A Smudge a Day (Keeps the Anger Away!)

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Smudge Stick
Smudge Stick & Abalone Shell

It’s no big secret that our society is not built for us to enjoy peace, meditation, reflection, and moderation on a daily basis. It seems we are continuously being bombarded with all things “bigger, better, faster, more”. This seems to be a theme hanging out in the background of our conversation on what it means to be alive, and to be happy. On a personal note. One of my biggest struggles is this issue of time. There never seems to be enough time to do all the things I need to accomplish in a day. There’s certainly not enough time to relax! In the last couple months I’ve grown tired of the constant cycle of hurrying, grumbling at traffic, huffing at my professors, shoveling down my dinner, and then apologizing to my boyfriend for being in such a bad mood. Pretty dramatic, and silly, eh? Well, I found my anger and nasty mood relief in the simplest of things, one of nature’s greatest gifts: sage. I want to share with everyone who’s reading now, my 5 minute morning ritual that has made a huge difference in my daily life, and peace of mind! Please try it and let me know how it works for you!

  1. Find a quite space in your home.
  2. Light a some White Sage, or a White Sage smudge wand and run the smoke around your entire body. Be sure to go over your head, and under your feet, and get every Chakra cleansed in smoke too!
  3. Take several slow, deep breaths. Don’t be afraid to breath in the Sage smoke, it’s very healing. Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  4. You may also recite any affirmation of your choice when you are done deep breathing. Choose something that excites you, that inspires you. I usually say “I own my day” 7 times, slowly. This reminds me that I get to say how my day, and my life goes.
  5. Put out the Sage and take on your day!

Note: If you have a few extra minutes, put on some relaxing music. My favorite is The Heart of Reiki, a cd we carry regularly at Earth-Lore. Come check it out!

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