There are candles, and candle holders, throughout our home. We bought some at IKEA when we moved in. Others were given to us by friends. I adore candles. They pair perfectly with all the other things I love, like getting cozy, and having tea, and dim lighting, and darkness, and ambiance.
I barely ever light them.
Lately, I’ve been making an effort, though. We recently bought a fairly endless supply of matches, so we’re no longer rationing matchbooks from restaurants. When we have friends over for dinner, candle lighting is usually the final touch before they arrive. When I’ve made a meal I’m proud of, I’ll sometimes remember to put lemon in the water and hold flame to wick. And often, when I meditate, I’ll light a tea light in a glassybaby. It brings intention to the moment, because I remember to do it, I decide I’m worth the care of a moment to light a candle, and then I actually do it.
If you’d like to care for yourself with candles in an extra special way, you can light a beeswax candle. Unlike paraffin candles, they don’t pollute the air in your home. They also burn longer. (I’m totally requesting some beeswax tea lights for Christmas.) But if you don’t have beeswax candles, that’s fine, too. The ones I’m using up now are paraffin. After all, I live in New York City. I’m sure worse things happen to my lungs all the time.
In the northern hemisphere, we’re heading into prime candle-lighting season. The nights are longer, and we’re craving the crackling warmth of a flame. Candles bring life and softness to a season that begins to look harsh and icy as the last leaves drop. It’s one of many ways we can intentionally bring warmth to our lives.
What do you do to bring bits of intention to your days? How do you warm your soul when the world gets cold?
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