I go through great lengths to keep a positive attitude every day, but some days I’m stank.
Just in a funk. Usually it’s because I’m mentally exhausted or, as an empathy sponge (an empath), I’ve soaked up my limit of other people’s ish.
On those bad days I like to be to by myself. Alone time is super important to me. For the most part, my alone time brings me happiness. I shut off my phone and do things only I want to do. I’d have my fill of doing for others, now it’s time to do for me.
One of the things I like to do to clear the bad mood off me and out my mind is, burn sage.
*PAUSE* quick lesson:
You may have heard burning sage being called smudging, but I’m here to tell you there’s a cultural difference that must be respected.
Smudging, on the surface, is a sacred ceremony that involves the burning of many different sacred medicines. It has been a part of many Native American ceremonies longer than any of us have been alive.
Nine times out of ten if you’re burning sage, you are not smudging, you’re smoke cleansing. While the purpose is similar the two are not the same.
So, it’s important to do your research, really understand what you’re doing, what you’re purchasing and what words you’re using before you flaunt your bundle of white sage around on Instagram.
The ritual burning of herbs and herbal resins is common to many cultures in the world. Burning sage is one of the oldest and purest methods of cleansing a person or space.
So when I’m feeling down I set fire to my sage, open a window and let the smoke fill the space around me as a meditate. The negative feelings I had are caught in the smoke and swept swiftly out the window.
It’s a very serious process and shouldn’t be taken lightly, to me. So I don’t do it often, only when I really need to.
As the smoke clears, I immediately feel a sense of peace and happiness. Adding meditation to my sage moment gives me focus and motivation.
There are many different ways to burn sage, some my chant, pray, speak affirmations as the smoke fills the air. I’ve tried a few over the years, but this was my personal way of doing it this time.
Burning sage has become popular, retail stores are selling kits for outrageous prices. Don’t get caught culture appropriating. But I think if you burn sage seeking a pure heart and healing, do it with respect and seriousness, you will see it’s true and amazing benefits.