The Amayori Sento — Meditation


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An Autumn Meditation with Rotenburo Air

One of my favorite ways to appreciate autumn is by deep breathing with anything from the Rotenburo Air collection. This fragrance is wonderful for this time of year as it is a celebration of crisp clean air. The conifers in this fragrance, which include white pine and hemlock spruce, encourage deep breathing as does Omani white frankincense, which also encourages slow breathing. The following meditation is inspired by shinrin yoku – the Japanese relaxation practice of “forest bathing”. Shinrin yoku involves venturing into the woods and experiencing it with all the senses. By being mindful and fully present, forest bathers experience stress reduction which has been proven in scientific studies throughout Japan. Turn on our Rotenburo Air Playlist. Take a...

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How to Relax With Amayori's Aromatic Experiences

One evening about a year ago, I was taking a soak with Rotenburo Air Luxury Bath Salts after a very long day. I was trying to relax but I could not stop thinking about a huge to-do list that awaited me the next day. No matter what I did, thoughts kept creeping up until I had an unusual sensation – I didn’t want to think anymore. I relaxed deeper into the scent of Rotenburo Air. And then I remembered the story of the fragrance. I decided that rather than try to quiet my mind and suppress my thoughts, I would replace them with the story and image of Rotenburo Air – the outdoor Japanese bath in the mountains. Suddenly, I...

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Life Lessons from Tea Ceremony: Ichigo Ichie

I recently began taking tea ceremony classes on the weekends. I have always been obsessed with the Japanese arts and tea ceremony struck me as something special from the beginning. It is a form of meditation and ritual. The movements are graceful and flowing. Every little detail is done with intention. Philosophically, there is so much in tea ceremony that can be applied to life. Over the next few months as I take these classes I plan to write about one special lesson that I take away from each class. I wish I could share everything here but that would turn into a book of its own. Ichigo Ichie I have always loved this phrase Ichigo Ichie. It translates to “one...

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An Easy Three Minute Meditation

For some people, committing to a daily meditation practice can be daunting. Try starting with once a week for three minutes - we all can do this no matter how busy we are! Start with fragrance. I love to diffuse Ambrosial Ofuro Home Essence while meditating in the morning. It reminds me of the Buddhist temples of Kyoto. Shut your eyes. Sit in a comfortable position with a straight spine and your chest opened (shoulders down and slightly back, chin tucked in). Breathe deeply while focusing on your heart. Picture light beaming from your heart on the exhale and your heart pulling light in on the inhale. Let this light grow larger as you go along. Whenever thoughts pop up, (this...

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An Autumn Meditation For Change and Transformation

In the past few journal entries I have mentioned autumn being a season of changed. Just a quick recap: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the element associated with autumn is metal and the principal organ associated with autumn and metal are the lungs. It is thought that working on the lungs and balancing the metal element will bring about change and transformation. After the fall equinox I began meditating while using aromatherapy to open the lungs. Using fragrance as a catalyst, I have been taking time every day to focus on the lung area and breathing deeply and I am experience change faster than I can even imagine (more on that soon). I know that the reason for all of these changes...

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