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Feng Shui Tips for Your Meditation Room to Enhance Your Meditation Practice

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When choosing a place for your meditation practice we should pay attention to different aspects. First of all, we all try to make sure that our meditation space is quiet and private so no one can disturb us. Secondary, we usually try to turn our meditation room into our sacred space that helps us to go deeper into meditation and recharge our energy. Most of us use candles, incense, crystals, etc. to enhance the energy of our meditation rooms.

In this article, I want to share with you some effective tips on how to properly organize your meditation place so it can help you to enhance your meditation practice. Maybe you already follow some of these tips but maybe some of them will be new for you. Anyways, I hope you will find something useful for yourself in this article.

Tip #1: Choose a Proper Location for Your Meditation Room

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It’s best to meditate in a special room designed just for this purpose. If you don’t have a special room try to at least find a special area of one of the rooms. This area should be quiet so no one can disturb your meditation.

When choosing your meditation area I want you to pay attention to these two Feng Shui recommendations:

  1. Try to make sure that your mediation room/meditation area is NOT located directly above or below a kitchen, a toilet, or a heave piece of furniture.
  2. The best location for your meditation area is in the back half of your house.

Tip #2: Choose a Proper Color and Decor For Your Meditation Room

The decor should be calm and soothing. Try to use Yin colors for decorating the room. Yang colors (such as red, for example) are not recommended. Keep in mind that Chi should flow easily and smoothly during your meditation practice. Therefore, give preference to a minimalist approach to furnishing.

Tip #3: Create Your Altar

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Meditating while facing an altar is very calming and enhances your meditation, prayer or mantra chanting. Of course, it’s the matter of preference but if you’re deeply involved in spiritual practices you probably should consider creating an altar.

The presence of sacred objects or figures such as Buddha, Jesus Christ, Quan Yin, Tara, Ganesh, Shiva, or your own particular deity or saint makes your altar and space unique to you and very special. You can place crystals, angels statues, flowers, and any other objects that help you feel more connected with your spiritual path on your altar. The choice should be 100% personal!

However, do be sure that your altar does not share a wall with a toilet, a kitchen. Also, make sure that there is no toilet directly above your altar!

Tip #4: Capture Auspicious Chi

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When you meditate make sure that you orient your sitting or lying position using proper direction according to your Kua number. This means that you should face one of your most auspicious directions. If you don’t know your Kua number check out my article “Everyone Should Know Their Kua Number! Here Is Why”.

If you’re meditating in a sitting position then your face should be turned towards one of your auspicious directions (according to your Kua). But if you’re meditating in a lying position then make sure that the top of your head is facing one of your best directions (according to your Kua number).

I’m wishing you continued success your meditation practice!

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Katya Ki is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Feng Shui Master, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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Osho Meditation “Sufi Whirling”: A Powerful Method for Body and Mind Liberation

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Osho Meditation “Sufi Whirling” is based on an ancient Sufi technique. While the whole body is moving, you can witness your center being silent and still. Sufi whirling is considered to be one of the most powerful ancient techniques. It is so profound that even a one-time experience can be life-changing for you! If you want to achieve body and mind liberation, to freely express yourself, heal your heart chakra and improve your breathing, then Osho meditation “Sufi Whirling” is a great technique for you to try!

“Sufi whirling is one of the most ancient techniques, one of the most forceful. It is so deep that even a single experience can make you totally different. Whirl with open eyes, just like small children go on twirling, as if your inner being has become a center and your whole body has become a wheel, moving, a potter’s wheel, moving. You are in the center, but the whole body is moving.” – Osho

I Bet You’ve Done It Before!

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Sufi Whirling meditation requires the body to spin with outstretched arms while the mind is centered and still.

Whirling is normal for all children when they are innocent and full of joy. Didn’t you whirl around when you were a child? I bet you did! Do you remember how you were spinning with your eyes open when you were a child? Spinning as if your inner being has become the center and your whole body has become a moving wheel? You were centered, but your whole body was moving.

Without even knowing you were practicing Sufi Whirling meditation! We all did it spontaneously when we were children but as we grew up we seem to lose this spontaneity. That is why it is said that the dance takes us back to the repressed sensations from our childhood. And from my own experience, I can tell you that this technique is one of the most effective ways to heal your inner child!

What Does Sufi Whirling Represent?

