Taking time, pausing, reflecting and remembering to breathe are all things that can be overlooked in a busy and hectic family life. We all need more ritual in our lives - things that are good for mind, body and soul. Making things as easy as possible, especially for new parents, is the best way to weave a little ancient magic into modern life. Artisan produced incense acts as a wonderful tool to inspire a little slow living. Emma Leafe, founder of Ume, travelled around the world visiting temples, tea houses and scared places where incense plays an integral role in ceremony and day to day life. Ume are artisan producers of quality incense sticks, blended using on natural, high grade, fragrant plant material inspired by ancient recipes. The raw ingredients consist of precious medicinal plants, herbs, spices, aromatic tree barks, seeds and saps that have been lovingly sourced from around the world. Ume incense can be used to create a fragrant space for solo or group meditation and relaxation or with your children. It brings an extra dimension to energy arts such as yoga or tai chi or qui gong, and purifies the air in the home beautifully.