In Vedic culture, lotus flowers are seen as holy and portrayals of the divine essence of the universe. Lotus flowers can be viewed as the process of the human condition as well. They grow in dark and muddy environments, which can symbolize the shadow of the human experience. Then they bloom into something beautiful through the muck. Just like us.
Incense traditionally is burned during times of meditation, or to help cleanse and clear the air. Incense is used to remove any unwanted odor or energy from your space.