Perhaps some might question whether this is a blessing, but bear with me….
For many years I lived my life in a vacuum - focused on work and not making time for the joy-filled aspects of life. My head was either staring straight ahead at a computer screen - or the traffic in front of me. I did not look up nor sideways. I did not pay attention to the other sensory details around me, like sounds or smells. I rarely listened to music - preferring the silence to help me focus - and I never considered lighting a candle. Enticing those other senses seemed so silly - such a waste of time and money.
There is a saying "All work and no play makes Molly a very dull girl" and it is truth. I was one-dimensional and very close to burn out. I have a good friend who burns candles all the time - all over her house. I love going there - I love the pleasant aroma that transforms an ordinary house into a welcoming home. So...I began to buy fragrant candles, but never seemed to light them. I have no idea why. Was I victim of scarce mentality - if I lit them and used them up I would have no more candles? Or was I afraid I might forget to blow them out before bed and burn down the house? I have no idea… but candles were not for me.
But this summer I was introduced to tartlets and electric warmers. The scent is strong and wafts through the entire house; there is no flame, so the danger of an accidental fire is greatly reduced. And since the tarts last about ten hours, I can easily change fragrances with my mood, rather than having to wait to use an entire candle before trying a new scent.
Today the Yankee Candle store had a half price sale on these lovely tarts, and I took full advantage. I purchased tarts that will remind me of fall and Thanksgiving, as well as those that will carry me through the Christmas season and winter months. I even treated myself to this new holiday warmer.
I now breathe slower and deeper. I allow the soft sounds of music, whether classical, jazz or Mumford and Sons, penetrate my thoughts and enrich my focused attention. I light a tart and recognize the faint smell of cinnamon or peppermint or hazelnut which allows me to enjoy the mood rather than ignore its existence. I am learning that life is made full and complete as we engage all of our senses… and I desire to make even the most mundane task enjoyable by adding a few simple pleasures to life.