Everyone wants that fresh, crisp feeling in their home and in their head as though nothing has ever gone wrong and life is perfect. Unfortunately life happens and things don’t go the way we always want them too. Sometimes it knocks us down and we have to try and pick ourselves back up still feeling all of the negative energies these episodes caused left on or around us. Have you ever walked into a room and just felt the tension in the air or the feeling that something doesn’t feel right? Shaken someones hand or even just walked st them and felt yuck? That’s because anything, whether good or bad, leaves it’s energy to linger where it happened. Now none of us mind the good stuff but that bad, funky energy just drags us down and kills our good vibe.
One way I deal with this negative energy is by smudging. I smudge myself and my home often, even when things are good, to keep the energy clean and flowing. Smudging is a Native American practice of purifying yourself, another person or room with the smoke of sacred herbs. It is known to clear negative or stagnant energy from your within your field and allow the good stuff to enter. Your field can include your emotional, energetic, mental, spiritual or physical body as well as your environment. Smudging gives you a refreshed clean feeling and a desire for a new start. So if you have been feeling overwhelmed, stuck, confused, sluggish or even just depressed give smudging a try, the results feel great.
Plants that are often used for smudging include:
- Sweet Grass
- Pine needles
The smudging process involves a four-direction ceremony:
- Clean your space of clutter and open windows and curtains to let in fresh air.
- Light your herb on fire and fan the smoke clockwise around you and anyone else in the space.
- Then in your space/home, start at the left side of the room and work you r way through the home fanning the smoke to the east, south, west and then north. Make sure to keep good intentions and welcome the good while getting rid of the bad while you are smudging.
You can also find smudging prayers online to help you with your process.
Good Luck and Keep Clean,