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The dancer is destined to whirl as the Earth around the Sun and so achieve harmony with the Universe itself. As the planets themselves rotate so the dance is performed spinning from the left side (which is the heart side)!

Traditionally, people wear a long white skirt for performing Sufi Whirling. A white skirt represents purity and its length enhances the circular motion of the dance. The long flowing skirt begins to spread naturally and fan out as the movement increases in momentum.

The spinning itself creates invisible, colorless, pure and transparent energy. The swirling skirt begins to move in endless waves and your aura envelopes the body in the same way as the sun bathes the Earth in its light.

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It is recommended not to eat or drink anything for three hours before Sufi Whirling meditation. It is better to be barefoot and in loose clothes.

Meditation is divided into three stages – whirling, relaxation, and celebration.

How To Perform Osho Meditation “Sufi Whirling”?

Stand still. Cross your arms until they touch your shoulders – as if you are hugging yourself. Start moving very slowly. At the same time, spread your arms very slowly and gracefully – like a bird spreading its wings. Before they reach out, caress your face with them as a touch from the Divine.

Stage 1: Whirling (45 minutes)

Keep your eyes open and feel the center point of your body.

Lift your arm to shoulder height, with your right palm up and the left palm down.

Start turning around in a counterclockwise direction – at your own axis. Let your body be soft. Start slowly and after 15 minutes gradually increase the speed. You become a whirlpool of energy. Try to feel a storm of movement but at the same time make sure that the witness at the center is silent and still.

Gradually your eyes de-focus and the surroundings will become a whirl. As you move faster, you become more still inside.

Stage 2: Relaxation (15 minutes)

Let your body fall to the ground. Roll onto your stomach immediately so that your navel is in contact with the earth. If you feel discomfort lying this way, you can lie on your back.

Feel your body blending into the earth, as if a baby pressed to the mother’s breast. Keep your eyes closed and remain passive and silent for at least 15 minutes.

Stage 3: Celebration

Gradually, get up and join the celebration dance. Or you can sit still if you want.

After Whirling

Most people perspire while whirling. Therefore it is recommended to drink a couple of glasses of water after whirling.

Music for Whirling

Obviously, Sufi music is needed for whirling and this genre has a great deal of Arabic and Persian flavor.

Side Effects

It is quite common to feel disorientated, dizzy or nauseous during or after Whirling meditation. It is said to be an essential part of learning the dance and preparing the dancer to enter the state of ecstasy known as “mystical intoxication”. The intensity of such effect may vary from person to person.

However, there are some tips that can help you not to experience these side effects.

Whirling does not make you dizzy if you start slowly. You should move very slowly and remain at one point without moving away from it.

Whirling does not make you nauseous if you have not eaten a heavy meal just before you start.

The Bottom Line

Some people go on whirling for hours – as long as the bodies allow them. They do not stop on their own. When you’re practicing whirling a moment comes that you see yourself utterly still and silent. You become a center of the cyclone. Around the center, your body is moving, but there is a space which remains unmoved – that is your being.

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Mantra Meditation: a Magnificent Tool For Inner Transformation

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In this article, I want to share with you another kind of meditation, which is perfect for both – beginners and experienced practitioners. This meditation is mantra meditation. This type of meditation is based on mantras and it is a very powerful tool for self-transformation and self-development. But before I start talking about mantra meditation, I want to clear up what mantra is.

What Is Mantra?

In my article “What Is Mantra? Discover Three Types Of Mantras That Transform Reality” I have already written about what a mantra is. In this article, I’d like to continue my explanation.

The word “mantra” can be broken down into two parts: “man” and “tra”. “Man” means “mind”, and “tra” means “transport” or “vehicle”. In other words, a mantra is a tool of our mind – a powerful sound or vibration that we can use to enter a deep state of meditation, to connect with the Universe, and make our energy vibrate on the higher frequency.

Generally, a mantra is a syllable, word or sentence that is used in meditation to focus and free our mind and achieve a certain mental state.

Mantra is a sacred verbal formula that contains higher vibrational energy and information. It is able to transform our consciousness and help us in our spiritual development. Each mantra has its own meaning, purpose, and vibration.

The most powerful mantras are those that contain the names of Deities. It is believed that when we pronounce the names of Deities we enter into contact with them and activate their power which can help liberate and bless us.

