We’ve always tended to associate candles with only festive occasions—gathering around a birthday cake, or celebrating with someone special—but there’s more to them then just celebrations. One of the other powerful ways to enjoy the benefit of candlelight is during a time of stillness and solitude, is by turning off the world and tuning into yourself.
There’s many reasons candles are integral to religious and spiritual ceremonies around the world—the flame’s soft illumination touches the soul. Some people even find they can achieve a meditative state more easily by focusing on candlelight than on a mantra or a mandala. The relaxing effect of candles can be a simple yet sacred tool to help in reducing stress and increasing self-awareness. Bring the tranquil and restorative light of candles into your daily life.
Choosing Your Candles
Here are a few tips to keep in mind to create the most ideal, safe, healthy and tranquil atmosphere:
- Opt for soy or beeswax.Long-term exposure to emissions from petroleum-based paraffin wax candles have shown to pose a health hazard, according to studies. Not only do paraffin candles release unhealthy chemicals as alkenes and toluene, petroleum candles are not a renewable resource. Instead, choose soy or beeswax candles, which are proven renewable, free of toxins and biodegradable.
- Consider your color choice.Candles come in a variety of colors, which are perfect for dressing up a dinner party or backyard barbecue, but when it comes to using them to help calm and center you, always stay neutral. Pastel or plain white candles tend to help you remain relaxed and to focus on the flame itself.
- Take care. To stay safe, always keep candles at least 13 inches away from anything flammable, use sturdy, tip-proof holders, and avoid burning candles all the way down.