Mindfulness in essence is the focusing on the present moment, allowing thoughts to come and go without judgement, while being aware that neither the past or the future is as powerful as the now.
I believe it is a practise that can be done anywhere. We breathe everywhere. No need for special music, cushions or spaces.
When opportunity opens it is nice to try new ways of being mindful. A beeswax candle has a warmth in its glow that welcomes the eye to relax. With your eye in the sight line of the candle focus on your breath. When your mind begins to wander, move your focus back to the golden light of the candle. Keep repeating this for the length of time you plan to set aside for the activity. Sometimes our minds are so busy it is hard to quiet them. Perhaps then try noticing the flicker of the candle, be aware of how your breath moves with the flicker or not.
When we breathe and focus on the candle we are using a part of the brain called the insula, and the intensive process of visualisation uses the visual cortex. Two different parts of our brain are at work. There isn't space in that process for the train of thoughts we normally have. The candle helps us in this exercise to be in the moment. Experiencing the now.
Dr. Karen Holan
I am a mother, teacher, researcher, writer, beekeeper and candle maker; working very hard at being more present for every moment. I believe the bees and all of the natural world has so much to teach us. Playing in this craft of making candles and products with positive vibes is an absolute delight! Warm wishes from our hive to yours. May you visit and feel welcome here always.