Last Monday’s #MindfulMondayWithSteff couldn’t have gone any better than it did. I really can’t tell you all how much I appreciate all the love, support, feedback, shares, messages, good energy, everything! You are all amazing and I will continually express my gratitude for each and every one of you. As I’ve said before, this community is a huge part of the collective energy that inspires me to create. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
If you didn’t get a chance to check out last week’s blog post, click here . If you read the first paragraph, it’ll give you the low-down on my vision for these Monday blog posts. In short, I want to do my part in contributing to a greater good. I want to remind myself and remind others that we have so much to be grateful for. I want to spread good vibes and create safe spaces. My intention is that – by doing these types of blogs, maybe it’ll bring us back to now and when we are here and now – we are 100% mindful.
Today’s #MindFulMondayWithSteff post is a ritual I hold near and dear to my heart – smudging.
What is smudging? Smudging is one of the oldest rituals / practices known of for when it comes to cleansing negative energies and clearing space. It is done by collecting sacred herbs and resins, in this post I am using sage, and gently burning them with the intention of letting go what no longer is serving us to make space for our magic to pour through. I believe that everyone can do this ritual in a way that is unique to them, as long as it’s pure and comes from a sacred space within your heart, you cannot do any harm. With that being said, I’m going to share with you my smudging ritual. If it resonates with you, you are welcome to make this your own.
Begin by collecting your materials.
- Sage bundle / any sacred herb – palo santo, sweet grass, etc
- Abalone shell / any clay bowl to catch the ash or leaves that may fall
- Matches / source of fire
If you are unsure where to find a sage bundle you could check out any of your local wellness centers, crystal shops, or you can always search the internet for some cool shops to purchase from! Side note – my mother in law has a beautiful sage bush outside of her home and I frequently make my own bundles ( as pictured above ) – if you want to purchase one from me, you can send me a message here .
Now that you have gathered all of your materials. let’s take our next step in setting our intention for the cleanse. My daily smudging ritual intention is usually something along the lines of “allow me let go of yesterday, so that I can make space for today”. I’ll close my eyes and place my hands over my heart and breathe into that intention. Again, this is just what my heart calls out for. Ask yourself, what does your heart call out for? Maybe it needs to heal an emotional wound or you want to send a prayer for a friend. Whatever your purpose – just keep it in mind as you move through this smudging ritual.
Before I begin to burn my sage stick – there is one thing that I make sure I have very well prepared for this ritual. An exit point. What this means – is that you have a space where this energy, this smoke, can funnel out back into the Earth. Simply open a window or a door so Mother Earth can see what you are doing and take any negative energy you have purged and shift it into something positive. There is no need to keep that negative energy lingering around in your space. Allow it to leave.
Once you have set your intentions and found your exit point – let’s begin to burn our sage bundle. Light the tip of your sage bundle with a match and hold it there until it starts to smoke. Once there is a lively amount of smoke, you can gently blow out the fire. The smoldering part of the sage is what you will use to cleanse yourself and your home. I like to begin this ritual by cleansing myself first. Sometimes I just breathe in the smoke from a safe distance. Sometimes I hold the sage over each of my chakras. Sometimes I place it back in my abalone shell and dance around it. As I’ve said before, we all have a beautiful process of our own! I encourage you to explore what yours is! After I have cleansed myself, I will cleanse my home. Start at the furthest corner of your home in opposition of your exit point. You will make your way through your home, carefully wafting your sage bundle around and allowing your abalone shell / clay bowl to catch any ash they may be falling off your bundle. As you move through your home – keep your intention, your prayer in mind. You can take as long or as little of time as you’d like. Let this be an intuitive practice. You can and will feel when the energy begins to shift. It will feel lighter, more free. Eventually, you will make your way to your exit point and gently nudge the smoke in that direction. At this time, I move to gratitude. I thank Mother Earth for helping me cleanse myself and cleanse my space. To complete the smudging ceremony – you will carefully put out the smoldering end of your sage bundle. Any ash that was collected in your abalone shell during your cleansing ceremony – let’s wash that away in our sink. Thanking the water for washing away these negative energies. Take some time to enjoy this beautiful space that you have cultivated for yourself through this ritual. Feel the lightness. Feel the love. Feel the balance. Feel the mindfulness and try to carry this all with you throughout your day.
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