22 December – Mindfulness advent challenge

Let your heart be light

One of the things I love about long dark nights is the flickering lights of candles and fires. Gazing into the flame of a candle makes me feel rested and calm.

Candle gazing is an ancient practice called Trataka, and it helps increase concentration and improve memory.

The invitation today is to meditate by gazing at a candle flame for about 5-10 minutes. Afterwards it’s helpful to lie down with your eyes closed for about 5 minutes to come back to full awareness.

Candle gazing meditation

Choose a quiet and darkened space, away from distractions.

Place your candle with the flame around your eye level and sit comfortably with your back straight.

Stare at the candle and let it be the main focus of your mind. Keep your gaze steady even if your mind starts to wander or your eyes start to water.

If you blink or your mind wanders, simply return your attention to the flame.

As you gaze at the candle, breathe. As you breathe in, focus on the sensation of the light flowing into you.

When your meditation is complete, lie down and close your eyes for five minutes.

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