When you are experiencing depression or confusion about anything in your life, whether in your spiritual practice or in your everyday activities, light a special, long-burning candle to dispel the darkness that clouds your soul. Whenever you see it, think of it as the beginning of a new light, a "living flame of love" that burns in your own heart and grows stronger as the candle declines. When the candle is spent, clean the holder and use it as a vase for flowers.

Tom Cowan in The Way of the Saints