Negativity Cleanse

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.

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Holy Yoga : Jesus at the Core Workshop

On January 25th my friend Racquel and I attended the Holy Yoga: Jesus at the Core workshop at Park Cities Baptist Church. It was a very refreshing experience to finally get to combine yoga and worship openly with other people. I am thankful for this moment and to have shared it with such a close friend. We were even lucky to meet Brooke Boon herself ( the author of Holy Yoga).

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Brooke delivered a great devotional, meditation and yoga practice for the day. I was tired but yearned for more. In Brooke’s devotional she reflected on:

Psalm 37:4

Delight ourselves in The Lord!

Be Delicate: Soft , delicate, transformed, molded.

Know that God created us in the end in mind.

Be soft in the hand of the father = delight on the father.

We love because he loved us.

Pursue delight in The Lord.

Delight: to make merry over.

Delight in me, but not before I delight in you.

God is interested in making merry over you.

Position yourself in a space for him to love you.

Just know that: God is……

Ephesians 1:11 it’s in me that you find out who you are and why you’re living.

1 John 4:19

The humility of delight in The Lord.

As I worshipped and prayed I thought of the phrase ” I will delight in you Lord.” Over and over that phrase gave me strength, purpose an happiness in my practice. At the end of our practice Brooke prayed and she simply said, “GOD Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Immediately I was filled with spirit and burst into quiet tears. I heard my friend Racquel crying next to me. It was a beautiful moment to experience with such a good friend. God was there with us in that moment. A moment when we deeply needed to hear him.

While we practiced Brooke played Ryan Adam’s acoustic cover of Wonderwall by Oasis. I never have applied a secular song to GOD before but it fit perfectly.

“Maybe. You’re gonna be the one that saves me. And after all you’re my wonderwall. ”

Wow.