I didn’t realise how much of a difference candles make to the apartment and my own mood until I tried it one of the first dark December days a couple years back. To some people, this may seem obvious, but to an Aussie expat living in Romania – candles and Xmass don’t go together unless you feel like intentionally starting a bush or house fire in the middle of summer. Candles create an instant ambience to any room and somehow lift your own ‘inner light’. Ok so I’m going to get a little spiritual here without getting religious – let’s just make human connections to our relationship with fire. Not only does it bring warmth to our inner being, the fire gets our food cooked which increases the flavour and amount of nutrients or stomach can break down and absorb out of the food. It would be very hard to live without fire in this modern age. Whatever religion you are involved in or spiritual practice, there is normally a ceremonial lighting of a candle or flame, which is then extinguished when people conclude their ceremony. Perhaps the connection we have with a flame reminds us that we are not alone, even when we are the only person in the room. I’m just talking about the feeling of not being lonely here, take whatever meaning you wish. This is just my take on it.
Despite the differences in beliefs about candles/ flames and light, the feeling is unsurpassable. Have you ever just stopped and stared at a candle flame? It’s great for centring a chattery mind and they bring a lovely sense of calm without being sleepy. For the readers and researchers, you can find great articles online for candle meditations if you would like to know more about this practice and the benefits. Best way to know is to give it a go yourself and see how you feel.
Does anyone have any recommendations on where to get candles that only have natural oils for the smell in Europe and contain no synthetic nasties?