We all are more than familiar with the romantic candlelit dinners. But do you know something about Candlelit meditation? Yes, this is a kind of meditation using candles. Such meditations have been practised since the invention of candles from 3000 years BC. In today’s world, where people are full of stress which influences our day-to-day activities, meditation helps in reducing those stress by diminishing the production of stress-related hormones like cortisol and by increasing the production of good chemicals like serotonin. So what is so special about this candlelight meditation and the techniques to practice it will be discussed in this article.
Candlelight Meditation – Trataka
Candlelight meditation is called Trataka. Trataka is a Sanskrit word, which means “to look” or “to gaze” is a meditation technique that involves focusing the eyes and the mind through intent but relaxed gazing. Initially, this practice is done with open eyes on an external object. It is also called tratak which is one of the six purification techniques of Hatha yoga. Other objects may also be used, which includes a dot on the wall, an object of worship, flower, mountain, rising sun or moon. However, a flame is believed to work best.
How to Practice?
- Light a candle and sit at least one meter away from it with the flame at eye level.
- Focus the gaze on the flame and keep your gaze there without blinking for as long as possible.
- As different thoughts arise, acknowledge them and then return to focus on the flame.
- When the eyes start to well up and if tears flow then close your eyes and focus on the after-glow of the flame, bringing awareness to the third eye point.
- Keep meditating until ready to come out of the practice.
Techniques for a better experience
- Visualize the flame as a source of love and light.
- Visualize the flame burning away your impurities.
- Consider it as a present-awareness exercise.
- Strengthen the muscles around the eyes and can alleviate nearsightedness.
- Eliminates insomnia and improves the quality of sleep.
- Clears the mind, removes distractions, and improved concentration.
- Improves mental stability and reduces anxiety.
- Boosts willpower.
- Develops intuition.