Light is essential to our existence. Without it, there would be no plants, no crops, no animals, no us.
For thousands of years, the rhythm of human life was dictated by light – by sunrise, sunset, the moon and, later, by fire. Nowadays, the prevalence of electricity means it’s easy to take light for granted, but it’s no less vital to our health and wellbeing.
Light not only illuminates our day-to-day tasks, it shapes our mood. Sometimes it’s calming, signifying peace, warmth, comfort and safety. At other times it revitalises us, giving us energy and awakening our senses. And if we don’t get enough of it, we can soon feel sad, lethargic and lost.
The soft glow of an AKI oil lamp is particularly special. It’s an antidote to the harsh blue light of the screens that dominate our modern lives. A light that our ancestors would have known. A light that links us with our past and our future.
On an emotional level, it’s a light that allows us to step away from daily pressures and focus on ourselves. The gently dancing flame encourages us to slow down and find a moment of calm, quiet contemplation. In its presence, we can connect with our inner emotions and improve our spiritual wellness – a dimension that’s so often forgotten amid the hustle and bustle of these complex, uncertain times.
On a physical level, the light of an AKI lamp creates a warm, relaxing atmosphere. It helps us escape from the digital world, unwind and live in the present moment. It sparks a sense of wonder, revealing the hidden beauty in our surroundings – not only in the areas it illuminates, but in the pockets of darkness and shadow it leaves behind.
It’s also a light that offers companionship – a gentle, reassuring presence that guides and soothes us, without intruding on our thoughts or disturbing those precious moments of stillness and tranquillity.
There are many small ways to encourage more light into our lives. By incorporating it into our daily rituals – perhaps burning an oil lamp when we meditate, or when we sit down to journal or read – we can improve our self-care. Light has the power to enhance our mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing, if only we take the time to notice it. Begin your journey into the light, and let it nurture your mind, body and soul.