Appreciating aroma of incense is a classical Japanese art form called Kōdō (the Way of Aroma), codified in 15th century in a set of ten principles (see below). “Brings a moment of serenity in midst of busy affairs” is the sixth principle of Kōdō.
Having a moment of serenity is more than a respite. Serenity soothes the mind. It also clarifies and helps one see things as they are. Serenity provides mental clarity, and allows insights to emerge.
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Traditional Japanese incenses are distinctly subtle and mild. They do not have a perfumy character and are made from natural materials without using chemicals or harmful fillers or binders.
Ten Virtues of Aroma
- Opens a window onto beyond material existence
- Refines body and soul
- Purifies surroundings
- Keeps one alert
- Is a companion in solitude
- Brings a moment of serenity in midst of busy affairs
- When plentiful, one never grows tired of it
- Satisfies even when there is little
- Soothes young and old alike
- Does no harm when used every day
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