Life has been feeling a little heavy lately, hasn’t it? Everyone at school and work has been cray-cray and exhausted. My loved ones are feeling overworked and stressed. My own blog has been missing the usual silver-lining; I feel I’ve been fixating on the hard stuff (my OCD), and forgetting to also document the good stuff. Time for me to blog about a happy mindfulness moment, but where to start? I found my inspiration in the first thing I decided to do when I got home tonight: light a candle.
My mother bought me a jumbo-sized Yankee Candle for Christmas, the Christmas Cookie scent. Have you thought about how amazing candles are lately? I think part of the allure might be the beauty and power of something as primitive as fire; it’s captivating and soothing to be near, like a mini vacation from the artificial and man-made things we surround ourselves with. Candles seem to say “Take your time”. A room bathed in candlelight just feels better than a room with glaring fluorescent lamps (confession: I fancy fire so much, I have been guilty of playing the yule log fireplace DVDin the winter). Nothing humans can craft or manufacture could ever beat what nature has to offer; it’s pretty hard to match the majesty of fire, trees, and lightening, don’t you think? What’s awesome about candles is that you get to harness that little bit of nature on the end of a wick, in a glass jar, in the comfort of your room.
It also helps that minutes after lighting my candle, my room smells like someone has been baking sugar cookies in it all day. As you know from my previous post about cupcakes, the smell of baked goods induces euphoria in me. (My boyfriend said I should get a perfume that smells like donuts. I laughed at him, but I think he might be onto something!).
Best of all, how wonderful that something so simple, accessible, and cheap as a candle in my room can help anchor me to the present, providing me with instant relaxation.
In conclusion, I bring you a quote about candles (and perhaps optimism) ! 🙂
There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle.”
– Robert Alden