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Photography Journal: Meditation Caves

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Photography Journal: Meditation Caves

A big part of my life when I was a monk and now, is meditation. I daily dedicate 2 hours to chanting mantra's at home, in temples and sometimes on rare, fortunate occasions...... in caves. I can still remember traveling through India in my monastic days and feeling the urge to copy the great sages of old and spend time in "meditation caves".  The most intense being in Vrindavana when I shut myself in a purpose built hole in the ground surrounded by complete darkness. As a practice it's simple. These caves being places where the senses are completely cut off...

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Burning Incense #2 - Yoga

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Burning Incense #2 - Yoga

Is there a right way and time to burn incense ? It's one of the most common discussions we have with people and the answer is surprisingly complicated. It's kinda Yes but also No. Confused? It's a tough one because there is most definitely a right way depending on your use and the environment you're in. Then again there isn't because, as with many things in life, it's all down to balance and finding what works for you. Keeping it simple over the coming weeks we're going to start giving some pointers for situations which may improve your incense experience starting...

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Burning Incense #1

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Burning Incense  #1

You'll find us burning incense a lot here at Sacred Elephant and recently we've been playing. Without a doubt our favourite scent is Agarwood more commonly known as Oud. The resin from the assam agar tree that we use is one of the most expensive natural raw ingredients in the world and has been cherished in the East for thousands of years. We know the effects it has on our moods and see it as a reliable go to fragrance that never fails, we've been wondering though. How can we enhance this experience? The afore mentioned playtime. After weeks of messing...

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Incense back in Vogue

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Incense back in Vogue

Incense is enjoying somewhat of a resurgence of late and it’s not coming from the source you may immediately think of. Since the 60’s incense has been generally but incorrectly seen as the domain of hippy culture. Often used to cover the wafts of more nefarious herbal products. Not any more. Vogue magazine recently ran a series of articles noting that incense is appealing to a new generation of users. A generation savvy to the importance of natural products in their lives, that are moving away from the modern chemical fragrances seen on the high street and looking back to natural,...

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