• Maree Mcmanaway

How to light up your life, in the winter

Hello and welcome to this read I appreciate you. Together we are beaming

So how can we light up our days/nights/life? One suggestion is to become a candle lover,and light up your life

I'm a "smell-a-holic"! I love fragrances, baking, coffee,cut grass, and so on... So while winter continues to barricade us indoors, and yearn for 1st lights of spring surges, consider lighting a candle. Some see a candle as symbolic to the Sun, and with so little sun around it’s a nice consolation, while we wait. Candles have been used as a source of light for over 5000 years. Originating from the Egyptians, who made torches by soaking the core of reeds in melted animal fat.The ancient Romans are known for developing the wicked candle by dipping rolled fibres repeatedly in melted beeswax. Back then the candles were used to light their homes, to aid travellers at night, and in religious ceremonies.Candles were commonplace throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. Candle makers were known as Chandlers hence the name of chandelier for our now ceilings came about.

What Scent of A Candle Do You Enjoy? We all know that inhaling a scented candle gives that beautiful luxurious feeling often signalling to us that it's time to create a peaceful moment as you light it and a moment of joy at the end of a hard day. Or perhaps provoke a romantic connection. They can also be useful to hide the dust and help you tune into being at one with your home or self.

1. Candlelight promotes focus

Candle burning can be used as you meditate. Candle light everywhere is also the symbol of joy and of life-giving power. Because candlelight is gentle, not overwhelming on the eyes, like sunlight, lighting a candle in a dark room makes shadows and angles more gentle, thanks to the warm softness of a candle flame. Your mind can focus and concentrate better as a result - and when you stare into a flame this is a lovely way to be calm, sit quietly with yourself or a companion to create a space for kind conversation about what you may struggle to do in bright light. TIP: You can also use this method when sharing with young female adults (teenagers)

2. Rather than reaching for alcohol or similar; candles can be used as a reward,or a soothing gift, a treat to buy yourself after a productive week, or a soothing gift to share with another.

3. Scent is connected to memory The most powerful of our five senses comes from our limbic system - scent/smell... Many smells are connected to our memories, and choosing aromas you love can connect you better to yourself and the things that make you happy. Revisit and reminisce the best parts of you with your favourite scents.

4. Your mood can change based on scent Not only is your sense of smell connected to memory, it’s connected to your emotional receptors as well. Certain aromas tend to promote positive emotions in everyone - scents like lavender and rose stimulate a sense of calm where lemon and orange are uplifting. Sandalwood can be very grounding and sensual.

5. Candles express your personality Choosing your own candle expresses something about you. An aromatic beautiful candle will accentuate any room and help create an atmosphere. Whether you love flowery scents, woody scents, or something in between, lighting a scented candle marks your space as your own and engages you with your spirit.

Always use candles in safe ways, and avoid leaving lighters about for little hands.

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