"Lighting a candle for a particular purpose or intention is practiced worldwide from people of all walks of life, varied spiritual leanings, and a diverse array of religions. Lighting a candle symbolizes bringing light to our wishes or desires. A candle can be lit as a prayer for peace or a request for healing."
How do you feel about candles?
I have loved them most of my adult life. I love the scented ones most, and my favorite candles always smell like baking or dessert. Vanilla cookie, cinnamon stick, sticky buns, Christmas cookies.
And you might not think that those would be your go-to scents for a spiritual practice, but as I am always after sweetness, they represent what is sweetest about my connection to life.
Or you might think about the idea of connecting to the sweetness of your relationship with the divine.
"Lighted candles are reflections of our emotional self and help to illuminate our hearts when we feel burdened. You are invited to reflect on whatever is resonating within you at this the moment." - same source
You can use candles, scented or not, in many different ways in your hygge spiritual practice. Lighting a candle is considered a good way to begin, and blowing it out a good final step in your spiritual ritual.
I like the idea of making a wish as you blow it out. Or, of blowing it out right after you end a prayer. As a sort of punctuation point.
How might you use lighting a candle as a way to begin?
See you next time!