Meditate with incense

Oct. 29, 2021

Incense can be used for many different purposes, including aesthetic, religious, spiritual, meditative and cultural reasons. Choosing a high-quality incense will allow the incense to maintain a long-lasting fragrance for hours after it is extinguished.

Whether you use frankincense to help relieve anxiety and depression or lavender to reduce stress, incense can have a strong impact on our mental state.


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Meditation

1. Find a comfortable position and light an incense stick.

2. Focus on watching the smoke as its trajectory curls and drifts upward. Allow yourself to become immersed in the different paths and patterns that the smoke begins to take.

3. If other thoughts enter your mind, gently bring your attention back to the smoke trail left by the incense. Stay only in the present moment and enjoy the simple and elegant presentation.

4. Keep the process going for as long as possible (given the time you have available and your ability to focus). At first you may only want to spend five to ten minutes a few times a week, as your ability to focus and stay present grows, extend your training time and try the exercise more frequently.

 

Tips for using incense safely

1. Burn incense in a well-ventilated room to avoid smoke buildup.

2. Keep lit and unlit incense fires away from children and pets.

3. You should not burn incense if you suffer from asthma or respiratory problems.

4. Pregnant women should consult a doctor before burning incense.

5. Consider using a Himalayan sea salt lamp to help purify the air while burning incense.

6. Place your incense sticks in a suitable incense burner to collect ashes as they fall. Trim the sticks as needed to ensure proper fit.

7. Light the end of the incense stick until a flame builds. Let it burn for a few seconds to make sure it lights properly.

8. Do not place next to an open window as the breeze may blow your stand and burning incense stick over.

9. Gently extinguish the flame by blowing or spreading it out.


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