Candle Meditation

Fire is one if the primary forces of the universe, and has long been worshiped as a medium of prophesy and as a means of inspiration.  In earlier times, meditating on a burning candle was believed to help you connect with the spirit within.  Not only is a candle aesthetically pleasing, but it is a constant source of comfort, especially if you are feeling lonely, upset, or depressed.

Sit in a comfortable position, either in a straight-backed chair or on a cushion on the floor.  Place a new white candle in front of you and light it.

Perform one of the Basic Relaxation Exercises described in the other sections, paying special attention to your breathing.

As you breathe, observe the lighted candle as a symbol of hope and life.

If your thoughts wander, try not to follow their trail.  Gently bring your mind back to the flame.

After ten or more minutes, conclude your meditation and extinguish the candle.

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