|Posted by BGF FitnessSite on March 5, 2017 at 7:25 PM|
How + Why I Burn All the Sage
In Part 7 of Your Personal Wellness Cocktail (YPWC), we explore a few simple and effective ways to begin integrating “soul food” into daily life. I surely intended to keep things simple and doable in YPWC – everything in this book is based on slowing down and doing what works for you and you only.
We live in a “do the most” kind of world, and in all actuality, that go hard mentality will not benefit most of us. A large part of the United States population is overloaded, overworked, overstressed, and undernourished. It’s not likely that you’ll stick with a mind, body, or soul ritual/habit that adds more stress to your plate. So why not join me in slowing the f**k down and doing less with consistency?
Today I wanted to share one of my favorite mindfulness practices with you – smudging with sage. You can move through this process in as little as five minutes if needed, or take a bit longer if you have space.
“Sage is regarded as the gold standard for removing negative energy and restoring balance in living spaces and our auric fields.” – Your Personal Wellness Cocktail
The actual process of smudging requires accountability, awareness, and a mindful drawing back of your power to control your actions and your response to other’s actions.
What is soul food?
“We all have our ideas about who or what the Creator is and what it means to have a healthy relationship with that Creator, which is spirituality. I’ve found that people are uncomfortable with acknowledging the divine within. Contrary to popular belief, the notion that we are all divine is not a “new age” concept. Even the Bible says, “We are gods, but we die like men.” – John 10:30-36
Spirituality has been externalized. Our relationship with the divine is heavily influenced by the opinions of others, religious expectations, appearances, and social norms. Often our “reaching out” for solutions comes down to giving our last (energy, effort, money, hope, etc.) for help that never comes. This system of seeking external healing and motivators leaves us to feel powerless to transform our lives. If you truly believe that the Most High resides within and that your body is a temple, then you will strive to live in a way that reflects that.
Soul food is any practice that strengthens your ability to ACT on the belief that the Creator dwells within you. On a side note: If you do not believe in a Higher Power at all, then science will convince you to live better. No one gets by this principle.” – Your Personal Wellness Cocktail
My Smudging Practice
Find a quiet, set apart space, and open a window. Opening the window is symbolic of allowing the negative/stagnant energy you clear to exit your space.
I burn sage and perhaps some sweet grass or cedar, and begin at the top of my body. There is a statement of release for each area of the body. It is repetitive, so stay aware and speak with intention.
Start with the eyes.
“I release anything I may have seen or caused another to see that’s causing harm or dis-ease. I release it to be repurposed for the greatest good.”
Next the ears.
“I release anything I may have heard or caused another to hear that’s causing harm or dis-ease. I release it to be repurposed for the greatest good.”
Move on to your mouth.
“I release anything I may have said or caused another to say that’s causing harm or dis-ease. I release it to be repurposed for the greatest good.”
Your heart space comes next.
“I release anything I may have felt or caused another to feel that’s causing harm or dis-ease. I release it to be repurposed for the greatest good.”
Move on to your navel/core.
“I release anything I may have sensed or caused another to sense that’s causing harm or dis-ease. I release it to be repurposed for the greatest good.”
Move on to your hands. Our hands are a reflection of our WORKS.
“I release the works of my hands that may have caused harm or dis-ease. I release what I have touched or caused another to touch that may be causing harm or dis-ease. I release it to be repurposed for the greatest good.”
Next your groin. The vagina is a portal; while we receive from our intimate partner here, we also bring forth life from this gate. This is the energetic seat of creativity, from which we birth physically and spiritually. So I release energy that enters and exits from this space. A man reading this may find an adjustment of wording and intention here. Go with what feels right.
“I release anything that has entered or exited my body that may be causing harm or dis-ease. I release it to be repurposed for the greatest good.”
Move to your back. Here I’ll place the sage at the base of my spine, allowing the smoke to rise, and will release “others” thoughts and intentions for my life that may not be in my best interest.
As an example, this is the energy from a coworker who doesn’t think you deserved that promotion you just got. Or a family member who thinks they know what’s best for you. They may not speak it, but the energy is sent to you (this could also be a weird empath thing, so skip it if it doesn’t apply). Other times people are very aware of the intentions and words they speak “behind your back” or outside of your awareness. Release that too.
“I release any thoughts, words, or intentions existing behind my back and beyond my awareness. I release what I may have thought or spoken beyond another’s awareness. I release it to be repurposed for the greatest good.
End with your feet.
“I release any space I have traveled to or caused another to go that’s causing harm or dis-ease. I release it to be repurposed for the greatest good.”
If there’s a particular energy or thought that comes to mind, release that as well and close with a few deep breaths, gratitude, and one final statement.
“Make your exit.”
Any negative or stagnant energy I shook off must go, so I say it as a reminder to LET. IT. GO. There’s so much power in saying things and meaning them.
There you have it! Let me know if you give it a try and how it feels. This is an amazing way to get a mental, physical, or spiritual reset in your day.
If you’re looking for more simple and effective ways to slow down and implement sustainable lifestyle change, check out my book Your Personal Wellness Cocktail.
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