Mantra’s Benefits

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When we are using mantras for our meditations it helps us to enter a special state of consciousness in which we clear our mind from intrusive thoughts, images, emotions, and anxieties, that is, mantra practice helps to delve more deeply into a meditative state.

Moreover, each mantra carries a deep sacred meaning and purpose such as to bring health, love, prosperity, protection, peace, and joy into our lives. Being repeatedly chanted, mantras reveal their power and, connecting with the energy our intentions, are able to change our lives for the better.

In addition, the vibration of sound created by mantra affects our physical bodies. This manifests itself in relaxation, stress relief, energizing and strength.

Most Popular Mantras And Their Meanings

At the initial stage of mastering of mantra meditation, it is better to use mantras that are not too complicated, the ones that are easier to remember and easy to chant. Here are some of the mantras that you can use for your mantra meditation.

OM

This mantra should be pronounced as AUM. Chanting this simple yet powerful mantra will help you to feel unity with God and the Universe.

OM MANI PADME HUM

This is the mantra of the goddess Quan Yin – the goddess of mercy and compassion. This mantra is universal and its chanting has many benefits, such as:

  • cleansing effect;
  • success in all areas;
  • calming effect, etc.

OM NAMAH SHIVAYA

It is believed that the five syllables of this mantra contain the energy of the entire universe. This mantra consists of five syllables which represent five primary elements:

  • “Na” represents Earth element;
  • “Ma” represents Water element;
  • “Shi” represents Fire element;
  • “Va” represents Air element;
  • “Ya” represents Ether element.

These five syllables also relate to the chakras – from Muladhara to Vishuddha.

Chanting this mantra purifies our energy and promotes inner transformation.

To learn more about this powerful mantra read my article “Destroy Your Illusions And Manifest Your Reality With Shiva Mantra”.

OM GAM GANAPATAYE NAMAH

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This mantra is one of many thousands of mantras that are chanted daily around the world. Ganesh mantra allows you to overcome obstacles to success and wealth and helps to succeed in business. In addition, it gives you powerful protection while traveling.

To learn more about Ganesh read my article Attract Wisdom, Success, And Prosperity With Ganesh Mantra.

OM SHREEM MAHA LAKSHMIYEI NAMAHA

This mantra allows you to purify your karma. Chanting this mantra also helps you to focus on business studying and contributes to success in creativity. It also promotes harmony in the family, helps to gain wealth, health, luck, wisdom, compassion, virtue, and self-knowledge.

To learn more about Lakshmi mantras read my article “Boost Your Abundance And Business Luck With This Lakshmi Mantra“.

OM MAHADEVAYA NAMAHA

It is a magical mantra that unifies us with the Divine. By chanting this powerful mantra you will remove all negative energies from your path, receive the support of your guardian angels, and powerful protection from enemies.

OM SHANTI OM

By chanting this beautiful mantra you will bring light and joy into your life. It will protect you from evil and bring peace to your heart.

OM NAMO BHAGAVATE VASUDEVAYA

This is a mantra of purification. It gives spiritual enlightenment, self-realization, awareness of higher values, success in all endeavors. Vasudeva is one of the names of Krishna. The Name Vasudeva is translated as pure consciousness.

OM NAMO NARAYANAYA

“Narayana” can be translated as the totality of all living beings and their place of residence, their refuge. This powerful mantra gives protection and preservation. It helps to remove ignorance and negative emotions.

MAHA MANTRA

In this sacred mantra, we appeal to the three names of God. “Hare” – to the divine energy, and Krishna and Rama – directly to God. The very words “Krishna” and “Rama” mean the highest bliss, and “Hare” is the Supreme divine energy of bliss, which helps to reach God.

The main benefit of this sacred mantra is that its regular listening and chanting clears the heart from negative emotions and from bad habits and lust.

The Text:

HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA
KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA
RAMA RAMA HARE HARE

Mala Beads

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When you’re practicing mantra meditation mala beads can be very helpful. Mala beads help to dive deeper into the meditative state and maintain concentration. And with the help of mala beads, it is convenient to count how many times you have already repeated the mantra.

Traditionally, a mantra is being repeated 108 or 1008 times during a meditation session.

Mala beads can be different. They are made of various types of wood, plastic, stone, glass, seeds and other materials. A number of beads also varies and depends on the religion they serve. Beads can have separators (larger beads that divide the beads into steps) and pendants (for example, a cross, OM symbol, Hamsa hand, etc.).

