Spring,fragrance and new intentions

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Spring
Spring has sprung and nature is treating us to beautiful vivid colours and fragrances, which we have all longed to see and smell after  Winter. Spring demonstrates a freshness which no other time of the year offers ,the frost now begins to leave the earth and the sun gets higher which encourages all the Spring blossoms and bulbs to show its beauty. The balsam scent of the trees is fresh in the air and new sweet grass begins sprout the wonderful essence of blossom is in abundance, clearly to be seen is the remnants of the fallen leaves of the previous season. What better time to plant your positive intentions with both the remnants of the old and new vigor of Spring clearly in sight.
Positive Intent.
There are many ways to make positive intentions, you can make your own dream boards by putting images on a board of what they would like in your future(i.e if you want more money put an image of money on your board or if you would like a new house put an image on your board of where you would like to live). Another way of making positive intention is to imagine what you would like in your future and picture yourself living the experience . I personally like to write a list of aspirations for the year and note down the positive effects these aspirations will have on me and the people around me. Anyway there are many ways to make positive intentions and there is plenty of information on the web on how to do so. When making positive intention it is useful to keep it fun , develop a clear picture of what you want and think what action you can take to make your goals a reality.

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At this time of year I take the time to visualizes what goals I would like to see grow and explore with my imagination what action would help me.
I infuse my goals with fragrance by burning incense as it is a great way of communicating with my unconscious and developing future plans for my memory. Our sense of smell is strongly linked with our memories, so what better ways is there to use our sense of smell to grow new positive intentions for our memories to store. I can also burn the incense every time I want to revisit my goals and give them more detail or help me to stay focused.

My Favorite incense to use is Baieido’s Kokonoe, which is a Japanese incense. Kokone  is inspired by the  Imperial Palace in the Spring time. When burnt it unleashes a bouquet of Spring aromas and reminds me of Cherry blossoms ,daffodils, violets, hyacinths and the sweet-smelling balsam of the trees. In short this incense is Spring in a stick,which is uplifting and energizing .The fragrance has a definite  floral and sweet woody quality to it . What better incense to use to grow and focus on your positive intentions?

http://www.divine-incense.com/kokonoe-incense-medium-box-90-short-sticks/

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Kodo-Listening to the incense

 

Kōdō ( “Way of Incense”) is the Japanese art of appreciating incense, and involves using incense within a structure of ritual. Kōdō is much  like the tea ceremony, is valued as high art — to activities such the incense-comparing games kumikō and shirakawa-koh . Kōdō is counted as one of the three classical Japanese arts of refinement (kadō, or ikebana for flower arrangement, kōdō for incense, and chadō for tea and the tea ceremony), but it is relatively unknown among modern Japanese people.

In this video is the famous Yamada Matsu Incense boutique in Kyoto. Please visit their official website at http://www.yamadamatsu.co.jp/en/index.html

Video courtesy by ShiniseMallChannel.

 

Quick Facts About Agarwood Oil

You always give such great information about Agarwood on your blog.Thank you so much for sharing.
Nikki

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Quick Facts About Agarwood Oil

  1. Agarwood is the most rare and precious wood on the planet, prized for its rich, wonderful and healing fragrance.
  2. Agarwood has also been used in nearly every religious tradition around the world and revered for thousands of years by many cultures as the most treasured incense ingredient.
  3. Agarwoods ability to invoke a deep sense of relaxation makes it extremely useful in any aromatherapy session, but is especially effective where anxiety and depression are present.

Agarwood Aquilaria malaccensis in herbal uses 

Is Agarwood Aquilaria malaccensis a herb? How is it application?

Internally for digestive and bronchial complaints, fevers, and rheumatism (bark, wood). Because of its astringent nature, the powdered wood of the aloes tree provide an effective skin tonic and is recommended by Ayurvedic physicians as an application for restoring pigment in leucoderma.

Powdered aloeswood provides an antiseptic so gentle it is used for ear…

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A little bit of Japanese Hanami in Sunny Somerset

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The beautiful cherry trees are in full bloom in this little part of Somerset and it really does uplift the spirits as we have been through such a wet winter. As I was looking at the stunning blossom along our cherry tree avenue I did enjoy nature showing me such inspirational beauty among the business of our small town .  I later thought how I could understand the Japanese’s admiration for the wonder of the cherry blossom and plum blossom.



Hanami

Hanami is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers, “flower” in this case almost always meaning cherry blossoms (sakura) or plum blossoms (ume).

Blossom and Symbolism

In Japan the Plum Blossom (ume) is known as “The Flower of Peace” and has a very important place in Japanese literature and symbolism.

The cherry blossom (sakura) is a well-known symbol of the end of the winter and the new being of life in the season of spring. Which signifies a great time to start new fresh ventures and appreciate the end of any difficult period .

The blossom of the cherry and plum is extremely fragile and last for such a short time, for the Japanese this signifies the transience condition of existence. This concept ties in very deeply with the important wisdom of Buddhism which often reflects on the temporary nature of life.

