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June 17, 2019 3 min read

Candles are very symbolic. They are used on many festive occasions. Whether you are celebrating your birthday or having a romantic dinner with your significant other, candlelight can add a certain spark to the occasion.

Candles are used for religious and spiritual ceremonies all over the world. They are used symbolically to honor the gods and saints. They are also lighted to commemorate the souls of those who have passed on. When one says a fervent prayer, they usually also light candles of different colors that have different meanings.

Other than those mentioned above, candles can actually be used for multiple reasons due to their calming effect. Candles, when lighted, can evoke feelings of solitude and tranquility. They can help reduce stress and increase self-awareness. In fact, some people, like Yoga experts and meditation practitioners, make use of candlelight to achieve a meditative state more easily.

Candlelight Essentials

Now that you know about the calming effects of candlelight, here are a few things you should keep in mind when trying to create a safe, healthy and tranquil atmosphere using candlelight:

Aromatherapy - What better way to make use of candlelight than to add your own aromatherapy? The good thing about candlelight is that it can give off incredibly soothing and pleasing scents. That said, you can go for candles infused with natural essential oils and ditch the artificially scented ones. You’ll get more soothing benefits from a single whiff of essential oils than you would from the chemicals of artificially-scented candles. You can also use aromatherapy candles that reduce the stress hormone cortisol if you really want to relax in the candlelight.

Candle Color - A candle’s colors are often symbolic. Certain colors do have meanings. But when it comes to using candlelight to calm and center you, it’s best to go for neutral options. Pastel or plain white candles are ideal. They won’t distract you as these colors aren’t too ceremonial in nature. Instead, they can help you to remain relaxed and to focus on the flame shining brightly atop the candle itself.

Candlelight Relaxation Rituals

Now that you’ve chosen the right candles, you can incorporate candlelight into the various aspects of your daily routine. This is one way to create pockets of peace that can keep you calm whenever and wherever you need it.

In the morning or evening- You may want to create your own altar using a shelf, table or similar surfaces where you can light one or two candles. In addition to these, you may add items like crystals, figurines, flowers, personal mementos, photos, or written affirmations. These objects can help inspire or relax you. Once your altar has been set up properly, you may spend a few moments each day to quietly sit in this space and focus on the flames as you light the candles. You may do this as soon as you wake up or just before bedtime.

In the bathroom- Plenty of people light candles in their bedrooms or living rooms to relax in the evening, but have you ever considered watching the flames dance in the bathroom? Some people want to relax by soaking themselves in a bubble bath. If you’re one of these people, try turning the lights in your bathroom off and bathing by candlelight instead. With the warm water, soothing candlelight, and a perfect ambiance, you won’t have any trouble relaxing after a long, hard day at work.

At work - You can also consider lighting a candle on your desk at work. Why not? It would be a good idea for you to take a few moments to relax despite your heavy workload. Light a candle on your desk and focus on the flame. You need a brief hiatus to save yourself from crumbling under the stress of your job.

While exercising- Finally, you may consider adding candlelight to your exercise routines, particularly if you are practicing yoga, tai chi, or qi gong at home. The calming effect of candlelight can help you relax your mind and body. They will allow you to concentrate better and help you get centered.

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