In honor of Goddess Wednesday - I sought out my own answer of what makes me a Goddess. The answer is simple - I purposely seek out the life that I want to live. I strive to make me happy. I intentionally make the effort to be kind to myself. I am sure of myself and of the daily spiritual commitments I practice. One simple practice is lighting incense.
One of my favorite incense to burn is from a company called Encens d' Auroville. Each stick is hand-rolled by woman from Auroville, India under a fair trade agreement. They are all natural and do not contain harmful or toxic ingredients. My favorite fragrance is Rose - and to my surprise I discovered today that the fragrance of Rose induces self-awareness and happy confidence. I am surprised only because this is so true of my personality and I never really wondered why Rose was my favorite fragrance - it just is and it's no wonder.
Sarah Ban Breathnach comments on this very topic in her book "Simple Abundance" ...
"Self confidence is a special elixir that Spirit has prepared to help each of us face and surmount the challenges of life. It is an aromatic blending of invigorating essences: attitude, experience, knowledge, wisdom, optimism, and faith." She goes on... "Like an expensive perfume, only a smidgen of self-confidence is needed to enhance a woman's aura."
If the little ones are awake and I need some confidence I just put a few drops of essential oil in my little burner and the air is clear and we all feel a little better. This practice of incense burning is a natural rhythm of my day - nap-time and bedtime. I raise a new consciousness by lighting incense . It brings an awareness to myself and reminds me to relax and to be the Goddess that I am meant to be.
Incense has been used for over 5000 years. Eastern and Western religions use it in their worship. Incense symbolizes the sacredness of a person or a special occasion. It rises energies, lifts moods and is quite simply an easy mood enhancement that is affordable and delightful. Perfect for a Goddess.
I would love to connect with other Goddesses. Please share with me how you honor yourself as a Goddess and how you became to know yourself as a Goddess. I will share with you a packet of my favorite Rose incense and for now on what I will call my Goddess Wands. On March 31st I will randomly pick a commenter and send her a packet of these magical Goddess Wands. May these wands enhance your self-confidence and inner joy.
Embrace your true self - it makes for a happier life.