Interestingly, the regular usage of mala beads can help in the treatment of joints diseases. This is due to the fact that when you’re touching the beads with your fingers you activate fine motor skills of your fingers.

Recommendation For Your Mantra Meditation

Before you start performing a mantra meditation, I would like to give some recommendations that will help you to build your practice correctly.

#1 Pronounce all the sounds of the mantra clearly

Keep in mind, that every single sound and syllable of the mantra has a deep meaning. Therefore it is so important to correctly and clearly pronounce all the sounds of the mantra.

#2 Learn the mantra by heart

It is best to practice mantra meditation with your eyes closed. This will help you to relax and dive deeper into the meditative state. Therefore it’s best to learn the mantra by heart so you don’t need to read it from the piece of paper.

#3 Choose a mantra according to your intention

When working with the mantra, it is important to know what exactly you want to achieve. Imagine as if you have already achieved it. If you do not have a clear intention (abundance, love, health, etc.), then use universal mantras or mantras that you intuitively feel attracted to.

#4 Chant the mantra in accordance with your inner tempo and rhythm, steadily and quietly

The mantra should flow like a song – without any tension, discomfort or rejection.

Mantra Meditation

There are different techniques that you can use for performing mantra meditation. In this article, I want to share with you the four most popular ones. You can choose either one of these techniques or you can alternate or mix them. It’s totally up to you!

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Mantra Meditation Techniques

#1 Chanting a mantra in your mind, in a whisper or aloud

This technique of mantra meditation is quite simple.

Before you start performing mantra chanting, choose a suitable mantra for yourself, memorize it and get your mala beads.

Take a comfortable position for your mantra meditation. Make sure to keep your spine straight. Take your mala beads and close your eyes.

According to the ancient tradition, you should hold the mala beads with the thumb and middle fingers of your right hand. Touch the beads with your thumb, and slightly twist each bead from side to side, the middle finger acts as a support. Do not touch the mala beads with your index finger.

Touch the first bead, say the mantra one time. Now, move the bead with your thumb and middle finger. Touch the second bead and say the mantra again. So you will go full circle, that is 108 times.

Come out of the meditation gradually. Open your eyes. Track your feelings and emotions. Stay a little more in this state.

#2 Chanting mantras with a concentration on the breath

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This technique is also very simple. Usually, people use the OM mantra for performing this technique.

So, take a comfortable position with your back being straight and close your eyes. As you inhale and exhale, say the OM mantra aloud or in your mind, stretching the sound for the entire inhale or exhale.

You can perform this technique by setting up the alarm or guided by internal sensations. You can use the mala beads to count the number of mantra repetitions. One inhalation and one exhalation count as one repetition.

#3 Mantra listening

Simple listening to mantras also has a beneficial effect. You can find online a huge number of video and audio recordings of mantras performed by various musicians. Just choose the one you like and use it for your mantra meditation.

Take a comfortable meditation pose (by sitting with your spine being straight or laying on your back). Close your eyes. Relax your body and focus on the mantra. You can stay in this position as long as you want. If you fall asleep, it’s ok. The mantra listening will relax you very deeply and you will wake up full of energy.

I often do this meditation when I put a face mask on my face. I need to keep the mask on my face for 15-20 minutes. So why to waste the time when I can use it for my spiritual benefits? I turn on the mantras, get comfortable, close my eyes, relax and rest. After this session, I feel very relaxed and joyful.

#4 Group mantra meditation

An example of such meditation is OM chanting.

In short, OM Chanting is a very ancient healing technique that is performed in a group and uses the cosmic vibration of OM sound to heal people and the planet.

When performing OM chanting collectively, the healing power of OM sound increases. Feelings, thoughts and negative energies dissolve, transform and change under the influence of the healing power of OM. Emotions get released. Inner peace, happiness, and love get attracted. This powerful meditation leads to a more joyful life, supports good health and helps achieve inner harmony.

Conclusion

Try different techniques of mantra meditation and soon you will definitely see wonderful results of this practice in your life and notice amazing inner transformation that will lead you to inner peace. Your emotional state will become calm and joyful. You will become a light that attracts good people and good luck.

