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HOW YOU CAN ENHANCE YOUR MEDITATION OR YOUR SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

The road to the life of your dreams is paved with good intentions. You may want more for yourself, and mean well, but inevitably after a challenge or two crosses your path, you may change course, get distracted, and put off for later the healing and growth that can be done today - here are a couple of items that could help you stay focused and enhance your practice.



THANGKA MANDALA



The mandala acts as a support for the meditating person. The design is something to be repeatedly contemplated to the point of saturation. A mandala can have an almost hypnotic effect. By letting the creative (right side) hemisphere of our mind run a little more freely we give our analytical mind the chance to rest.


STEPS TO MEDITATING WITH MANDALA:
  • Choose a Mandala that appeals to you or its meaning resonates with you.

  • Set an intention before focusing on it.

  • Once you have set your intention, begin to focus on the mandala.

  • Let your eyes take in the beauty of the designs, allowing your mind to wander as it will. If your mind begins to chatter (i.e., I should do laundry, I need to pick up the kids, simply bring your attention back to the beauty of the mandala.

  • Get inside the mandala.Let it absorb all of your attention.As you fall into the mandala, you will begin to feel lighter, and intuitive thoughts may arise.

  • Relax and float with the thoughts and feelings that come to you.

  • If you begin to feel lost, uncomfortable or if you get the “chatter” again, simply focus your attention back on meditating with the mandala.Meditating will leave you more relaxed, giving you a resolution or clarity concerning the intention that was set before the meditation.

(Start practising meditation with mandalas today - https://www.spiritmountain.academy/mandalacollection)



OCEAN DRUM



Ocean drums mimic the sound of the sea as it laps against a pebbly coast. An enchanting sound object that never fails to make you smile.


Move the drum briskly and hear crashing ocean waves. Move it gently and be lulled by the hypnotic rhythm of a sweet summer night on the beach. You will not believe how real it sounds. Take a deep breath and enjoy your sacred space.


MEDITATING WITH OCEAN DRUM:

Ocean Drums induce and enhance inspiration, creativity, and relaxation. Using it is an active sound meditation for the person playing as well as anyone receiving, as it is gently and subtly rotated in the hands, watching the small balls inside dancing together and creating a deep listening experience with continuous soothing frequencies.


(Start practising meditation with Ocean Drums today - https://www.spiritmountain.academy/oceandrumshop)



BACKFLOW INCENSE BURNER




Backflow incense burner sends incense smoke downward instead of up, giving it an aesthetic appeal. Maintaining a backflow incense burner is also significantly easier compared to oil warmers for burning resin.

Consider using backflow incense burners while you are practising meditation, yoga, or even to aid sleep.


BACKFLOW INCENSE BURNER BENEFITS:

1. Aromatherapy

When you light up an incense cone and place it on the burner, you actively participate in aromatherapy. These incense burners are often made using different materials like ceramic and other heat resistive materials for safety reasons. You can also use backflow burners while you do your pedicure or go to sleep.

2. Aesthetic Interior Décor

Because of its flowing waterfall effect, these burners and incense cones are easier to maintain and keep. The smoke follows the aesthetic route of the burner, creating a sea of smoke. This aspect adds to the burner's beauty and can be a great décor for your workspace, bedroom, or even your living room.

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3. Dehumidifier

Did you know a good incense burner can even work as a humidifier? It's obviously not as powerful or effective, but the backflow incense can remove pollen and other allergens present in the room. You can also use backflow incense burners to mask hard-to-get rid of scents and odours in the area. Consider lighting up an incense cone with a floral keynote.

4. The Fragrance Can Last Longer

Most incense sticks and cones don’t last longer than 25-30 minutes, but when it comes to backflow incense burners, the fragrance they offer can be more durable. Because the smoke flows down and is denser, it permeates throughout the room differently. This can create a fragrance that has the potential to last longer.


(Start practising with Backflow Incense Burners today - https://www.spiritmountain.academy/backflowincenseburner)




INCENSE STICKS & INCENSE BACKFLOW CONES




For thousands of years, meditation has been used to calm the mind, become more in tune with the way things really are and let go into the present moment. Meditation plays a key role in many religions, most notably in Buddhism and other Eastern religions were there is a strong relationship between incense and meditation.

Incense is the perfect companion for meditation as it helps quiet the mind and increase concentration. If you’re looking for a way to improve your meditation sessions, burning incense can really help with focus. Many meditators also like to use incense to time meditation sessions rather than using a timer. Knowing roughly how long a stick of incense will burn for, you can use incense to indicate when to finish meditating.


Here's a quick scent meditation:

Light an incense stick of your choice and begin by noticing the subtly scent of incense as the smoke reaches your nose. Study the scent, try to identify individual ingredients and look for the nuances in the scent. Is it sweet, spicy, woody, floral? Just taking time to appreciate the scent and study what you’re smelling is a powerful form of mindfulness and can be used for meditation.


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