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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?


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.[2] It is said also that control of the ciliary (blink) reflex stimulates the pineal gland,[3] 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.[4]

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.


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.

In her book, Shanti Gowans, Sitting Beyond Thinking, the author speaks about the need to let go and be in peace.




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,

Founder of Success-full-living.com,the online community for heart-centric living



  1. I enjoy coming to your site. You post such wonderfully relaxing articles. This is an awesome article – as usual. I love candles and see how the exercise of candle gazing would help you totally relax. Both the instructional videos are helpful so that you are executing the techniques correctly to get the full effects and benefits of it. How often should someone practice candle gazing for relaxation?

    I will definitely try this for relaxation and share with others.

    Once again, thank you for sharing this very relaxing and meditative practice.


    1. Hello Yvette, I am so thrilled to be able to chat with you again. It is so lovely that you keep coming back. Did I mention that I am very grateful? I think the primordial sense of our connection to the flame is one that is deeply embedded in our sense of peace. Practice doing this meditation probably three times a week would truly strengthen all or our senses, along with the benefits of stress reduction. I look forward to hearing how this goes for you? Do you think you will try it?
      In peace and gratitude, ariel

  2. There is something magical about a flame. It is never in the same spot twice. Always moving, the flame captivates the eye with its dance. Your article has me think more about flames.

    It sounds like a great addition for someone who regularly meditates. Thank you for sharing and I hope you have a great day!

    1. Hello Alex, I am enchanted by your description about flames. I so do agree. And thank you so much for stopping by. It is a pleasure to meet you. The concept of flame of course is so primordial. We are fed in so many ways by this light. So it seems a very deep and natural way to engage with our deepest self. Let me know if you try it. Would like to hear what you are thinking about with flames. So grateful you are here.Looking forward to chatting again. In peace and gratitude,ariel

  3. Hi Ariel, I love the concept and the thought that you shared. When I was a young, I used to love staring at a candle-lit fire. It has this calming effect on me. Now, giving perspective to it, I now understand why. It has been a while since I’ve done it but I will consciously do it again now that I know. Thanks for this. =)

    1. Hello JR! It is so lovely to meet you. I know! I think the primordial sense of fire is our connection to the awe of the Universe. It is really quite spectacular isn’t it? I would really like to hear how your experience with candle gazing goes.. I hope it works as a relaxer and soother for you. Or whatever your experience might be.
      Thanks so much for dropping by. I look forward to chatting with you again. In peace and gratitude, ariel

  4. Ah Eckhart Tolle. Got to love him! I must have read The Power of Now about 5 times.
    I really like the idea of candle meditation. Have you ever heard of using this to induce out of body experiences?

    1. Hello Ian! Yes indeed I am a big fan of Tolle. Have you tried the candle meditation? Yes I have heard and experienced using flames to induce out of body experiences. Although, I always think they are not necessarily out of body, but rather connecting to the expansiveness of the Universal divine.
      I am really glad you stopped by for a chat! Hope we get to talk again soon!
      In peace and gratitude, ariel

  5. This is great Ariel. I practice Soul Sync Meditation from One World Academy (on YouTube) regularly. But I usually do it in a dark room. I do have to tell you I love the idea of using a candle. I will try it and let you know how that goes.

    1. Hello Marcus, so happy you stopped by. I really want to hear how using the candle works for you! I hope we get to chat more often. Wishing you blessings of joy and flowing abundance. In peace and gratitude, ariel

  6. Thanks so much for the reminder Ariel. I used to meditate using a candle years ago when I attended a particular yoga class. These teachers moved out of the area and reading your post reminded me of this practice and how beneficial it was. Thanks for including the videos too.

    1. Hello Fleur! Did you find it relaxing and stress reducing? I am so happy to hear you thought it beneficial practice. Do let me know if you start doing it again. Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope we get to chat again soon. Best wishes and flowing abundance to you.

    1. Hello Savita! Thanks so much for stopping by! Yes, amazing, huh? And it is so healthy on every level. Do try it and let me know. Best wishes and many blessings. ariel

  7. Hi Ariel, Wow this was an amazing thing to read for me as it made quite a few things click into place. I used to love staring into candles in a dark room, it always made me feel at peace and I never quite realised why. I totally understand what you mean about that feeling of primal connection.
    Now it all makes sense. I meditate most days but forgot about the connection with candles. I belive this will change my meditation practice for the better, and help me go deeper (which is something I often struggle with) Thanks for this as I really needed to hear it. Strange how the law of attraction brings you what you need, when you need it. I am off to buy some right now. Peace 🙂

    1. Hello Stefanie! I am so happy to meet you. Thank you for dropping by. Really? Wow that is fantastic. I hope you will share with me how working with candles goes for you. The Universe never disappoints does it?? I hear you. I would suggest that you might consider not using the word struggle in connection with going deeper. It is not that is harder, for me it was the process of letting go and totally surrendering.

      Have you heard of Mooji? He is a great example of teaching that when we are no longer in our thoughts, we are then in our inner truth. In that space there is no attachment, connection or need to interact. It really helped me get to a place where ease lives. And I am so happy to be there. I hope we get to chat again soon. In peace and gratitude, ariel

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