If you're still in an exuberant New Year mood and are on a quest to invite all things positive into your life, then sage and the act of smuding should be a big part of your plan.
Sage is pretty much an energy cleanser; like a natural vacuum cleaner for negative vibes and for many years indigenous people have used it to rid individuals or spaces of negative energy and to create an overall sense of positivity abd wellbeing.
So, if you're feeling a little sluggish, demotivated or simply feel like things are, erm - a little off, then cleansing yourself, home or office by burning sage can provide a clean, positive and energised atmosphere.
Wondering how to carry out smudging correctly?
1. Smudging sticks can be found online or in your local healing shop. Once you've retrieved one take some time to plan your energy cleansing session. Preferably when the kids are not home and when you are feeling peaceful and calm. Some people like to prepare a short prayer, or words to say. Try something along the lines of:
"Thank you for clearing negativity from my life. Please continue to protect me and my loved ones and ensure we can live in peace, happiness and harmony".
2. Begin by opening all windows and doors and it will probably be a good idea to turn your smoke alarm off (not forgetting to turn it back on afterwards.) Take the smudging stick and hold it at a 45 degree angle and begin to light with either a match or lighter, making sure to burn all leaves at the top. It also helps to fan or blow to keep the stick smouldering.
3. Starting from the top of your home and focusing initially in the corners start to move around slowly ensuring that the entire space has been touched by the smoke. If clearing the negative energy from a person then start from the head (about a foot away), working your way down, paying close attention to the hands and bottoms of the feet.
4. Once the cleansing has finished you will begin to feel a rise in pure energy and a shift in the overall atmosphere, with a great sense of serenity. The smell of the sage is also quite soothing and adds a unique aroma to your home.
You can continue to do this once a month to refresh your indoor energy and to maintain good vibes.