When burning the sage bundle, I was told to focus on corners, as this is where energy tends to accumulate like bad cobwebs. Once my trusty sage stick was really, truly smoking, I went around my apartment one last time, carefully avoiding my smoke detector. Finally I felt like something had shifted; I was finally doing something right. I became more at ease with the process, and it even started feeling enjoyable—were the negative ions really being released from my space?
When I finished, I let the sage burn out, as advised. Nothing had really changed: My apartment was still small and cluttered. Thirty minutes later, the smell of smoke had dissipated, but the lingering fragrance of sage remained. It brought me back to evenings at my country house cooking with my mother. It made me feel at peace, comforted, and clearheaded. It also made me crave a bowl of spaghetti with homemade sauce. Finally, the space felt different: cleaner and more energizing. My apartment hadn’t changed, but my perception of it had. Maybe it was the smudging, or maybe it was taking the time to set intentions for each area of my home—to be more productive at my desk, and more tolerant to my newfound mini digs—but my space did feel happier and healthier. When I opened my medicine cabinet that morning, the toothpaste tube fell out (as it often does), but it didn’t frustrate me. Instead, I brushed it off as I happily started getting ready for work. Bonus: I didn’t feel as stressed or rushed as I often feel in the morning.
The verdict: Maybe there’s something to be said about sage smudging after all. While I probably won’t be running to my local occult store on the reg—it’s mostly always closed anyway, as I learned while trying to purchase my sage—I still have a couple of sticks from the bundle I purchased, and I will definitely be lighting them up again. It may not make me lose weight (I’ll probably crave homemade spaghetti every single time), but if it can bring me a sense of peace at home and offer a positive, stress-free respite from New York’s hectic day-to-day life, I’m all for it. Bring on the positive vibes.
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