mindful

The Power of Presence

We can easily get caught in the current of everyday life. Shifting to autopilot, we run from meeting to meeting without a still moment. In the midst of attempting to balance our home, work and personal lives we sometimes forget to stop and smell the flowers.

Have you ever found yourself cooking dinner while on a work call but thinking about how you have to pick the kids up from school? This is proof of the lack of presence in your life. Practicing mindfulness can entirely change your daily habits and lifestyle for the better.

Zen Proverbs tell us, “When you’re eating, eat. When walking, walk.” This is the trick. To train your mind to focus on only one thing at a time creates constant presence in your life resulting in bliss and inner peace.

Becoming entirely aware of your surroundings will ground you and bring you to the moment.   “The moment you are aligned with now, you become the space for Now. When you consciously become that space, you are free. The power of Now suddenly comes through you,” -Eckhart Tolle, Practicing Presence in Every Moment of Your Life.

Creating a mindful lifestyle doesn’t have to be a chore. We’ve established 5 tricks to harness the power of present: 

1.)    Awareness. Bringing yourself to awareness of your present moment is the first on our list. Observe your surroundings fully. Browse the details around you. Use your senses to smell, taste and feel your surroundings.

2.)    Embrace. Embrace simplicity. Try not to think about the future. Enjoy the little things by embracing what is happening now. If you must prepare for the future, write a list - store it away and get back to your now. 

3.)    Breathe. We usually start our mornings with meditation. If you don't meditate, take a private moment to take 3-4 breathes focusing entirely on your breathing pattern. When inhaling say, "I am." When exhaling say, "We are". Repeat this mantra. This is a small reminder that we are one.

4.)    Pause. Every so often, take a moment to pause what you are doing and look around you. Take notice of the time of day, your surroundings, the weather. This brings you back to Earth while offering a moment of solitude and peace.

5.)     Reflect. At the end of each day, reflect on your successes and your struggles. Recite the day. Learn from the day, then move forward. This practice will help you be more conscious the next day. 

To live more completely in each moment, we recommend meditating with our CLARITY aromatherapy candle to achieve acknowledgement of your NOW. Namaste friends! View more @ThePureCandle on Instagram.

 

Wherever you are, be all there.
— Jim Elliot


Meditating with Intention Candles

Peace. Prosperity. Health. Love. Clarity. These qualities all describe what we want more of in life. But what if you can have all of this just by meditating? While the well-known Law of Attraction originally inspired our Intentions Collection, meditation invokes our practice. Manifesting the life you want is just as simple as setting your intentions and visualizing yourself with your particular desire. We’ve found visualization to be most successful during meditation.

Every day, after coffee has been made and the morning rush dies down and before even diving into the day’s tasks, I set aside time for meditation. I select an Intention for the day, typically Peace or Health, my personal preferences. I light my Peace candle and turn on the soundtrack “Meditation by the Sea” and situate myself in the Sunroom, my favorite room in the house. I let the morning sun in and begin my visualization.

When attracting peace with the Intentions candle, I let the room fill with the scent of essential oils patchouli, white spruce and sage and allow my mind to drift to my serene place. To bring peace to my day, I meditate while visualizing myself in a calm and harmonious setting, usually sitting near a waterfall or lake. I embrace the sounds of the waters and allow peace to become the setting for my day.

Once a visualization is set, I allow my mind to go completely blank by focusing on my breathing, scent and physical feeling. I direct my attention to the scent of the candle, the warm sun filling the room and embrace my other senses aside from thought, allowing my mind to clear while remaining entirely peaceful.

Though I typically set Peace as my intention while using the candle for meditation, you can set so many other intentions for your day though meditation. For example, if you would like to attract more Health into your life, begin your visualization with an image of yourself manifesting strength and wellbeing. If I am attracting Health into my life, I will meditate and visualize myself hiking, canoeing or engaging in a strenuous physical activity that would require great health.

Enjoy the entire Intentions Collection for your Meditation practice, including Intentions Love, Prosperity, Health, Clarity, Healing, Peace, Joy, Inspiration and Gratitude.


Meditation Photo via Huffington Post