When you’re getting a new home or trying to get rid of bad vibes, it can be hard to figure out how to set things right.
Smudging has been gaining more traction as a mainstream practice in recent years. But, how do you make sure you’re smudging properly and respectfully?
Read on to learn how to smudge a home.
Smudging is an important practice in many Indigenous cultures. So, you don’t want to appropriate smudging willy-nilly. Pay your respects to the indigenous people in your area. Land acknowledgments before you start smudging may be something to consider, or at least educating yourself about the land you live on.
Take the practice of smudging seriously, and don’t treat it as a lark or something amusing to do. Whenever possible, buy your smudging supplies from indigenous sources, so that you’re giving back to the community.
Get the Right Equipment
You’ll also need to make sure you have the appropriate smudging supplies on hand. Usually, you’ll need plants like dried sage, cedar, or sweetgrass. You’ll need some sort of fireproof container, matches, and a method for easily extinguishing your smudge stick once you’ve finished the process.
Since smudging does involve fire, you’ll want to make sure you have fire safety covered before you start smudging. Check all the fire alarms in your home, and have a fire extinguisher on hand.
If you’ve never tried smudging before, buying a smudge kit can set you up with everything you need. This will make it easier and quicker to start smudging your home.
Begin the Smudging Process
Once you have everything you need on hand, it’s time to start house smudging. Open up as many of the doors and windows in your home as you can.
Light the smudge stick at the front door of your home. Hold the bowl under the stick as you light it, to prevent any debris or other issues. You’ll then move slowly and carefully throughout your home, allowing smoke to fill every nook and cranny in each room.
This will help the purification process. You’ll want to keep the amount of smoke moderate, to avoid triggering any fire alarms or causing any health issues for the people in your home. If the smudge stick goes out at any point, you can always relight it.
It’s important to keep your intentions in mind throughout the smudging process. You may want to try meditating before you begin smudging, so that you can clear your mind of any other influences that may distract you from what you really want.
Smudge a Home: Get Started Today
Hopefully, you now understand how to smudge a home respectfully and safely. Give it a shot, and see if this practice is right for your needs.
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