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Read This Before Buying Or Using Incense For Your Meditations

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Since ancient times, incense has been used in the East, Egypt, Babylon and America for healing, meditation, cleansing houses, and temples. Recipes of their preparation were passed down from generation to generation. The scope of their application has not changed much to date: incense is used to treat various diseases, to disinfect the air, for meditation, as an offering, for ritual ceremonies, and also just for enjoying their pleasant fragrance. But do you know how to choose and use incenses properly? Let me share with you the guide for using and shopping for incense!

Different Kinds Of Incenses

Incenses can be different in their form:

  • mixtures,
  • briquettes,
  • sticks,
  • pyramids,
  • oils.

Moreover, they can be different in composition.

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Oil Incenses

This kind of incense has two components in their composition:

  • the base, which perfectly absorbs essential oils and is capable of smoldering;
  • the oil itself or the composition of oils.

You can find oil incenses in the form of sticks, plasticine or lace.

Oil Mixture Incenses

The composition of oil mixture incenses is not only oil-treated coal-based but it can also include honey, melted butter, powder plants, and manure (if you’re vegan you don’t want to buy this kind).

Herbal And Floral Incense

Incenses of this kind are calm and closer to natural odors. They are good for aromatherapy as a soothing agent.

Honey And Dung Incense

The production of honey and dung incense goes back to antiquity. They were used during the time of Ramayana. The main difference between honey incense is that they have a barely noticeable sweet flavor that accompanies the main smell. Honey incense is used for aromatization of premises, aromatherapy, as well as for Pujas.

Most people feel weird about using dung incense. Indeed, for us, dung is considered to be bad-smelling and unclean. Our opinion about dung is very different from the meaning of the ancient scripts. And these scripts say that on the basis of cow manure not only incense can be produced (which, it should be noted, does not smell like manure itself) but also medicinal products. To distinguish manure incense is possible only by external rough appearance and the dense smoke emitted when it’s burning.

Camphor Cardamom Or Camphor Itself

The disadvantage of this kind of incense is that the quality of it slightly decreases, but the aromatic and medicinal properties remain longer. Camphor incense is good for body detox, as well as to cleanse space from spirits and negative energy. These incenses have immune-strengthening properties and contribute to the prevention of respiratory and epidemic diseases.

Cone-Shaped Incense

In the middle ages, cone-shaped (sandalwood) incense penetrated into Europe, where they were appreciated and were burned exclusively on major holidays. Cone-shaped incense is made by pressing a mixture of aromatic herbs, or with the addition of a small amount of fir resin, juniper, and other plants or without fastening additives. It is important to note that these incenses have the shape of a pyramid. This is a huge advantage, as the smoke released during combustion has more energy than the smoke from other incense. The method of application is similar to that of other incenses.

Lace Incense

It is another bizarre form of incense. It is a coil of slowly smoldering hemp rope impregnated with some essential oil. Here it should be noted that the aroma is very, very extraordinary: the duet of burnt hemp rope with a burnt sandal or red tree. In India, lace incense is in great demand among traders and, apparently, buyers too, in particular at vegetable markets. Street hairdressers and shoemakers are among the “gourmets” of this fragrance. To date, in majority other countries, the lace incense has not found a place of application.

Powdery Incense

Their composition is exclusively natural, the replacement of natural components with the chemical would be obvious. For the most part, powdery incense is made in Tibet, although in ancient times in Russia the same incense was used to fumigate patients. Also, shamans use herbal powders in their rites. But they are rarely used for Pujas. With the departure of the Egyptian, Babylonian and ancient Greek civilizations the tradition of burning loose incense in the temples have exhausted.

Chinese Incense

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Chinese incense is characterized by a subtle mystical aroma with subtle transitions of one scent to another. This group is dominated by sandalwood and floral fragrances without a basis. Chinese incenses with bamboo sticks are less common. Ancient Chinese invention is the spiral – thin unbonded incense, swirling in a few circles. In China, it is believed that they should burn clockwise, creating an “energy column” so that through it the cosmic message descends down to man. There is a huge variety of colored Chinese spirals, which have a unique, wonderful and delicate aroma, used in various rites and for purification.

