5 Minutes of Om: Smudging
*wind chimes ringing in the air*
Isn’t it soothing to hear the wind chimes on a quiet Saturday?
A few years back, maybe about 5 or 6 years ago, my older sister got into Feng Shui and you know most little sisters follow their big sister, so when she got a wind chime for her home, I got one for mine!
I read that wind chimes activate favorable energy or Sheng Chi and bring good fortune into any environment! This gentle sound corrects the negative effects of traffic sounds, harsh noise, and dull noise, and brings balance into our environment. In addition, the healing tones of the chimes release blockages in our bodies, minds, and spirits, bringing a sense of healing and peace into our lives. The sound of chimes reminds us at physical and mental levels to be calm and be well.
Who wouldn’t want to activate positivity, I sure do!
Anyway, this past weekend, as I do every year after Christmas, I spent the better part of my few days home from work cleaning and clearing out the house. I started in the basement and worked my way to the top of the house with my room being last. Its amazing how much STUFF I had kept just because. As I was cleaning, I could hear the wind chimes ringing.
Yes, bring on the good energy for the New Year!
Each year, after I’m done cleaning, I like to SMUDGE my house.
Smudging is done to correct the energy in a home. Burning sage or sage and a combination of herbs accomplish this, in a focused, intentional way to cleanse out negative energy and to replenish positive, healing energy.
I started smudging my house back in 2006 after having visited a town called New Hope in Pennsylvania. During that time, I was pregnant with my daughter Lavender and my dad, stepmother and I decided to visit the shops along a street my dad had passed earlier that month while on business. We stopped in a small shop where I met this super sweet Native American woman. As we were speaking, I began to tell her that my goal for the pregnancy was to have a healthy baby, as all mothers wish. She explained to me a ritual that her tribe would use to promote a healthy pregnancy and even signal when the baby would arrive. She encouraged me to wear a medicine bag with sage, sweetgrass, tobacco and cedar in it. It was pretty awesome to take part in my own intentional ceremony and have my dad present me with these things.
Since I was able to keep the remainder of the sweetgrass braid and the sage, I started using them both to smudge my home. I typically do it in December and May, unless I get the urge to do it in-between. This year I didn’t use my sweetgrass braid ( I can’t find it *real tears*) but I did use loose Sage, Lavender and Thyme. I don’t use a feather, just my hand to push the wisps of smoke about the house. In each room, I just say a small prayer, asking for continued blessings over my home, my family and our future.
Smudging brings a peaceful calm
I think that anything we do that can encourage positive vibes is a good practice. If you decide to smudge your home, please be sure to read up on smudging before you start and once you’ve finished, make sure you meditate on all the positive you hope to see in the New Year.
Peace be with you.
In case you’re wondering about that medicine bag…
Growing up with a superstitious grandmother, the medicine bag was no stretch of the imagination and definitely a belief I immediately subscribed to. I did wear the medicine bag my entire pregnancy, even in the shower (the bag was leather) and it did fall off 2 days before my daughter was born. I wrote the entire account in my pregnancy journal. I plan to give this diary to my daughter when she turns 18. I’ve been chronicling all her big events since I found out I was pregnant. ♡