I’d say Wednesday is a good day to think and chat about the books I’d love to read, and it just so happens there’s a meme out their for this exact occasion! Wishlist Wednesday, hosted by Pen to Paper, is a book blog hop where we post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it’s entirely up to you), that we can’t wait to get off the wishlist and onto our very own book shelves.
My pick for this week is:
Valerie Ann Worwood explores the connection between fragrance and spirituality, examining both scientific and esoteric evidence for the spiritual power of essential oils. She examines the spiritual traditions that use aroma for ritual, prayer, and meditation and shows how to incorporate these traditions into modern practices.
Scent has always played a spiritual role in my life, in fact many of our lives, and I’ve long wanted to dig deeper into why that should be. Why does lighting a scented candle bring me quickly to my center? And why does the deep inhalation of forest pine, jasmine, or muddy earth bring me closer to God?
These questions have been brought to the forefront as my soul-care business, Two Moons, grows and my partner and I strive for business and product authenticity and a soul connection for our customers and ourselves. How can our products better nourish those who use them?
Saint Ephrem the Syrian (306–373) penned these words in his Hymn on Paradise, in the belief that fragrance plays an important role in connecting us to spirit:
A vast censer
impregnates the air
with its odoriferous smoke,
imparting to all who are near it
a whiff from which to benefit.
How much the more so
with Paradise the glorious:
even its fence assists us,
that curse upon the earth
by the scent of its aromas
St. Ephrem the Syrian
Hymns on Paradise, 11:13
I have so many questions. What are the best ways to use fragrance in our daily lives? And, how can fragrance lift us, yet ground us at the same time? I look forward to reading The Fragrant Heavens and other books, and exploring and experiencing the spiritual dimension of fragrance.
What has been your experience with scent and spirit? Please share with me in the comments!