SMUDGING

My first memory of my first visit to Bali was the scent in the air. As I stepped out of the plane onto the moveable stairway the smell of incense in the warm air embraced me from all directions. It was in that exact moment that I knew I had been here before, many times, perhaps even many lifetimes. I felt at home, this deep sense of safety. Over the last nine years when I disembark from the plane and feel the air on my skin and take a deep breath, the scent drops me into the present immediately. And everywhere you go in Ubud, where I live part-time, the smiles for miles and smell of incense lead you moment to moment to live in gratitude.
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Besides incense I also use medicinally the practice of burning S A G E — also known as smudging — which is an ancient spiritual ritual to cleanse a person, a group of people or a space. If you come to my home, anywhere I live, I will ask your permission to smudge you before you enter my sacred space so the energy in my home stays clear.
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The ritual burning of herbs is common to many cultures in the world. From the rich #frankincense of the Catholic Church, which is another childhood memory that I love, to the heady incenses of Asia, to the raw energy of brush burning in many native cultures—the purification of space through this modality is a global phenomenon with benefits for everyone.
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Burning sage is one of the oldest and purest methods of cleansing a person, group of people or space. While Native American sage burning is the most commonly recognized form of it today, it has nevertheless been a shared practice in other cultures too. From the ancient Celtic druids who used sage as a sacred herb alongside Oak Moss for burning as well as medicinal purposes, to the Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon whose Palo Santo (sacred/sainted wood) sage burning ceremonies are still practiced to this day. My heritage of South America, my birthplace, may be one of the reasons why this method of cleansing feels so natural to me.
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Smudging also has science supporting its benefits too.
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1. Purification
The most-used types of sage have antimicrobial properties. This means they keep infectious bacteria, viruses, pollution, mold and fungi at bay.
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White prairie sage (Artemisia ludoviciana) is both antimicrobial and antibacterial. White sage (Salvia apiana) is also antimicrobial. And both have been shown to repel insects. One 2007 study found that burning sage for an hour decreased the level of aerial bacteria by 94 percent. These effects were preserved for up to 24 hours afterward.
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**Though scientifically unproven, burning sage is thought to release negative ions. This is said to help neutralize positive ions like pollution, dust, mold, pet dander.
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2. Cleansing
Smudging is a ritual tool to rid yourself — or your space — of negativity. This includes past traumas, bad experiences, or negative energies from others you pick up going about your day. It cleanses yourself and your space for manifesting through positive energy. Think of this based in the Law of Attraction. This cleansed space helps us to create a vibrational vortex of positivity. Positive energy attracts positive energy. We are vibrational beings attracting like energy. Cleansing negative vibration makes us more magnetic for positive things to flow our way.

You can cleanse not only yourself and your space but your belongs. For instance after you’ve worn your Malas for a while they need to be cleansed. Use smudging as a way to

3. Reduces Stress
A 2016 research project for the University of Mississippi established that white sage (Salvia apiana) is rich in compounds that activate certain receptors in the brain. These receptors are responsible for elevating mood levels, reducing stress, and even alleviating pain.

If you believe smudging distresses your day as a part of a coming home ritual, or evening ritual then it will have the impact you want it to have based upon your belief. The stronger you associate distressing with the scent of sage and marry this to the science the better it will work. The better it works, the better it works.

Today is a very good day for sage.
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LESS DRAMA

Meditate and Lessen the Drama
By Silvia Mordini

You would think that the yoga would make the process of meditation go faster. I thought it would too. But even now, when I meditate, it still feels a little like watching tv in my mind. Perhaps I’ve dropped my digital subscription, and there are fewer channels than I’ve had in the past, but certainly, I still have the stories. Instead of engaging, I simply watch my thoughts without expecting anything in particular. As a result, the dramas in my conscious life have lessened. The inner quiet I yearned for during meditation didn’t always happen, but a peaceful essence transitions into my regular life.

In short, my meditation can be loud but it makes my life more quiet.

This isn’t how I thought it would work. But I am happy to say in retrospect that it makes sense. Try it and see for yourself. Set your clock for 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 8 minutes and then 10 minutes as you build up your ability to be with your internal noise. You will, like me, realize that your outer life becomes more peaceful. Don’t expect anything while you are meditating stay open and free to allowing anytihng to be, to be. The stable place of peace will be revealed and during the course of your normal day you will remember it exists so your choices become mindful responses rather than reactions.

This is how meditating will help you be mindfully in love with your life.

Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

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Here is a meditation and a breathing technique to help you lessen the drama.

Meditation Smoke Out, Light in Meditation:
– While breathing out, imagine that all your negative energies, mistakes, misunderstandings and emotions leave your body with the breath. Visualise this energy as black smoke, which goes out into space and completely disappears.
– While breathing in, imagine that all the positive energy of the universe enters your body with the breath. Visualise this positive energy as pure white light that enters all the parts of your body; it pervades every cell and atom. Enjoy this clear white light.
– If you feel comfortable, use every breath to inhale light and to exhale black smoke and problems.
– When distracted by other thoughts, simply observe them without getting involved; transform them into black smoke and breathe them out.

Laughter and Your Happy Muscles

Yoga has serioius benefits but we don’t have to take ourselves so seriously.

Develop Your Happy Muscles:
1. Grow your sense of humor while on the mat.
2. Laugh more at yourself and at the situation of the poses. It really is funny!

Laughter is good for your health

  • Laughing can reduce stress, boost our mood, improve our immune system and relieve pain
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  • Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies thus improving your resistance to disease.

In particular you can see the benefits of laughter impact us physically, mentally and socially.

Social Benefits
Strengthens relationships
Attracts others to us
Enhances teamwork
Helps defuse conflict
Promotes group bonding

Physical Benefits
Boosts immunity
Lowers stress hormones
Decreases pain
Relaxes your muscles
Prevents heart disease

Mental Benefits
Adds joy and zest to life
Eases anxiety and fear
Relieves stress
Improves mood
Enhances resilience

Use your yoga to gain all of these benefits as you practice falling in and out of poses, enjoying the process. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

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Sleep is the Best Meditation by Silvia Mordini

An estimated 70 million U.S. adults suffer from chronic sleep problems according to the CDC.

Read my latest article on @GaiamTV to learn how
YOGA = BETTER SLEEP

POOR SLEEP CAN CONTRIBUTE TO:
Weight gain
Headaches
High blood pressure
Diabetes
Depression
Impaired immune system
Attention deficit disorder (ADD)

– See more at: http://www.gaiamtv.com/article/sleep-best-meditation

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Meditate and Lessen the Drama by Silvia Mordini

FREE YOURSELF BY FREEING YOUR MIND

By taking charge and freeing myself of that which causes anxiety or compulsiveness, the steady, stable place of peace within is revealed. In my practice, I remember that place of peace, which is right here, always, while life circumstances continually change. As I move out into the world from this peace, my choices become thoughtful responses, rather than harmful emotional reactions.

– See more at: GAIAMTV

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