helps with your breathing and helps keep the energy flow unrestricted throughout your body.
- Place the candle in front of you at about arms length, making sure that the flame is at eye level.
- Spend a few minutes relaxing your body with deep breathing, remember it’s not a competition so keep it natural.
- This step doesn’t need to be here, but someone will complain that I missed the step about actually lighting the candle! (sadly we live in a world that seems to lack common sense..sigh)
- Now simply stare at the flame, allow the flame to occupy your mind, watch how the flame moves, the colours contained within the flame. Watch the energy given off by the flame. Don’t try to analyze what you are seeing, just watch. If you have any thoughts enter your mind, just acknowledge their existence and let them go and return your concentration back to the flame.
Have fun with your candle gazing, try and perform this daily for at least 21 days. Remember to write down any experiences you may have, or inspirations that you receive.