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.
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?
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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Nikki & Mike
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.
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.
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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Nikki from Divine Incense & Aromatics