I am a useless meditator, if meditation demands I sit still doing nothing with my eyes closed. I would far rather lose my time in crochet, or knitting, reading or walking. But I recognise that time spent out of time is really valuable to a being.
- Reduce stress
- Improve concentration
- Increase self-awareness
- Increase happiness
- Slow aging
- Benefit cardiovascular and immune health
Seriously, what’s not to like?
So when I seek to meditate I often use one of the many aids available now. I love the apps, Buddhify and Headspace, both of which are on my phone and available for free on IOS and Android. Choose your time, choose the issue and away you go with a guided or unguided meditation. Grand if you’re on the move.
But at this time of year I very often feel the need to disconnect from everything electrical. I don’t want my meditation to rely on a battery, or to be guided. That’s when I grab a candle, find a quiet space in the dark and practise a candle meditation. At its most basic, it’s sitting looking at a candle in silence or sound (you decide). The article, The Hypnotic Lure of Candles, gives you several other ways to use a candle meditation, such as burning off stress, clearing out impurities or contemplating the infinite nature of a flame. It’s very centring, and sets me up for the next step in my life.
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