A Moment of Serenity in Midst of Busy Affairs

Incense and a moment of serenityAppreciating 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

Ten Virtues of AromaKōdō, the Way of Aroma
Muromachi period (15th century)

  • 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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