Smudging: An ancient ritual for new age mamas
Pop Quiz: What's the magical & inexpensive woo-woo tool that I use to restore peace and harmony in my home after a spat with my hubby, a temper tantrum by my toddler or an unwanted visit from my "Negative Nancy" neighbor?
But what exactly IS smudging?
Smudging is the burning of sacred herbs or plants (sage, palo santo & sweetgrass are my faves) to clear away negative energy.
It's a simple ritual that can eliminate bad vibes, raise your juju and cleanse a space energetically (and it only takes a few minutes to do!) It’s like giving your body and home a shower of good vibes. #Cuzbusymamasaintgottimeforlowvibes
How can you smudge your space?
Here’s what you’ll need:
A smudge stick. You can find smudge sticks at your local herb shop or health store, and even some yoga centers.
Matches or lighter
Here’s a simple 4-step smudging ritual that you can easily try on your own:
1. Light your smudge stick by holding a flame to it until it begins to smoke. If a true flame appears, shake the bundle gently or blow until it is only smoke. I often find that I have to relight my stick a few times during the process.
2. Once you have a stream of smoke, use you hand to direct the smoke over your body, from your feet up to your head, then back down again. Imagine the smoke taking away all negative vibes from your body and your energy. Take your time and do this mindfully.
4. Once you have smudged your body, begin to move through your space. Wave the smoke into every corner, across doorways and into the different spaces in your home (or office) that you want to cleanse. As you are smudging, imagine the energy shifting and clearing. Visualize any conflict, anger, or illness that occurred in the space being absorbed by the smoke.
Hooked on the positive effects and down for more? Other great times for smudging are:
When you begin a new job or start your own business
When you move into a new office or house
After an argument
After an illness
Before and after a guest enters your home
Upon returning home from crowded or stressful situations
Before and after a yoga or healing session
If you're already a smudging pro, what is your preferred herb or plant to use? Drop a comment in the section below to help other mamas start their own spring cleansing ritual.
Sage yourself before you wreck yourself!