Tibetan Incense

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Tibetan incense is a unique masterpiece of the ancient art of healing and worshipping Deities. It plays an important role in aromatherapy medicine. The secrets of making Tibetan sticks and powders have reached our civilization from the depths of centuries, and today these ancient recipes are passed down from generation to generation. In the fullness of time in the highlands of the Himalayas people collect manually all the necessary herbs. Further, these herbs are subjected to thorough ecological expertise and control over the observance of the quality. In ancient times, wise Tibetan monks collected these divine herbs in the mountains for meditation, worship, and treatment. Despite the fact that Tibet was captured by China and the Tibetans were destroyed by the masses, this sacred art lives to this day. The descendants of Tibetan monks moved to India and Nepal, continuing the ancient tradition in a foreign land.

To prepare their magical compositions, herb collectors had to climb the mountains on secret paths known only to them, and collect herbs, roots, and minerals there. As their land was occupied, they returned and the production of incense was carried out in India and Nepal. Unfortunately, most of the Tibetan incense is not carefully enough milled, which slightly complicates the process of burning and the intensity of the smoke. The composition of Tibetan sticks usually includes up to forty components. These fragrances do not have a bamboo base and gradually change their scent when burning, adding new notes to the original scent.

Brief Inscence Guide

If you are a fan of agarbatti, you may find it useful to find a brief guide of fragrances, which contains the characteristics of scent and their psycho-emotional benefits, which will make it easier for you to choose the right incense.

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AMBER

This aroma is resinous, sweet, warm, joyful. It enhances the element of fire in the body, warms the heart, makes it kind and compassionate. It improves mutual understanding between people.

ORANGE

This aroma is gentle, light, sweet, cold. It relieves depression, fear, irritability; treats cramps, insomnia, frigidity, and impotence.

AFRODESIA

This aroma is light, exquisite, intoxicating. It gives confidence, strengthens the mind and body; awakes sensuality.

BERGAMOT

This aroma is cold, sweet and sour, tender, fresh. It has a strong tonic effect. It calms, gives strength, relieves fatigue, tension, improves memory and attention.

VANILLA

This aroma is sweet, sugary, and joyful. It gives joy, makes the heart kind and opens to communication.

GARDENIA

This aroma is light, cold, and sweet-tart. It promotes relaxation, calms the nerves, has an anti-stress effect, finds reserve strength in the body.

GERANIUM

This aroma is soft tart, cooling, fresh. It has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, relieves headaches, migraines, hypertension attacks.

HYACINTH

This aroma is fresh, cool, and light. It gives freshness to the body and feelings, strengthens the body’s protective power. It calls for self-reflection and self-analysis.

JASMINE

This aroma is exquisite, delicate, sweet-cold, weighted. This scent has an anti-stress and relaxing effect, eliminates fatigue, mobilizes the body’s reserve forces. It enhances sensuality and is considered a “female” aroma.

YLANG-YLANG

This aroma is light, elegant, fresh, invigorating. It is a good antidepressant, causes a sense of self-confidence. It relieves seizures and headaches. Ylang-ylang is a great aphrodisiac and is considered a “masculine” scent.

CAMPHOR

This aroma is clean, fresh, warm, and sharp. It has the property to remove inflammation and warm. It is able to exert a sobering effect and to calm sexual excitement.

CEDAR

This aroma is soft, velvet, resinous, and warm. It regulates the self-regulation of the body, treats respiratory diseases. Moreover, it enhances sensory perception, fills the body with energy, excites and warms.

COCONUT

This aroma is sweet, warm, and fragrant. It stimulates the appetite, increases metabolic processes in the body, relieves apathy and drowsiness.

CINNAMON

This scent is warm, spicy, sweet, and playful. It stimulates blood circulation, relieves the effects of intoxication, strengthens the nervous system, warms, cheers, and relieves depression.

LAVENDER

This aroma is cold, fresh, thin, and bitter. It has strong antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Lavander is beneficial to use lavender incense for influenza, bronchitis, and pneumonia. It relieves fatigue, insomnia, strengthens the body’s immune system. Moreover, it stimulates blood circulation, eliminates mental lethargy, irritability, hysteria and the state of causeless fear.

FRANKINCENSE

This scent is smoky, sweet, tart, and buttery. It strengthens and brightens the aura, enhances the mind, inspires and awakens interest in life and optimism.

LEMON

This aroma is sour, cool, and light. It strengthens the human immune system, has antiviral and anti-infectious effects. It relieves headaches, dizziness, nausea.

