Just wanted to send out a cool discovery I made last night while meditating. Instead of simply sitting in silence like I typically do while meditating, I decided to try something new. If you are having trouble with meditation and would like help, here’s an idea! Obviously it may not work for everyone, but it was the best meditation session I’ve had to date, and I was able to filter through a lot of negative thoughts during it.
1. Sitting on the floor against my bed I sat a small candle directly in front of me with all other lights off
2. Using headphones, I listened to one of the hundreds of mindfulness meditation sounds available on Youtube (seriously there are so many)
3. I simply focused on the candle and let my mind slow down.
It was really cool to me how the more I focused on the candle burning the more my eyes were unable to focus on anything else around me, the candle became the sole focus of my visual attention. Also, flame is an incredible majestic thing to watch, and it intrigued me every time it moved. The music helped me zone in on the flame and eliminate all distractions.
What I found was, I was able to feel the negative feelings that came around, and then let them go with deep breathing and calm acceptance.
Have any other meditation tips and tricks?? Any success stories? lemme know :)
Thanks for reminding me of this practice! I did a 3-day yoga retreat in Pokhara Nepal one time, and every night we did a 30 minute of candle staring meditation. (the goal was actually to not blink at all, not sure the benefit of that is.) For focus, it worked fantastic. There is something in the randomness in the flame that gives one the perfect context to relax. I’ve also noticed this with bon fires. It wouldn’t surprise me if this is related to the safety we must have felt during our evolution.
Definitely going to try meditation with my focus on a lit candle. It’s a great idea. While having campfires I often find myself staring into the fire and getting lost in its randomness without being able to look away, and the heat just adds to the relaxation
Hi Martjin, i have tried to stare into the sun for one hour straight (it was already sunset but still, sun in the tropics). Its fantastic and it doesnt hurt your eyes at all. of course i would not recommend to do this when the sun is high up. I found that when i did it it burns away a lot of stuff and i just kept on smiling into the sun, awesome! and I felt a lot of pressure on the third eye.
I do mediation by watching my mind itself. I will be observer of my mind , my minds thoughts . At some point you will reach the state where there is “no mind” like clear sky with out any clouds. I feel meditation is to reach the state of “No Mind” . Happy Meditation !
I learned this only after I developed a steady concentration practice (first breath, from the belly, to the nostrils) and then I could move up to the space of the mind. The first time I experienced the no-mind was amazing, huge bliss. (I learned this from B. Alan Wallace, a student of the Dalai Lama. You can find some of his videos online.)
Check this audio lectuer http://www.oshoradio.net/Emusic/Osho%20Radio%202014-12-29.mp3