Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is typically grown in the mountains of India, Africa and the Middle East.
Religious leaders have used it in millennia as good for the soul. Now, biologists have learned that it is good for our brains too. According to Science Daily, 2008, an international team of scientists, including researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, describe how burning frankincense (resin from the Boswellia plant) activates poorly understood ion channels in the brain to alleviate anxiety or depression. It was also one of the perfume gifts as told by the Bible for the birth of Jesus. I believe it is everyone’s right to believe what they wish. I believe in the common threads of goodness in all Religions. Personally I have always loved the smell and enjoy burning it and I find it soothes me.
Similarly, burning soy candles with an assortment of fragrances, incense and perfume can bring back many memories of experiences from the past.
Try burning Frankincense and see if you like it. You can find it and small charcoals to burn in some Chemists, aromatherapy and grocery stores and is quite cheap.
I see around me how different people cope with the News and it fascinates me. There are the ones that stay away from all news completely. I have absolutely no idea how they manage given that all kinds of news does filter down to their life and impacts them like everyone else.
There are the ones that listen to the news or read them and then make up their versions. My dad does this. He then tells his version to others (completely wrong at times) . What cracked me up was that I actually saw him listening to news from a different country (he does not know the language) yet he still acted as if he understood. Sadly, when he passes on this version people believe him and then they even adjust it further. LOL.
The I am smarter than the world news readers. These ones are a hoot. The facts are written in black and white, instructions, advice etc and they are better, wiser than the world. I wonder if this attitude bites them on the back side.
Finally, the ones that deny things. This is not happening. I will ignore this for as long as I can. Reality does catch up with these people.
Me? I believe in being informed but am not over the top. I read what ‘experts’ say, look at variations, make decisions regarding any impacts. I believe we can learn a lot from each other. help each other, support each other. communicate with one another. No one is better than anyone else and we all have strengths and weaknesses to rely on.
A positive attitude, a smile makes a world of difference.
Instead of beeping the moment the light at a traffic light, how about a little patience. Communicate with people, be kind. So many people are all about the I factor. What is in it for me etc. Statues are torn down, vandalism, there is just no tolerance.
Why not just be kind, communicate and respect different points of view. If we destroy everything, then what? Does it ever end? How about we appreciate nature, animals, this Earth and try and stand in each other’s shoes to understand?
I have fond memories of the US. I went to New York and LA in 2013 which seems a life time away. I remember kindness, an afinity with me the Ozi and people going out of there way to be hospitable. Walking past and in the site of Twin Towers was very sad. I wish the US and the world no more COVID19, World peace and respect for humanity, animals and the World.