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Spring Clean Your Life

This time of year many of us find ourselves automatically engaging in some sort of spring ritual. We’ve got spring break, spring fever, and of course, spring cleaning.

Spring is a celebration of renewal and change.  Nature wakes up and in the process brings us out of our own winter hibernation. Everything is fresh and new. And spring is deeply ingrained in our collective conscious not only because we come out of the darkness of winter and into the crisp light of spring, but also because the traditional religious holidays of spring lend themselves to spiritual cleaning as well.

Lent, Passover and Easter are steeped in traditions that provide a spiritual window of opportunity to reach another spiritual level and we all can expect to be affected by their influence, whether we observe the holidays or not.

Dr. Karen Berg, director of the Kabbalah Center, blogs that spring cleaning show us that “In our lives, many of us ask to gain freedom from challenges of all kinds: relationship difficulties, financial stress, worries about health. We also ask for the freedom to believe what we want to believe and to live how we want to live.   To find this freedom, we’ve got to look inside and find those places within ourselves that need to be cleansed—of ego, of anger, of sadness, of any negative emotion. And we do the external work of cleaning our surroundings because the physical effort we make creates a vessel, or a place, for a blessing to reside.”

Essentially, we are responsible for our spring cleaning and for planting the seeds for new growth.  To make this happen, we need to eliminate the clutter from the past year and create a clean space inside of ourselves.

Just as we face reluctance in getting started on our physical spring cleaning of the home, it may be difficult to get started on a spiritual spring cleaning -here’s 6 ways to get started moving that mountain of inner clutter!

1.  Eliminate what no longer serves you.  Get rid of distractions that block your spiritual flow. Are you watching too much television, working too much or going to bed too late?  Maybe you have some friendships or a relationship that is toxic.  Just as you’d set a broken couch on the curb, you can also curb undesirable personal patterns. Incorporate more activities that nurture your connection with spirit, such as meditating, reading, learning new skills, and practicing self-care. Eliminate clutter in your schedule to create space to focus on what’s truly important.

2.  Cleanse your body.  Your body is your soul’s temple.  Eliminate unhealthy eating or drinking behavioral patterns.  Do you find you eat poorly because someone else does the grocery shopping?  Volunteer to be the market manager for a while and play with new menu options.  If you find you drink more when out socially, order a sparkling water with lime instead of an alcoholic beverage.   You can also explore the world of juice cleansing. There is no better time than now to start an exciting cleanse with summer on the horizon.

3.  Rinse your mouth.  What you say reflects a lot about your inner reality.  Not to mention, shapes how others around you will proceed in their day.  Brush out judgment, a bad attitude and negative self-talk and only speak words of positive intention.  For example, instead of blasting off about how you and your passenger are stuck in wreck traffic, give thanks you are safely in your vehicle and use the opportunity to send loving vibes to those affected by the accident.

4.  Get rid of old baggage. Have an unresolved spat or bitterness lingering in the closet spaces of your mind? Address issues either directly or indirectly through personal reconciliation measures. Ask Spirit to help you learn how to deal well with difficult people and those whose personalities conflict with yours.  Whenever people offend you in minor ways, be willing to let the issues go.  Whenever people offend you in major ways, be willing to forgive them and reconcile if possible.  An open mind and forgiveness are the only bags you need.

5. Open your inner windows and let the sun in!  Open yourself up to being venerable and you will soon see the walls of others fade away as well.  Allowing your inner light to shine will attract more authentic people and personally rewarding opportunities to your doorstep. 

6. Top your cleaning off with a smudging ritual. With smudging, you can use sage, sweetgrass or other herbs. You can also use incense, if you like. The purpose of smudging is to use smoke to carry negative energy out of the area. When you light sage or sweetgrass, set your new intentions and allow it to flame for a moment, then blow out the flame. This will leave you with a burning herb bundle, which will create smoke.  Declare old, dirty energy is no longer welcome and invite new, love-based ambiance into your home.

Now that your body (your spiritual house) is spick and span, invite others to share the after-effect with you.  Look up a pleasant friend, join a new enlightening class or join like synergies at a retreat. The key to keeping clean is the periodical life reorganization and refresher.

Our community is full of life refreshers.  Check out our classes, retreats and books we recommend to keep your soul polished.

Inspired to get to work?  You will also enjoy the article “Clean up the Body Clear Out the Mind“.    

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How to “Smudge” or Hold a Space Clearing Ceremony in Your Home

Sage smudging is the an ancient cleansing ritual used by Native American and Shamanic cultures to remove negative energy from a space.   Whether you’re moving and want to release the stress, and signal a new beginning, or if you feel that your current home has stagnant energy that needs to be cleared, this is a simple ceremony of gratitude for your shelter.

10 Simple Steps to Perform a Sage Cleansing Ceremony

1.  Buy a sage smudge stick from a natural foods store, or make one yourself from dried sage. It can be mixed with sandalwood or lavender to increase the fragrance, but you should burn the entire bundle in one ceremony.

2.  Open all doors and windows.

3.  Light the smudge stick, and when the flame catches, blow it out and allow the embers to start to smoke like incense.  Carry it over a large shell (traditional) or bowl to catch any ashes.

4.  Before you start, set an intention for your home overall, and then for each room.  Say a prayer of cleansing like;  “I cleanse this home of any impurities, negativity, or energy that does not serve or support our family.  I am grateful for the shelter our roof provides, and for the love these walls hold.”

5. Engage the Four Directions – East, North, West and South, turn up to God and the Universe and ask for wisdom and strength, and look down and feel your feet connect to Mother Earth and give thanks for love and peace.

6.  Walk around the house, waving the sage stick so its smoke drifts into corners, along walls, around windows, and along ceiling lines.  As you do, imagine the smoke absorbing negativity, problems from those who were in the space before you, toxicity, and anything else you want to go away.  See the smoke dissipating and floating out the windows, and imagine that bad energy flowing out of your space, making room for positive, fresh energy.  Pause in the kitchen and express gratitude for the meals you prepare there.  In the bathroom, for the fresh abundant water you have been blessed with.

7.  After you’ve blessed every room, give yourself a sage cleanse by cupping your hands over the smoke and  wave it around your face and body as you would in a water shower.  Visualize any residual negativity sailing out of your body, out of your home, and into oblivion.

8.  Take a moment to feel the energy of the house now. It should feel very light, spacious, and clear.  

9. Walk out a door, close it, and smudge around the door and door frame.  Leave the bundle (safely) outside to burn itself out, and then bury it in your back yard.

10. Don’t let these detailed instructions complicate your ceremony.  As with any spiritual practice, do what feels right for you.  Setting an intention and saying prayer is all that’s truly important.

Sage is a wonderful gift from Mother Earth with many healing properties, and this ceremony gives us the opportunity to say that we are grateful for our home.  In fact, it’s wonderful to do a purification ritual for your home regularly. Negative energies have a habit of collecting in our living spaces, and this affects our lives, holding ceremony to release the energy that does not serve you will help you to notice a difference in the ‘lightness’ of your home, and the smoothness of your life as well.

You can buy a kit here:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/77225548/sage-smudging-kit-cleansing-consecrating

Do you have any tips for smudging that we have missed?  Let us know below!

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