LEMONGRASS

This aroma is sour and cool. It improves memory, helps to concentrate attention, increases concentration, eliminates the consequences of fatigue and lack of sleep.

LOTUS

This scent is light, elegant, fresh, and sweet. It gives freshness to the body and feelings, relieves fatigue. Moreover, it spiritualizes the thoughts and existence, and conducive to the spiritual development.

MAGNOLIA

This aroma is cool, sweet, refined, and delicate. It calms, promotes relaxation and rest, drives away fears and anxiety.

ALMOND

This scent is velvety, bitter, smoky, and soft. It helps to improve heat exchange in the body. It brings joy to the mind and heart, sharpens sensory perception.

MYRRH

This aroma is enveloping and sweet. It helps with insomnia, alleviates stress. It is favorable for strengthening the aura, improves meditation, and achievement in the spiritual search.

JUNIPER

This aroma is gentle, fresh, and velvet. It clarifies the mentality, removes the fear and inactivity, increases intuition.

MUSK

This aroma is warm, fragrant, spicy, and slightly tart. It helps with anxiety, mental fatigue, relieves stress.

NEROLI

This scent is gentle, cool, and light. It strengthens the heart, improves its performance, has a powerful sedative effect, helps with insomnia, stress, and depression.

OPIUM

This aroma is cold, resinous, astringent, and bitter. It tones, cheers, gives sharpness of mind and warms the heart.

PACIOLI

This aroma is tart, heady, and sweet. It is a powerful anti-virus tool. Pacioli nourishes, refreshes, gives strength and determination. It is also a strong erotic stimulant, it increases sensitivity, eliminates the frigidity and impotence.

ROSE

This scent is smoky, sweet, warm, and intoxicating. It transforms the unproductive energy of anger, frustration, and sorrow into the energy of self-improvement. People who inhale the aroma of roses, cause sympathy for others, have a light even aura, friendly and unobtrusive. Rose scent heals depression, insomnia, stress and nervous tension. It also relieves anxiety, nightmares, heals arrhythmia, and improves blood circulation.

ROSEMARY

It is a light, soft, fresh, and sweet aroma. Rosemary has a strong antimicrobial effect. It is the aroma of the heart. It improves blood supply to the heart muscle.

RHODODENDRON

This aroma is moist, light, slightly astringent. It is a powerful tool for cleansing and concentration of the mind. It sharpens the perception and improves memory.

SANDALWOOD

This aroma is exquisite, delicate, hazy, and tart. It promotes relaxation and meditation. Sandalwood calms the nerves, opens energy, springs creativity and talent. It compacts the energy layer, allows you to quickly and smoothly restore the thinned aura. Moreover, it helps with depression, insomnia, hiccups on the nervous soil, irritation of the throat, runny nose, nausea, heartburn. It is a mild aphrodisiac – increases sensuality, treats frigidity and impotence.

PINE

This scent is fresh, cold, and light. Pine activates the breath, which potentiates the pulmonary circulation. It has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, accelerates the process of rehabilitation after long-term, serious diseases.

TULASI

This aroma is gentle, silky, warm, and exciting. It relieves dizziness, headaches, and irritability. Tulasi scent helps with insomnia, depression and melancholy attacks.

THUJA

This aroma is tart, resinous, and cool. It refreshes and restores strength. Thuja scent is a great erotic stimulator. It enhances sensuality, eliminates frigidity and impotence.

VIOLET

This scent is light, delicate, and silky. It promotes relaxation, calms the nervous system, has an anti-stress effect.

CHAMPA

This aroma is soft, sweet, moist, and mysterious. It is favorable for compaction and clarification of aura. Champa promotes the concentration of the mind, relieves nervous tension and fatigue.

EUCALYPTUS

This aroma is tart, astringent, and pungent. It purifies the air and kills bacteria. Eucalyptus is a powerful anti-virus and anti-inflammatory agent.

How To Choose Incense Depending On the Season?

Did you know that you can choose incense depending on the season and the weather? Let me share with you a brief guide on how to do it.

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For winter (cold, dry weather) suitable scents such as eucalyptus, rose, cinnamon, geranium, heather, basil, winter cherry, citronella.

For early spring (cool dry weather) will fit warm, slightly moist flavors such as vanilla, myrrh, pine, cedar, lotus, orange, parijat.

