I need to be more 'zen' I heard a girl say once to her friend. I've heard this phrase before, but didn't quite know what it meant. In a bid to learn more about what being 'zen' is, I visited The Zen Shop in Digbeth.
The Zen Shop is reminiscent of my Auntie's home. Ever since I was little she's been burning incense sticks, reading tarot cards, and talking about the cosmos. It also smelled the same too; the fragrance of burning oils makes for a heady mix, and I felt like I was in my Auntie's living room, aged seven, again.
The shop is full to the brim of a everything spiritual, (you might say too-full), and is slightly overstuffed with all manner of things that come under the umbrella of 'alternative'.
That's what I like about it though; the rather weird looking ornaments may scare you if you're not used to them, but the more frightening shapes are apparently meant to warn off the demons of the other plane. Interestingly the shop keeper confided she owns a handful of scarier creations and it makes her feel safer.
From relatively 'normal' essential oil scents, to fruity and more exotic, they seemed to stock every type. They also also encourage you to make your own perfume from oils and dried flowers, which you can use to fragrance a bath.