Monday, August 30, 2010

Caterpillar and the Plow - Ashtray Logic EP

Give a listen to this EP while burning up some smelly ones; it's a friends lo-fi ambient project -- great soundscapes for smokey atmospheres: Free download here.

<a href="">Chag Sarpet by Caterpillar and the Plow</a>

Another solid track - Sleep, i don't care

<a href="">Sleep, i don't care by Caterpillar and the Plow</a>

You can download these tracks in any format you want just name your price. Support good music!

Comments appreciated

A Girl Named Guy - Diffusing Aromatherapy

Ayurveda Medicine: A Natural Remedy Explained

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Visions of Aurora Skies

Available Soon, potent aromatherapy incense...Aurora Skies. Come back here for updates

How to Light Incense

Medical Aromatherapy - Free ebook!

"This distinguished organic chemist shares his in depth knowledge of the particular current value of essential oils, for health on all levels. In an era when Western allopathic medicine has less and less appeal, this self-care method is a potent alternative, with roots going back to ancient times. Dr. Schaubelt has a gift for presenting facts and information in a way that is intriguing and easy to assimilate. In the flood of "coffee table" aromatherapy books currently available, this is a much needed and welcome source for those truly interested in taking responsiblity for their own health."

Relaxation and Enjoyment Through Using Incense

Incense - A gap between worlds?

"During the Lunar New Year, the people of Vietnam pray to their ancestors, Heaven and Earth. The age-old tradition of thurification, or the burning of incense during this time of year is said to create an invisible bridge, connecting this world to the one beyond. 

Vietnamese people have long-held the belief that death does not mean the end of life and that the spirits of the dead remain on Earth with their living descendants. Poet Nguyen Du (1756-1820) once said “the body dies, though the spirit remains alive.”

“The burning of incense to worship one’s ancestors is a demonstration of the belief in the presence of ancestors, which is morally and spiritually beneficial,” said historian Associate Professor Nguyen Minh Tuong.

According to “The worship customs of Vietnamese families,” published by the Publishing House of National Culture in 1996, this belief that the spirits of the dead can exert an influence on the behavior of the living means that those who are still in this realm try not to upset their ancestors and keep their distance from things that their parents would never have approved of or accepted, if they were still alive.

There are several ways to explain the reasons why an odd number of incense sticks, usually three, are burnt each time. Professor Nguyen Minh Tuong said that this practice originated from the Buddhist concept of Triratna, representing the ‘three treasures’ of Buddhism, namely Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

In the view of Confucianism, the three incense sticks embody Heaven, Earth and mankind. But according to the Book of Changes, number three belongs to Yang, which is the symbol of heaven, sacredness, purity, restfulness and the origin of life, according to Venerables Thich Thanh Hue and Tue Nha’s book, “The customs and rites of thurification”.

On the one hand, ancestor worship is a way of demonstrating the debt of gratitude owed by the living to their forefathers. On the other hand, it enables the living to pray for the support of their ancestors in their daily lives.

Historically, ancestor worship was an act of national importance, Tuong said. In the past, even Vietnamese kings would worship the founders of their dynasties and honour their predecessors.

“In my point of view, this practice can be traced back to the teachings of Tseng Tzu, a Confucian disciple, who said those in power should attach great importance to the commemoration of the ancestors who founded their dynasties, setting an example of loyalty to their subjects, which was crucial to their regimes’ viability,” Tuong explained.

On the second or third days of the Lunar New Year, the Vietnamese people would hold offering rites, or Nam Giao, led by the incumbent king to give thanks to heaven and earth. This practice, according to Professor Tuong, stemmed from the Confucian view that men of honour should be afraid of three things, including the will of Heaven. The practice of Nam Giao has now been restored in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue .

“The practice demonstrates the belief of the Vietnamese people in supernatural forces,” Tuong said.

There are historical accounts of the apparent connection between humans and the spirit world, the professor said. “In years when the country suffered from droughts and a poor harvest, the incumbent king would confess his sins, if any, remain abstinent and conduct rites to pray to Heaven and Earth for rain. History shows that, on many occasions, there was subsequent rainfall,” said Tuong

Welcome to Bedroom Aroma!

Bedroom Aroma is a blog about the empowering sense of olfaction. How to perceive with your nose and use it to your advantage with aromatherapy.

My focus will be on incense and using it to create moods or even as medicine.

"Since the dawn of civilization mankind has used incense for numerous reasons among them medical and spiritual practices. With the discovery of fire, the use of incense naturally followed. In fact, the word incense comes from the Latin verb incendere, which means “to burn”."

Read the full history of incense at