Incense and Blossom

Baieido and Shoyeido are two of the best known and long established brands of incense in Japan. Baieido incense established in 1657 and Shoyeido has a long connection with trained incense masters and artisans. Both Incense brands have crafted their interpretation of cherry blossom and plum blossom.

Baieido have created Kobunboku and Kokonoe both in their own way mirror the spring blossom. Kokonoe is definitely the incense if you wish to experience a incense which has a flora undertone. Kobunboku has a certain spicy characteristics and was the first Japanese incense I started with so I have a particular attachment to.

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Shoyeido has produced  Kyo-Zakura (Kyoto Cherry blossom) which I have found to have a tart uplifting quality to it and is one of Mikes (the over half of divine-incense.com) preferences .

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Namaste

Nikki

Japanese Reiki, Rehab and Japanese Incense

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Japanese Reiki, Rehab and Japanese Incense

Japanese Reiki, Rehab and Japanese Incense

Japanese Reiki
Reiki found me in 2007 just when i needed it in my life. I discovered Original Japanese Reiki courses being taught close to where i lived, run by one of the Reiki Evolutions experienced teachers.
Previously i had experienced a Chi-Kung projection healing by a TCM Acupuncturist, this had a beneficial profound effect on me and lead me to research and explore more into energy/palm healing techniques, Reiki being the one that resonated with me the most.
I completed my level 3 Shinpiden course in 2008. This was only the beginning, now i had the training tools/techniques i had learnt that the system of Reiki is an ongoing journey of practising the five elements which make up the system of Japanese Reiki. (The precepts, Meditations & Techniques, Hands on Healing [Tenohira], Symbols & Kotodama [sacred sounds/spirit sounds], Reiju empowerments.) The goal to be self realization-your true self.
Reiki has changed my life, i’m positive, calmer, grounded and life doesn’t seem to faze me like before.
I couldn’t wait to treat others too. Family, friends and pets. I soon volunteered at a charity project to offer the amazing benefits of Reiki and also to gain in experience.

Rehab
For the last few years i have worked carrying out Reiki treatments in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre close to where i live. I normally treat five clients for half an hour each including an initial consultation and time afterwards for feedback.
Clients and myself have found the Reiki experience to be a very beneficial part of their treatment process including easing the discomfort of detoxification & aiding the process. Freeing aches & pains, stress & anxiety reduction to deep relaxation. A lot of clients become so relaxed that they fall asleep on the treatment couch.
I always start from setting the same initial intentions -that it is for their highest good and may they receive what they need. I work from intention and intuition and use a kind of simple freestyle practice utilizing Reiji ho (letting my hands be guided), scanning, Kotodama if a intuitively feel the need to.
Water is always recommended to drink for several days after a treatment to aid the detoxification process.

Japanese Incense
My chosen Japanese Incense for burning whilst treating is Baieido’s Syukohkoku. Syu (Shu) means gather, Koh means incense, Koku means country. The two English translations literally mean “ Gathering of Incense Nations “or “Gathering of Fragrant Countries”.
I find this Incense helps promote deep relaxation and induces a meditative state. Its a ideal accompaniment for Reiki treatments and all the clients seem to love it too.
I’ve observed that the aroma sometimes leans towards the sandalwood component, at other times aloeswood is the dominant role. This is a complex & mysterious fragrance where various notes come in at different times.
The ingredients are Aloeswood, Sandalwood, Cassia and Clove.

Namaste

Mike
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Spring,Incense and Positive Intentions.

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Spring,Incense and Positive Intentions.

Spring, Incense and Positive Intention.
Spring
Spring has sprung and nature is treating us to beautiful vivid colours and fragrances, which we have all longed to see and smell after  Winter. Spring demonstrates a freshness which no other time of the year offers ,the frost now begins to leave the earth and the sun gets higher which encourages all the Spring blossoms and bulbs to show its beauty. The balsam scent of the trees is fresh in the air and new sweet grass begins sprout the wonderful essence of blossom is in abundance, clearly to be seen is the remnants of the fallen leaves of the previous season. What better time to plant your positive intentions with both the remnants of the old and new vigor of Spring clearly in sight.
Positive Intentions.
There are many ways to make positive intentions, you can make your own dream boards by putting images on a board of what they would like in your future(i.e if you want more money put an image of money on your board or if you would like a new house put an image on your board of where you would like to live). Another way of making positive intention is to imagine what you would like in your future and picture yourself living the experience . I personally like to write a list of aspirations for the year and note down the positive effects these aspirations will have on me and the people around me. Anyway there are many ways to make positive intentions and there is plenty of information on the web on how to do so. When making positive intention it is useful to keep it fun , develop a clear picture of what you want and think what action you can take to make your goals a reality.
At this time of year I take the time to visualizes what goals I would like to see grow and explore with my imagination what action would help me.
I infuse my goals with fragrance by burning incense as it is a great way of communicating with my unconscious and developing future plans for my memory. Our sense of smell is strongly linked with our memories, so what better ways is there to use our sense of smell to grow new positive intentions for our memories to store. I can also burn the incense every time I want to revisit my goals and give them more detail or help me to stay focused.