For late spring (warm and dry weather) is good to use neroli, rosemary, jasmine, ylang-ylang, opium, tea tree incenses.

For summer (hot wet weather) suitable scents such as saffron, sandal, lavender, incense, bergamot, magnolia, lemon, sorghum.

For autumn (cool wet weather) suitable scents such as amber, patchouli, geranium, Champa, tuberose, cedar.

How To Choose Incents Depending On the Zodiac Sign?

You can also choose incense according to your Zodiac sign. Let me share with you the scents that are suitable for different zodiac signs the most.

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Aries (March 21 – April 20):

Pine, patchouli, geranium, rose, lemon, musk, frankincense, rosemary, sandalwood, vanilla, coriander, juniper, sage, vetiver.

These aromas harmonize the stormy temperament of Aries and turn his (her) stubbornness in the right direction.

Taurus (April 21 – May 20):

Bergamot, mint, cedar, chamomile, lemon, myrrh, neroli, patchouli, frankincense, rosemary, vanilla, jasmine, sage, lotus, magnolia.

These flavors deliver happiness and joy!

Gemini (May 21 – June 21):

Sandal, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, orange, musk, neroli, rose, frankincense, rosemary, vanilla, cinnamon, lemongrass, ylang-ylang, jasmine.

These scents balance the light, airy nature of Gemini, help them stand firmly on the ground.

Cancer (June 22 – July 22):

Jasmine, amber, bergamot, pine, lavender, lemon, lemon sorghum, myrrh, neroli, orange, herb aroma, tuberose, Champa.

These aromas help Cancer to keep a good mood and not to plunge into depression.

Leo (July 23 – August 23):

Frankincense, coconut, lemon, orange, patchouli, myrrh, rose, sandalwood, rosemary, juniper, mogra.

These scents emphasize the “royalty” of Leo and help to maintain good health.

Virgo (August 24 – September 23):

Myrrh, sandalwood, cedar, eucalyptus, geranium, orange, musk, neroli, frankincense, cinnamon, ylang-ylang, citronella, saffron, lemon sorghum.

These scents help Virgo to relax and enjoy life!

Libra (September 24 – October 24):

Pine, rose, lavender, incense, cedar, mint, cinnamon, ylang-ylang, geranium, eucalyptus.

These scents help Libra to feel good at any period of life and not overwork.

Scorpio (24 October – 22 November):

Patchouli, jasmine, pine, lemon, rosemary, sandalwood, cinnamon, magnolia, sedge, amber, basil, vetiver.

These scents will help Scorpio cope with his (her) feelings and not suffer from stress.

Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21):

Lavender, musk, lemon, lemon sorghum, myrrh, neroli, patchouli, frankincense, rose, rosemary, cinnamon, vanilla.

These scents help Sagittarius to remain calm and to be in good mood.

Capricorn (December 23 – January 20):

Amber, sandalwood, bergamot, sedge, lavender, eucalyptus, juniper, frankincense, Himalayan gold leaf, rose.

These scents help Capricorn to feel the joy of life and give him (her) creative energy.

Aquarius (January 21 – February 20):

Cedar, bergamot, pine, lemon, citronella, eucalyptus, ylang-ylang, tuberose, agar.

These scents help Aquarius to keep vital energy and sexual appeal.

Pisces (21 February – 20 March):

Cedar, orange, bergamot, lavender, eucalyptus, musk, myrrh, neroli, frankincense, rosemary, vanilla, jasmine, juniper, opium, tea tree.

These scents help the Pisces to concentrate and “swim” with the flow of life to success and prosperity.

The Bottom Line

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Despite all the benefits that incense can provide you should be aware that they can also harm your health. As you know, incenses are made from different parts of odorous plants – bark, roots, flowers, resin and essential oils. The base of incense is usually a thin bamboo stick. When burning, all this releases carcinogenic substances (such as polyaromatic hydrocarbons, carbonyl compounds, and benzene), which contribute to the development of cancer. People know about the destructive properties of carcinogens for quite a long time. That’s why you need to be cautious about using the incenses all the time.

You should be aware that it’s not a good idea to use incenses every day. You may use them for your meditations or cleanse the energy of your house or aura. But make sure that the windows are open and air circulating in the room while you’re burning the incense. It is very important to keep the windows open! Otherwise, you may experience all the side effects of inhaling the carcinogens.

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