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Do you burn incense? For those both spiritual and non.
Posted 2/11/13

quaser666 wrote:

I hate incense, I have a really strong sense of smell so anything too overpowering makes me feel a bit nauseous.


See, this is why this topic puzzles me..if incense appeals to the senses, how does it also appeal to the spirit?
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Posted 2/11/13

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quaser666 wrote:

I hate incense, I have a really strong sense of smell so anything too overpowering makes me feel a bit nauseous.


See, this is why this topic puzzles me..if incense appeals to the senses, how does it also appeal to the spirit?


makes you wonder why it has such strong ties to spiritual practices. Could be to relax and get you in the right frame of mind maybe, but since my senses are sensitive it wouldn't make sense for me to use incense for their scents in that regard either, well that's just my two cents.
Posted 2/11/13

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anti-lambsacrifice wrote:


quaser666 wrote:

I hate incense, I have a really strong sense of smell so anything too overpowering makes me feel a bit nauseous.


See, this is why this topic puzzles me..if incense appeals to the senses, how does it also appeal to the spirit?


makes you wonder why it has such strong ties to spiritual practices. Could be to relax and get you in the right frame of mind maybe, but since my senses are sensitive it wouldn't make sense for me to use incense for their scents in that regard either, well that's just my two cents.


This is slightly off topic, but if I'm trapped outside for whatever reason and it's cold and windy, I can sing and it tends to distract me from what's going on around me. I've always thought that anything that affects the senses takes away from what's inside, so it made sense to take away more from the outside.

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Posted 2/11/13

anti-lambsacrifice wrote:


This is slightly off topic, but if I'm trapped outside for whatever reason and it's cold and windy, I can sing and it tends to distract me from what's going on around me. I've always thought that anything that affects the senses takes away from what's inside, so it made sense to take away more from the outside.



I guess though using 1 sense might dull your others for example if I was trapped outside with you, your singing would probably distract me from thinking about the cold as well. In the case of incense the reason could be that your sense of smell is related to breathing, so having the incense might encourage proper breathing technique as it would help you breathe through your nose if you enjoy the smell. Though I'm not disagreeing with you or anything I'm just thinking of possible reasons for it.
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Posted 2/11/13
I don't burn incense because I like my house smelling like clean Febreeze or just an air freshener more.

I just don't like incense if it's too strong and makes my head hurt. One of my Indian friends (not Native American) has a Hindu tradition where they burn their own type of incense in the house, and it's pretty strong. The bad part about it is, a lot of my Indian friends have incenses that smell like pretty bad B.O. fresh from the locker rooms.

I'm not trying to be offensive, but it's true. I feel bad for him at times because a lot of people stay away from him because of how he smells, but he's one of my best friends and I've gotten used to it a long time ago. It does smell pretty bad to me, but it's not like I care. I respect his culture, he respects mine, and I rock my Lacoste cologne while he rocks his incense.
Posted 2/11/13

quaser666 wrote:


anti-lambsacrifice wrote:


quaser666 wrote:

I hate incense, I have a really strong sense of smell so anything too overpowering makes me feel a bit nauseous.


See, this is why this topic puzzles me..if incense appeals to the senses, how does it also appeal to the spirit?


makes you wonder why it has such strong ties to spiritual practices. Could be to relax and get you in the right frame of mind maybe, but since my senses are sensitive it wouldn't make sense for me to use incense for their scents in that regard either, well that's just my two cents.


incense sticks were never meant to be used for spiritual practices to calm the senses, they were used to mask odor and appease the gods in ancient China. I do think it creates a nice atmosphere though depending on the scent but it's not needed to meditate, I use it for more of a timer than anything.

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Posted 2/11/13

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incense sticks were never meant to be used for spiritual practices to calm the senses, they were used to mask odor and appease the gods in ancient China. I do think it creates a nice atmosphere though depending on the scent but it's not needed to meditate, I use it for more of a timer than anything.



Incense has been used in many different cultures for many different things, though it may have originated in china for those reasons it certainly has been used by people to aid in meditation.
Posted 2/11/13

quaser666 wrote:


AruarianDance wrote:

incense sticks were never meant to be used for spiritual practices to calm the senses, they were used to mask odor and appease the gods in ancient China. I do think it creates a nice atmosphere though depending on the scent but it's not needed to meditate, I use it for more of a timer than anything.



Incense has been used in many different cultures for many different things, though it may have originated in china for those reasons it certainly has been used by people to aid in meditation.


I know that... I was just saying the first uses for it.

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Posted 2/11/13
Smoke is known to be smelly and hard to remove, so why not use GOOD SMELLING smoke by burning incense? I prefer sandalwood myself. I burn it in my room once or twice a month. It smells nice.
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Posted 2/11/13
I've gotten some really good smelling ones at the dollar store they an alternative to spraying aerosol cans and I personally think they smell better than some of the canned air fresheners.
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Posted 2/12/13
Nah, after a while it begins to give me a migraine. That aside, I do think it smells good short term.
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Posted 2/23/13
I burn nokiba scent in my room.
Posted 2/23/13
Not me but I would like to try it at least once.
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Posted 2/23/13
I'm in the same boat as alot of other posters as I find incense to just be way too strong. I like having a nice aroma though when I'm watching anime. Favorite is Japanese Cherry Blossom oil cause it makes me happy in a pretty geeky way to have that smell while I watch anime. If not that then a spicey or warm aroma like sugar cookies, pumpkin pie, apple cider, etc.
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Posted 2/23/13 , edited 2/23/13
Me and my family did for a long time, not for spiritual reasons however, we just liked the fragrance.

Edit: We still do on rare occasion.
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