The Good Ju-Ju 4-Step Guide to Smudging
For centuries people of different cultures have been practicing smudging rituals to channel energies, and the holistic wellness practice is still widely done today. In North American history, Native Americans are known for using sage smudges during spiritual and holistic rituals. Other cultures around the world from Africa to India, and Japan also practice smudging and herbal burning rituals.
The basic art and idea of smudging is the burning of holistic herbs while channeling positive energy, and spiritual powers. The purpose is normally to release negative energy, and toxins from the environment, the space, and your inner being. And invite goodness, purity, protection, and cleansing energy into your being to illuminate at your best. The types of herbs burned and smudge used can vary depending on the type of energies being channeled. Some herbs like White Sage, are known to assist with cleansing, while a Palo Santo Smudge can assist with boosting positivity.
The intention of a smudging ritual can be completely up to your personal energy needs. A smudging ritual is a perfect time to do deep energy work and spiritual healing. The ritual can be a simple or complex as you desire.
A Culture Trip Experience: While visiting Narita I participated in a healing smoke ritual at a buddhist temple in Japan. The smoke comes from a large earthenware called Jokoro. It is one of the articles used on a Buddhist altar to purify the body of the people visiting the temple. People came to believe that the smoke from the incense burner has a healing effect.
This is also the temple I learned the power of silence, unplugging, and how to meditate in peace. For more about this tranquil culture travel experience check out the blog Shinshoji Temple Travel Zen Experience
Using Smudges is a great way to settled into your self-care routine. It can be as simple as taking 3 minutes to mindfully breathe,
The benefits of self-care are far too many to list individually, just as the different types of self-care routines. But they all hold the same effect of being amazing with self-preservation and are rejuvenation essentials that keep our light shining.
One of my favorite ways to care for my chakras and boost the positive energy with smudging and aromatherapy candles. I turn off any harsh lights, and use the salt lamps to emit soft light along with the glow of natural aromatherapy candles. To set a clean, clear, peaceful space, the room is smudged and positive intentions are said for the space and my being.
It’s ok to give oneself the attention that’s needed to rejuvenate and thrive. Whatever the self-care routines even if it seems weird to others, remember its not for them, its for you. Normalizing your own self-care practices can help you maintain your overall wellness.
How to Smudge with Positive Love Energies
Step 1 Select a herbal smudge that is aligned with your intentional energy needs. See Below for a quick guide and Shop Organic Good Energy Smudges
Step 2 Focus your mind and center your energies on your intention for that moment in time.
Step 3 Light the Smudge and verbally say your positive intention. Wafting the smudge in the air in circular motions repeating stating what energies you would like to attract, with affirmations of positive flow with the universe.
Step 4 Breathe Deeply and be present in the space. Smile and enjoy this time of peace, channel the good energy throughout your space and being.