classify all the materials into the five elements, including wood, fire, earth,
metal, and water. The world we live in teems with these five ubiquitous
elements. The five elements interact with one another, which lead to changes
naturally, and thus we have four seasons. Human-beings should abide by the
rhythms of the four seasons, sowing in spring, growing in summer, harvesting in
fall, and storing in winter. If not, the violation of natural rhythms of rules
can give rise to disorders of all sorts.
Incense ceremony carries the spirit of Zen, also an art that leads us to
retrieve our true hearts. Zen can be interpreted as a way of living, a kind of
spirit, an attitude, or a perspective on something. Through the connection to incense,
we can hopefully enhance our attention, activate our awareness, observe
ourselves clearly, and clarify what stops us from moving forward. By virtue of
incense, we can really nourish our body and mind, transform our negative
thought, enhance our confidence, find our blessings, and connect to the Higher
Incense is the essence of all the beings, while a ceremony can be a way
or method, or even an origin. The apparent ceremony is intertwined with the
content. Hegel once said that the exhibition of art is the realization of
beauty. Incense ceremony is displayed through the related instruments, a series
of activities and rituals. By such doing, we can reflect our own mind and
explore ourselves. And, the initial meaning and the ultimate goal are about the
origin of all the creations.
When we go after something in the outside
world, we actually lose the opportunity to know ourselves. Only by looking
inward into ourselves can we really hear the true voice. That being said, how
do you usually see yourself? Do you connect to your five senses? What do you
hear, see, smell, eat or touch? What things do you respond to? Do you feel
comfortable or relaxed? At the very moment, do you feel peaceful or sorrowful?
Can you perceive your thinking patterns? Are you optimistic or pessimistic?
When you meditate with incense and observe all the above-mentioned, you are going
back to your inner home.
Incense ceremony is above sensory pleasure. It is a beautiful experience
about spirit and mind. It leads us to calm down, merge with the big nature in
the holy universe. If we can cherish each unique encounter with incense and learn to see things on a higher level, we can return to the
perfect origin of life. And, that is the ultimate essence of incense ceremony!
Incense ceremony is a healing journey for
our body, mind, and soul. Let’s travel inwards and meet our true selves.
Natural incense materials have their own
healing properties, which can be activated in the manufacturing, storing, and
transforming process. Incense has a natural power, and it also stores the
information of the universe. Therefore, incense is a precious treasure that can
be used to help balance our body and mind.
Incense helps us heal, recover, calm down,
return to our original state, and stay at ease. God exists inside rather than
outside us. Incense leads us to realize the fact that we are never born and we
never die and that we are neither clean or filthy in essence.
incense can calm us down and add pleasure to our life. Ancient Chinese
literates enjoyed their life elegantly with incense and so do modern
incense-lovers. In the long history of incense, agilawood has been thought
highly of and there is a reason for it. Among the four famous incense
materials, agilawood is considered the best, followed by sandalwood, ambergris,
and musk. Presumably, the value of agilawood is greatly recognized.
Aromatherapy, based on
the use of the all the parts of plants, cropped up in the 1970s and was
utilized to cure diseases. It is believed that aromatherapy can regulate our
psychological and mental functions and subsequently cure our disorders. According
to the director of Polish Aromatherapy Association, aromatherapy can be
operated in two ways:
quality of the herbs determines the quality of incense. In order to make sure
the quality of the incense is good enough, we cannot pay more attention to the
origins, scents, appearances, colors, and textures of the
order to thank all of you for your support of the blog, as the Chinese New Year
is around the corner, we would like to deliver to you our most sincere wishes
based on oriental wisdom through text--our precious incense. Wish you a joyful
and peaceful 2016.
who believe in Taoism, Buddhism, and Catholicism burn incense, and on the other
hand, Chinese tend to worship any god in any temple for good luck. Incense, in
one sense, has become a token with which people deliver their wishes in their
own religious rituals; however, incense is not specifically used on religious
The ingredients found in modern incense
can be roughly divided into two types------natural and artificial. In ancient
China, natural incense was the mainstream, and the ingredients included the
roots, stems, leaves, blooms, fruits, bark, trunks of plants as well as animal
components, such as musk and ambergris.
people do not pay attention to the subtle changes in our five senses; that is
to say, we may feel numb or nothing about the happenings around us. In order to
enhance our sensitivity to all the occurrences, we can manage to enhance our
sensitivity as well as concentration by distinguishing the scents in the
process of appreciating the incense products. For instance, we can lead
ourselves to notice how the smell enters our nasal cavities, lungs, and finally
all over our body. In the meanwhile, we can also manage to distinguish the
changes of the scents in the beginning, middle, and end of the process.
Furthermore, we are also advised to feel how the scents affect our bodies and
emotions. Through such training, we can sharpen our senses step by step and
finally become more and more lucid.
the novices in Tao of Incense, the incense instruments and the way to use them
can fret them more or less, since they may fear becoming a laughing stock. As a
matter of fact, Tao of Incense is a synonym for concentration. For starters, we
should learn to relax, focus, and maintain a playful mindset. Some beginners
are overconcerned, so much so that they appear not comfortable. In such a case,
we may alienate from the incense instruments and the incense, and thus cannot
be involved in the training process.