A Ritual to Cleanse
What does a ritual look like for you?
Rituals are simple acts; such as taking those first sips of your morning drink at the still and quiet of your kitchen table or lighting a candle every evening before you sink into the sofa.
These simple acts when performed with awareness and intention cultivate an uplifting sense of comfort and calm.
One of the rituals which I perform every Monday as a way to welcome in the new week originates from the act of smudging. Smudging is an ancient ritual used to clear away negative energy by burning either Sage, Palo Santo or Mugwort. Once the smoke dispels it leaves behind in its place blessings which infuse your space and aura.
HOW TO PERFORM THE RITUAL OF SMUDGING.
Before you begin, think about what has brought you to perform the act and what new intentions you would like to set. It may help to journal before you begin so ask yourself these questions;
• What do I need to let go of from last week?
• What were my wins of the week? List them all big and small all are valued and appreciated.
• What am I grateful for?
• What word would I like to embody for the week ahead?
TO SMUDGE YOURSELF
To smudge yourself or someone else, move the smudging wand gently around the body from head to toe. This will cleanse the aura.
TO SMUDGE A SPACE
To smudge your house or any space, walk through the space sweeping the smudge stick through the air as you go and allow the curls of smoke to get in every corner. Once finished be sure to open a window or door as this
shall release the negative energy and replace it with blessings.
*** Never leave a smudge stick burning unattended and when you have finished performing your ritual stub out the end of
the smudge stick. ***
AN AFFIRMATION TO ACCOMPANY YOUR SMUDGING CLEANSE
As I strike the match and take my Recess. I watch the curls of smoke and allow them to take away negative energies. I repeat to myself;
I am Still
I am Calm
I am Worthy
I am Loved.
This ritual is a great one to return to whenever you are feeling unbalanced, stuck or negative and need to restore a sense of calm and positive energy.
May this act l ground you and bring peace and clarity.
Love + Light