I don’t know about you, but for me, lighting a candle is the quickest way for me to get quiet and filled with awe. Do you also have that sensation? Knowing that, it is easy to see how meditating with candles is so hypnotic and fulfilling. And isn’t there something that is just so primal and comforting looking at a flame?
I have always loved the concept of the light of fire for clarity. So learning to candle gaze is another form of going deep inside. It is a practice that we can all do. It has the benefits of higher concentration and lowering stress. Are you ready to try it?
WHAT IS CANDLE GAZING?
Candle gazing is also known as Trataka from the Sanskrit, which means to look or gaze.
The idea of candle gazing according to Wikipedia, “is By fixing the gaze the restless mind too comes to a halt. It is said also that control of the ciliary (blink) reflex stimulates the pineal gland, which Kundalini Yoga identify with the third eye. Trāṭaka is said to enhance the ability to concentrate. It increases the power of memory and bring the mind in a state of awareness, attention and focus.
In other words, starring at a candle flame reconnects and brings our monkey mind to a quiet space. There will not be thoughts running a marathon through our brains. And through this process our ability to enhance our concentration will be significant.
One way to do it is to place the candle at least three feet away. And make sure the flame is at eye level. The practitioner then sits and stares at the flame. Focusing on just the flame. Keep our eyes there for at least a minute. Then take a minute break. Do this again and do it for 3 minutes of starring with a three minute break.
You will feel several sensations, One is of full concentration. And another is that you will start to see moving colors. And slowly you will feel this sensation of slowing down and full body calming.
After you have completed the 3 minute gaze, compare the sensation of how your eyes felt. And the sense that your third eye was really the one seeing the flame.
Using this technique is another way to enter into the stillness of your mind. After you have practiced this several times, you will find that it become easier to go deeper into the meditation itself.
This is also a good time to ask a specific question of your inner truth.
It is also a great exercise that can strengthen your eye muscles. Please note that this is not about straining your eyes in any way. It is actually relaxation for the eyes.
5 BENEFITS OF CANDLE GAZING
1. Improving your eyesight
2. This is an extraordinary exercise for calming your thoughts and lowering your blood pressure
3. Improving your concentration
4. lowers your stress level
5. amazingly enough it helps to lessen emotional and physical ailments
As you keep practicing this method of concentration, it will lead you to a place that you could easily go into your own meditation routine. Whether it be breath or visualization, or mantra, candle gazing leads the way to a deeper and easier relationship with your own meditation practice.
Some say even that after doing the candle gazing, you will be so relaxed that sleep will come in a much more relaxed and healing form.
One of the aspects of meditation that I have fully experienced is the capacity to let go. Not to hold on to thoughts, or stories or mind chatter.
Candle gazing also helps with learning how to be in that space of letting go.
When we also make room for not holding on to the drama of the day or the thoughts that clutter our minds, we are more likely to hear our wise inner voice talk to us. That voice is the connection we truly seek.
I do hope you are willing to try this practice. Especially since it has such great psychological and physical benefits. And it is fun.
Let me know what you think of this practice and if it works for you.
Using this practice of candle gazing or Trataka, we have the ability to enhance our concentration and lower our blood pressure and stress level.. It is an exercise of great calm. For me doing this exercise takes me to a place of such expansionism. I know that I am truly connected to the Universe when I am candle gazing. Because this process allows my brain a break. There is no thinking. There is only stillness and possibility,
EckhartTolle describes this sensation of letting go of the 3D world, as stepping into Inner Spaciousness. I love that concept . To me it awakens the sense of openness and expansive sense of connection.
I hope if you have not tried this exercise before you will truly enjoy using it. If you have experienced this before, I would really like to hear what you felt while doing this.
Candle gazing is the exercise to go to if you are in a place of stress. It will lower your blood pressure, enhance your concentration and even strengthen your eye muscles.
I wish you great success with this exercise. Do fill me in on your experience please!
In peace and gratitude,