thoughts & ponderings
As promised in the last blog, some more information about white sage.
The burning of white sage is an ancient practice, and is one of the best and easiest ways to cleanse energy and auras. Most people recognize the burning of sage from Native American traditions, though it’s referenced in many other cultures for the same purpose, such as the Celtic Druids. Have you ever wondered why people who give wise advice are considered sagely, or why knowledgeable mystics are named Sages? It’s because white sage is strongly associated with clarity, wisdom, and healing, and thus has many helpful applications in our lives.
Do you ever get that feeling, when someone is just a little too close to you in the supermarket line, that you really feel uncomfortable around them? They haven’t said or done anything that you’d normally consider offensive, but something about them, especially because they are in close proximity to you, just sets off alarm bells in your head, and you just have an icky feeling. Or, do you have a friend or coworker who comes to you with their problems? You talk it out, and they feel great after your conversation, but you’re left feeling drained.
Wake up to a noisy alarm after too little sleep, chug the coffee, rush the kids to the bus, leave for work, get pressured by the boss, there’s roadworks on your way home (yes Adelaide, you know what I mean), run the errands, pick the kids up from soccer, grab take away for dinner, get to bed late again
“It’s as easy as breathing.” We hear this phrase about tasks that are so simple, you don’t even have to think about them. But this, as in all things, doesn’t make for a complete picture. In fact, when we pay attention to our breath, we’re also paying attention to our prana, our life force energy.
When we think of being grounded, most people imagine the mundane, either a kid who pushed a boundary with their parents, or safely wired electronics. Did you know there’s another meaning and it involves being stable and centered inside yourself? Being grounded can mean the difference between feeling as though you have little or no control over situations that affect you, and being in the flow with the universal energy around you and feeling supported by the ancient Earth energy.
From the time we’re young, we receive conflicting feedback from the world. On one hand, we’re encouraged to pursue our dreams and do what we love, and if we’re lucky we have friends and family to tell us they love us just the way we are. On the other hand, we often feel like we aren’t good enough, we don’t measure up, or we just don’t have the qualities we want to embody.
I used to have a habit of ignoring my self-care. I was nervous to get a massage, so I put it off. I would eat the cheaper or more convenient food. I wouldn’t take time for myself, feeling like it was selfish or greedy. It’s taken a long time, but self-care has become more of a priority for me.
I have been pondering this last week the importance of slowing down and appreciating the opportunities and blessings not just in my life but all around us. Just noticing. And wow, an amazing thing happened. I found that by placing my focus on positive things and expressing gratitude I upped my happiness factor and the things that might usually really bother me were not so significant.
I know it may seem strange for someone who has chosen holistic health as a career to say this but I'm just going to come right out and say it. I was too afraid to have a massage because I was overweight. I was in my 30's before I actually got the courage to go and lay on a massage table with nothing but a towel between me and ... and what?
My blog today is not my own and I will put a link at the bottom to the original source. The information though was too interesting to not share so I have used my own words to convey the concept. The concept of the idea-birthing process was shared by Eleanor O'Rourke and Deepak Chopra.at a spirituality conference held in London last year .
© White Sage Wellbeing & contributors. 2017
So this is me, a down to earth soul having a human experience.
Relishing the challenges and embracing the imperfections of my humanness while pushing the boundaries, exploring and growing by design.
When I'm not doing my thing at White Sage I'm usually out in the studio with music and paints, catching up with Netflix or hanging out with family (because they're adorable).
My crushes are Brene Brown and Carolyn Myss. I'm eternally inspired by Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell & Robert A. Johnson.