To 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.
Occasionally, in the process of presenting Tao of Incense, the presenter may have too high expectations, worrying too much about his or her skills or the details involved. Consequently, his or her body language can appear stiff. The only solution lies in repetitive practice and focused breathing. As long as the presenter becomes more experienced, he or she can easily manipulate the whole process.
Once you become one with Tao of Incense, your body can become lighter and lighter and your actions can be increasingly smooth as well as tender. On the other hand, your mind can be more and more peaceful, as if you were wandering free in the universe. Under such circumstances, an incense spoon is no more an incense spoon but a part of your body. And meanwhile, the incense ashes are no longer ashes but a part of you as you touch the ashes with the incense spoon. Naturally and consciously, you will know well about the temperature, humidity, density of the incense ashes, and you will also know how much strength you should impose on the instruments. You may have to level off the incense ashes, but you will do it without any concepts and have no idea who is the one doing all these things. You will simply slide into serenity.
The foundations of Tao of Incense include breathing consciously, relaxing your body, and letting go of your emotions and thoughts. Only by relaxing and freeing yourself can you merge with the incense, the incense instruments, the process and the space in order to become one with the activity and experience the ultimate spirit of Tao of Incense.