Growing up in a Mexican-American family in Houston, velas were a connection back to our roots. The lighting of velas was a tradition lovingly passed on from the matriarch of our family, Buelita (grandmother) Dora. We lit them in times of gratitude, hope or need—each vela had a unique purpose.
As a mother, daughter, friend and wife, I’ve lived my life one vela at a time. Job interviews, births, deaths and celebrations—every event had a vela. And I’d find myself often getting a vela and telling my loved one, “te prendi una vela” or “I lit a candle for you”.
With the birth of my second child, I found out about the toxicity of paraffin candles. And when I couldn’t find non-toxic velas to burn in our home or to gift, I taught myself how to make them. What began as a dream has turned into a purpose full of meaning. A purpose to share this beautiful tradition and encourage others to create a peaceful and conscious space for themselves.
Our velas can light up a room or a situation with peace and compassion. As with anything else, the universe returns what you share.
Open mindfulness and manifest positive energy. Find gratitude for the little things.