Sensi Magazine August 2018 - Denver/Boulder Digital Edition
Aug 01, 2018 05:53AM ● Published by Amber Orvik
One evening in June, I returned to my apartment after a last-minute retreat to the mountains. In my bag was a bundle of sage that had been growing wild on the property where I had been staying on the Western Slope. The woman who owned the land told me that sage had been used in spiritual rituals as a way to cleanse negative energies from people and places, suggesting that I burn some when I got home to help me further reset..
An East Coast cynic who spent her formative years going to school in a convent, I was skeptical. In my mind, I could hear my mother saying I shouldn’t buy into the “hippie-dippy bullshit”—a sentiment some people share when they hear about the healing power of cannabis. So I decided to look at the spiritual cleansing ritual the same way we encourage Sensi readers to think about using cannabis for health and wellness: it can’t hurt you, it might help you, and there’s no harm in trying.
So I went for it. I needed to do something—my apartment had digressed from a place I adored to a place I had to escape, an empty spot filled with sadness stemming from the loss of two pets in just two months. I lit a bundle of sage, waved a feather at the smoke rising from a heat-proof abalone shell while repeating a chant demanding negative energies get the fuck out—my personalized smudging prayer. It took all night, but by dawn, I felt it: the bad had been banished, the space had been renewed.
Did negative energy actually exit through the open windows, driven out by the cleansing smoke and my profanity, or did my mindset merely change while I went through the ritual? Does it matter? It worked. For me, it worked.
Which brings me to the underlying message of this year’s health and wellness issue: do you, be well, don’t judge. This applies to spiritual practices, exercise routines, wellness pursuits: if you find something that works for you, do it up, do it often, do it well (as long as it doesn’t harm anyone else, of course). Just don’t get all preachy about it or insist that other people’s pursuits are lacking in anyway.
Your meditation practice is my synchronized stationary biking routine. You do you, I’ll do me, and we’ll all be better because of it.
Stephanie Wilson // EDITOR IN CHIEF // SENSI MAGAZINE
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