Grab some Kombucha and get ready because I’m about to tap into the spiritual side of the blog today.
As I take this wellness journey with you all, I want to emphasize that I am not ONLY trying to improve my physical health. It’s more than just eating organic and using nontoxic products. This journey is about overall wellness which without a doubt includes the mind and soul. From a broader perspective, it focuses on whatever makes your heart happy. Whatever cultivates your well-being.
The new trend nowadays that every blogger is talking about is self-care. Get your pedicure. Go to yoga. The importance of journaling. All of those examples are undoubtedly important. But from a different point of view, doesn’t self care also include taking care of the space you live in? Let me explain.
My husband and I recently moved into a new home and we absolutely adore it. But since it was someone elses home before ours, I wanted to sage the house and clear out any negative or stagnant energy. (Although I must add, the older couple we bought it from were absolutely adorable, congenial and lived a wonderful life in the home). Clearing any old energy would create space for us to cultivate our own happiness.
What is “sage”?
For starters, sage is also known as “nature’s vacuum cleaner” according to Doreen Virtue. The burning of sage is called smudging and it is the process which “clears away negative energy, including fear, anger, and also earthbound or lower spirits. Anything unwanted, smudging removes.”
If your not the spiritual type, then smudging may STILL be intriguing to you, because it actually clears bacteria out of the air. Dr. Chandra Shekhar Nautiyal points out that burning sage “reduces bacteria in the air, including a bacteria called staph, and that the antibacterial benefits lasted long after the smoke cleared.”
Where do you buy sage from? I purchased mine from whole foods but here are two good options as well. I found this cute option on Etsy or this one. Philosophie sells a palo santo which also helps clear the air.
What do you smudge?
Basically, it is a good idea to smudge any place that has been in contact with negative energy. For example, you can smudge your car after an accident, your office at work, or your apartment. Any space that is sacred to you is worth smudging.
My friend, Lexy Pogoda, who is a spiritual guru and has been doing angel card readings for half a decade, recommends you sage as often as necessary.
“I use it before and after company leaves, whenever there is tension, especially after a bad phone call or bad guest…when there is tension in the house, the kids are annoying each other..whenever necessary because it lightens the mood.”
How do you get started?
Lexy explains the process for you below:
- Open all windows in your home/car/wherever your space may be.
- Gather your sage bunch and a bowl or shell to catch the ashes. You can also use a feather or your hands to spread the smoke.
- Light the sage well enough so it stays ignited. As you walk through each room, move corner to corner and set your intentions.
- You should speak from your heart, but I prefer: All lower vibrations lower energies remove yourself from my home, my space, my belongings, pets, children, husband… in the name of God. We are free and clear of all lower energies. And so it is.
- I will also say a prayer and ask Archangel Michael to usher unwanted energies from my home also.
- Focus on the INTENTION. Stating “in the name of God” or in the Universe is important as there is nothing greater than. Be positive, be excited, because it’s the BEST feeling after saging your space!
- Alternative methods to smudging include DIY sea salt spray but I find sage to be the best.
How do you feel after smudging?
Virtue describes it as a rubber-band snap change in air pressure and energy that lets you know smudging is sending negativity packing. Personally, I feel like the space I am in is then emptied. It is relaxing and not as intense.
Has anyone ever smudged your space before? Let me know your thoughts.
Lexy also does angel card readings and can be reached on instgram at liveinlightlexy or email her at LiveInLightLexy@gmail.com.
Sip, Sip and BOOCH on! xx Erica