The art of smudging is an ancient cleansing ritual practiced by Native Americans to remove negative energy from a space. The practice is simple but requires mindful intention with each step. Ideally you should smudge your home on a regular basis, just like you would dust or clean it. But if you’re new to smudging then a good time to cleanse is when you move into a new place. This time of year is filled with students transitioning into new homes and gearing up for another year. We don’t want the negativity of the previous owners affecting your studies or relationships so cleansing is important. Also, if you have had an argument with a significant other or friend, then we reccomend smudging the area the fight took place. Purifying your space will not only rid the area of bad energy, but also energize your spirit and mind.
Before we begin, make sure you have a sage bundle, matches and abalone shell. Open up windows and doors so the negative energy can leave (and so you don’t inhale the smoke).
Take a deep breath, think positively and begin by lighting the dried sage. This can be dangerous so make sure you aren’t near anything that can catch fire. Carefully waft the flame to distinguish it. The smoke should continue and now you are ready to begin.
Windows and doors are especially important and require attention. Focus on these areas to cleanse the entrances to your home and to force negative energy out of your space.
Palo Santo incense sticks originated in Peru and began with the Incan Empire. The scent is very uplifiting and will definitely energize your mind after it is lit. Simply light a stick for about 30 seconds to 1 minute and waft or blow it out. Take it around a room to disperse the positve energy throughout your space and cleanse the area.