My Favorite incense to use is Baieido’s Kokonoe, which is a Japanese incense. Kokone  is inspired by the  Imperial Palace in the Spring time. When burnt it unleashes a bouquet of Spring aromas and reminds me of Cherry blossoms ,daffodils, violets, hyacinths and the sweet smelling balsam of the trees. In short this incense is Spring in a stick,which is uplifting and energizing .The fragrance has a definite  floral and sweet woody quality to it . What better incense to use to grow and focus on your positive intentions?

http://www.divine-incense.com/kokonoe-incense-medium-box-90-short-sticks/

Japanese Incense-Shoyeido Moss Garden/Nokiba

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Shoyeido- Moss Garden/Nokiba

 

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Like a child waiting for Christmas

 

I’m always the same when I am waiting for the order of incense. I’m like a kid at Christmas waiting for the day to come or in my case waiting for the delivery, especially if there is something new or a Japanese incense I have personally run out of. This brings me to my review of Shoyeido’s Moss Garden/Nokiba which I was expecting a delivery of.

 

I’m not going to pretend

 

I love Moss Garden and I can’t pretend I don’t , there are other incenses in the Shoyeido range that I’m not so keen on, as personally I am more of a Baieido incense girl. I will try and stay impartial and not go too overboard for this review but it may be worth taking into account my passion for quality Japanese incense

 

What do I say?

 

Moss garden has a seductive, feminine and floral scent to it without being to flowery or sickly. I feel Moss Garden has warm and earthy under tones to it but if you’re looking for the strong earthy feel of Sandalwood or Agarwood then in my opinion this isn’t the Japanese incense for you and you would be better with Baieido -Tokusen (Excellent) Kobunboku, http://www.divine-incense.com/tokusen-excellent-kobunboku-incense-medium-box-85-short-sticks/.

 

I have heard others describe Moss Garden of being reminiscence of Geishas and Japanese tea ceremonies, which evocate strong images of mystery and sensuality which I can compare to Moss Garden. Moss Garden invites you to take time and notice it’s delicate scent and enjoy it’s beautiful aroma.

 

 

 

What does Shoyeido say?

 

Moss Garden is one of Shoyeido’s oldest recipes and is said by Shoyeido to be mild and evocative of plum flowers blooming by the window. I have never had the pleasure to smell plum flowers blooming next to a window and I can’t really say it is an image to inspire my imagination. I can’t say this description of Moss garden does it for me but it may for you.

 

Your review, Your incense

 

This a review of one of the Japanese incense we sell but I would be really interested to hear from others what incenses you burn and what you enjoy about them.

 

Nikki

 

Ten Virtues of Koh (Incense)

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                        Ten Virtues of Koh (Incense)

                        It brings communication with the transcendent.

                        It refreshes mind and body.

                        It removes impurity.

                        It brings alertness.

                        It is a companion in solitude.

                        In the midst of busy affairs, it brings a moment of peace.

                        When it is plentiful, one never tires of it.

                        When there is little, still one is satisfied.

                        Age does not change its efficacy.

                        Used everyday, it does no harm.

                                                          -A poem from the sixteenth century-

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Namaste

Nikki & Mike

Mindful Moments with Japanese Incense

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Time to listen , slow down and have five minutes to myself

I truly love Japanese incense for many reason and one of those reasons happens to be it allows me to develop my own little practice of mindfulness. I am truly one of those people who thinks being more mindful will benefit me but I never get round to the practice of it. At times I would sometimes moan to myself about my lack of effort to mindfulness so what I did was developed my own 10 min mindful practice with Japanese Incense. This mindful practice is easy for me to stick to as I love the nature Japanese incense as it invites you to notice it through it intricate layers of scent. Unlike Indian incense, Japanese Incense has little or no smoke and tends to be more refined than Indian incense. Japan has a long established relationship with incense and is considered to be one of its sacred art forms.

The Ritual                                                                                                          

My Rituals is very simple. I always tidy the focal point where I’m going to burn the incense for me this is usually the fire place but it can be where ever you have space  . I light a candle and then light the incense with the candle flame. I let the incense burn with a flame for a few seconds and then gently wave in the air to extinguish the flame so that the incense is now glowing as an ember rather than as a flame. I then find myself a comfortable spot to sit,  relax down and begin.

Experience

I light the incense and wisps of delicate fragrance fill the room teasing my senses by offering pockets of fragrance for me to find .Drifting by this beautiful incense gradually unfolds, from moment to moment I can smell the different elements in this complex incense. As each aroma travels past me I have your own desire for wanting the scent stay but it drifts by and another element of scent is released. I relax, enjoy, unwind as the incense continues to unfold it’s essences, for these beautiful 10mins I have been able to have time away from all other demands.

For the love of incense of Japanese Incense

I’ve always found that the choice of incense is important. Certain kinds of incense can produce a very calming effect or build positive associations with that particular incense, this has helped  me to relax and quieten my mind and develop my own mini  retreat-like atmosphere at home.

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Thanks for stopping by

Nikki from Divine Incense & Aromatics

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