The Dancing Flame

Have you ever watched a candle flame flickering? I love to watch it dancing away, flickering and jumping around…but I really look forward to the moments when it stops dancing and just burns – as still as a statue, but remaining alive and in constant energetic motion, burning hydrocarbons and consuming oxygen. Usually this happens out of the blue for just a brief moment, sometimes for even longer.

I felt like a candle today. I could feel during the moments when my mind or body or both were working hard to achieve a pose or find balance, that inside I felt like that flickering candle, seemingly unable to find stillness. But all of a sudden, in standing bow pose, stillness would happen, the flame would suspend itself, still alive, yet quietly peaceful. Then off it would go again, bouncing away, and I would find myself chuckling as I fell out of the pose.

I was playing with the candle image all through class, when my mind would get restless. I would focus my eyes on my own (since there was a mirror) and picture the flame within coming to rest, and felt quite a profound feeling of peace wash over me each time. When my legs would shake in a pose, I would picture the candle again, and just the imagery would sustain me through the toughest part of the pose and give me strength.

I highly recommend giving this imagery a try in yoga, or even in real life when something appears to get out of control. I am finding that by taking a moment to picture this imagery, I can gain control of my mind quickly and spontaneously, like a dancing candle comes to rest.

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About Fjola Melody

Yogi, DJ, runner, cat lover, coffee drinker! Oh ya and the occasional beer. Life is good!

Posted on January 22, 2010, in Yoga Journal and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’ve been meditating for over twenty years. It has provided the peace of mind to focus on resolving issues for my own physical and mental harmony as well as for those close to and around me. I’ve often used a “calm ocean” visualization. At first, the ocean is very turbulent, then by calming to a smooth glass surface, I sense a multitude of others who have reached the same “ocean”. Then I can go about seeking the solution to the purpose for the meditative session (peace, relationship, health issue, etc).

    I do like the candle visual. Must find a way to incorporate this into my routines.

    Thanks, Fjola.

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