Hello Flow friends,
Incense has that magical quality that can't be denied, there is something sacred that happens when we light an incense, a moment of reverence, a consciousness shift towards the devotional, just through the simplicity of this ancient ritual.
Today we learn the a little about the broad and diverse history of incense, and how we can use this simple act of lighting an incense as an intentional tool, to help shift our energy and shape our hopes and dreams.
"Life is short, burn the incense and savour the fragrance of the present moment"
The ancient origins of incense.
Incense was adopted by many ancient cultures to evoke mystical ambience, forging a connection to the gods, and to support important spiritual rites and rituals.
Initially incense was used in an indirect form, in cones of resin or oil, and later to evolved into the incense sticks we know and love today.
As Hinduism matured, and Buddhism was growing in popularity throughout India, incense became a crucial part of Buddhism practices as well.
It was believed that around 2000 BC, a group of wandering Buddhist monks introduced the art of incense stick making, (like we use today) at this time they used their own unique aromatics of cassia, styrax, sandalwood for their ceremonial rites.
I think my favourite ancient aromatic combinations would have to be from the British museum achieves, of a Yemeni Bridal blend of saffron, rose, white musk, myrtle and myrrh. So romantic!
How can you use incense to evoke magic in your daily life?
In my home I always burn an incense stick first thing in the morning, I light the incense stick and place it between my hands in prayer, my nine year old son now joins me as we set our intentions for the day, and offer our thanks and gratitude for all the blessing we have in our lives.
I whisper these thanks and affirmations, and then circles the smoke around my head in an act of purification, and place the incense in its holder or in my garden.
"The simple act of lighting and offering an incense can deepen our sense of connection"
Who is Holy smoke and why do we support them? ?
Let us introduce our Holy Smokes founders, a mumma and daughter team, Deborah and Deepa.
"Its been such an enduring relationship from the liberating hippie days where words such as ‘yoga’ and ‘meditation’ were only very discreetly spoken in polite society to the mainstream acceptance by our culture today.
Meanwhile the quality of incense has largely diminished driven by the profit margins, with toxic chemicals now involved.
Our intention with Holy Smoke is to offer a quality incense that restores confidence in such a simple yet potent product that enhances our mindful practices.
The small things in life do matter!
Happily for us, our ‘Holy Smoke’ eco-incense business dovetails nicely with shared passions of travel and embracing different cultures, pursuing our spiritual endeavours in our beloved sacred mountains and rivers of the Himalayas"
I hope you have enjoyed our little journey down the history of incense rabbit hole.
Sending love and blessing till next we meet.