I needed a good cleanse. Yes I may be already cleansing my body using Trader Joe’s Complete Body Cleanse and Nature’s Way AKN Skincare but I needed more…I needed a spiritual cleansing.
Sage smudging cleanses your aura and the air. Smudging helps clear the mind, body and spirit from negativity. This is a ritual that I utilize during change in seasons, going into a new year, moving into a new home or simply when faced with many challenges and much negativity.
I had experienced petty arguments, built up resentment and anger as well as stress and anxiety in the last few months.
It was time to finally let go.
I lit my candles, my sage and I sat in half lotus.
I followed this beautiful Smudging Prayer from Ayurvedic Therapist, Bess O’Conner:
May your hands be cleansed, that they create beautiful things.
May your feet be cleansed, that they might take you where you most need to be.
May your heart be cleansed, that you might hear its messages clearly.
May your throat be cleansed, that you might speak rightly when words are needed.
May your eyes be cleansed, that you might see the signs and wonders of the world.
May this person and space be washed clean by the smoke of these fragrant plants.
And may that same smoke carry our prayers, spiraling, to the heavens.
When I am in a hurry I utilize this short incantation:
“Air, fire, water, earth. Cleanse, dismiss, dispel.”
Of course I always end any meditation with prayer. I thank God for his wisdom, grace and mercy every step that I take. During this time I held my meditation incense and prayed for a while.
I feel cleansed and thankful. Grateful for the ability to forgive others. Grateful to be able to forgive myself. Assuming the things that I have done and acknowledging the things that have been done to me.
My sorority sister bought all of us a book called, Jesus Calling. A little one year devotional book. I have begun to read it daily.
These two messages have stuck with me this week:
Refresh yourself in the peace of my presence.
Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Excited for this new found peace and transformation.