Growing up, whenever we moved to a new home, at the start of a new season or after somebody had just gotten over an illness, we would smudge each room with a bundle of white sage. The idea behind the process is that you clear out old, stale or negative energy to allow for new, fresh or positive energy to flow in. The process is simple and unique to every individual, but essentially what is done is you light your bundle of sage and simply wave the plume of smoke in each room, corner, nook and cranny of your home, perhaps sharing an intention or affirmation.
Connecting with Emily this week has me thinking about mind-body wellness, recommitting to healthy habits and educating myself on even the smallest of daily changes I can make in my life. This past fall in New Mexico, I nostalgically purchased a bundle of white sage and I decided today was as good as any day to spark it up and clear out the lazy, hazy energy of August and summer and usher in new, promising energy for September and fall on the horizon. I also recently came across a new bundle from this company that I was drawn to in particular because it includes selenite crystal (known for its protective properties) and Palo Santo (a sacred wood which serves a similiar purpuse of riding a space of negative energy as white sage does). I’ve placed the bundle in a small vase next to my bed. When the need arises, I’ll burn the wood, and in the meantime, it’s a welcome, pretty and comforting sight to see at bedtime and I can rest assured knowing that me and my husband are getting all the positive vibes from the selenite overnight.
Whether you subscribe to the benefits of smudging and energy crystals or not, there is something to be said about the healing power of letting the old out in order to bring in the new, in whatever form that may be for you, especially as we prepare to make the transition in seasons. It can be anything from opening the windows to let in some fresh air to lighting a new candle to bring a new scent (and sense of calm or well-being) into your space.
Whatever your beliefs, I hope you allow yourself to be open to new experiences and connections, good health and good fun, deep and lasting love and all the wonderful things that make life rich as we head into the last, long weekend of the summer here in North America. Have a good one, friends.