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Why You Should Boost Your Meditation with Incense

Written by Mark Peto

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Posted on December 30 2021

Why use incense for meditation? 

Meditation helps to relieve stress and opens your mind to gain a clearer view of issues you may be facing in your life. It trains your mind to concentrate, focus and be in touch with your thoughts and emotions.

Meditation can be done in a variety of ways, including breathing techniques and specific exercises like yoga. 

For some people, it may be difficult to begin the process of meditation. This is where incense comes in.

  • It serves as a gentle timekeeper

  • In some cultures, the passing of time was traditionally measured by the burning of incense sticks. Lighting an incense acts as a signal your mind, body & soul that it is time to begin focusing & relaxing. 

  • Helps purify the area
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    Some cultures burn incense sticks at home during prayers. It is believed that the incense helps purify the home, their own personal Sacred Space. You can do the same for your meditation area. Incense can clear negative energy and make it more serene.

  • Helps to deepen your concentration

  • Other than purifying the area and signaling the start of your meditation, the aroma of incense can also help deepen your concentration. It can transport you to a space of peace, without taking over your thoughts. Scents like Frankincense, Sandalwoods, and Lotus are some of the best options to boost your concentration while meditating. 

  • It makes you feel relaxed

  • Some studies have shown that certain aromas have a calming effect on your nervous system. These scents include Lavender, Rosemary, and Sandalwoods. They evoke a state of peace, encouraging your breathing to have a more normal pace and your thoughts to stop racing. That way, you can feel more relaxed as you meditate and deepen your practice. 

  • Helps you connect to your memories

  • Of all the senses, the sense of smell is the only one that goes directly to the brain. Scents can bypass the thalamus and go immediately to the olfactory bulb, the brain’s scent center. The olfactory bulb has a direct route to the hippocampus and amygdala. This explains why certain scents and aromas can trigger intense emotions or detailed memories. If you want to evoke memories of the past while meditating, burning incense with a familiar scent can help.