The past few days we’ve been exploring different tools that enhance meditation and mindfulness. Here’s another one: staring at a candle.
Have you ever sat around a campfire and stared at the dancing flames? Or felt a sense of calm wash over you while watching a roaring fire in a fireplace? That’s what you’re hoping to achieve while starting at a candle.
And, of course, it starts with breathing.
This video goes on for three hours. No way do you (or I) have to go that long. See if you can watch for five, ten, maybe fifteen minutes. Just breathe and watch. With each breathe, let tension melt into the flame. If thoughts of your hectic life arise, let them drift away. Don’t encourage them, don’t focus on them. Breathe.
Another technique to try is “soft eyes.” That means you’re focusing, but not a bug-eyed hard focus – like you do when staring at a computer. Instead. Close your eyes. Hold them closed for one or two deep breathes. And slowly open your eyes perhaps half way. Keep breathing.
Campfire songs and roasted marshmallows optional.
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