14.7.10

Pass Go And Collect Nag Champa



I have been working on some plans and looking for the perfect shades of blue for my next DIY project. I have been attempting to mimic these colors, the blue from the box of Nag Champa and the background on this Monopoly board game from my childhood.
NAG CHAMPA has been a staple of mine since I started taking the street car to Kensington Market at the age of thirteen. I used to pick up several boxes at a time and still do. I enjoy having it in any room of the house and especially love having it burning right beside me while I am working on a creative project. Although this particular blend of incense is Indian, I use it for Feng Shui purposes when I am working on changing the flow and energy in specific areas. Incense sticks are made by adhering a blended paste of different scents onto bamboo sticks. Incense has been used for religious purposes and on alters since before recorded history. I find it calming and that it helps maintain harmony and balance around the home.



Kōdō, The ‘Way of Incense’, is the Japanese art of appreciating incense and follows these Ten Virtues of kō which are said to have been written by an anonymous monk in the 16th century. The website where I got the image below from is very interesting and has a great explanation of the history, method, raw materials employed and the use of incense in ceremonies. I strongly recommend perusing it if you are interested in learning more about the culture of Japanese incense.


22 comments:

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The Wife of a Dairyman ~ Nancy said...

Wow! That's great information....I didn't realize incense was so purifying! I'll have to try it out. How do you know what scent you like before you buy some? Is the smell in the box true to the actual scent?
thanks!

tulpen said...

I'm sure I bought Nag Champa at Kensington Market on my only trip to Toronto.

It is my favorite smell ever.

Gonna light one up now I think...

Clair said...

The incense sounds soothing and peaceful, but my alergies would not agree. However, the blue colors of the box and monopoly game board are cool and calming. I am interested in what your next project will be.
Clair

Bossy Betty said...

Love these ideas and colors too!

sherri said...

tampon cars, russian mountains and miniature golf? where the hell did your monopoly board come from? oh yeah, toronto. you said that.

Lady Grey said...

That Nag Champa is the only incense I buy as well!
Great post : )

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Nancy- I posted a link to the incense I use.
Tulpen- did you spark one?
Clair- Some people are very sensitive to the smell.
Betty- Thanks!
Sherri- that is even funnier when I picture you saying it with your Tennessee twang!
Lady Grey- I am not shocked at at your good taste- us being Ladies and all.

Everton Terrace said...

I use to burn incense all the time and you've reminded me how much I enjoyed. I had no idea of the story behind it and I've never tried your brand. I'm kind of excited to try it again!

Heather {A Measure Of...} said...

Nag Champa is my favorite, too, or really it's all I use. And there are so many different scents!

Karena said...

I have not burned incense in some time and I do love it! Nag Champa here I come.

Karena
Art by Karena

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

That monopoly game is so cool!

XO
Lenore

Mary said...

I'm heading over to read the site you've recommended. I love to visit here. It certainly is never boring. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

and flowers pick themselves said...

nag champa is my mother's favorite scent. anytime i come across it, it immediately reminds me of home, childhood, and comfort.

lovely post, dear.

xo Alison

Diana Mieczan said...

I love your idea...That game is so cool...thank you for the link and lovely comments....I will check it out for sure:) Kisses and see you soon:)
Happy Thursday

aquariann said...

Fun Monopoly board! The middle of mine was not nearly so colorful. Fascinating information about the incense, too.

dotblogg said...

hey there!
How are you doing Ren?:)Thank you for your comment on my blog:)
I didn't know you are an expert of Feng Shui too:)
I love playing Monopoly!Have you tried Polish version?;)
take care
hugs
Just

sherri said...

dude- is my twang that bad/good? thanks for the music this morning.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Sherri-only good!

Gabbi said...

Nag Champa smells so good! Much better than toy money for sure...

Pat Tillett said...

Love the nice soothing cooling colors.
You are very focused on what you want...Much more organized than I.

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