The year is half over. Are you keeping up with your awareness of the energy in your living and workspaces?
If you feel that it’s a good idea to be “out with the old” or even time to create space for something new, clear the invisible energies to allow the newness in.
One of my favorite space-clearing rituals is a sage burning. Give it a try!
Here’s what you need and how to do it:
Sage is a potent plant, and burning it is a powerful ritual: Burning sage (aka, “smudging” or “sage-ing”) is a ritual used to cleanse space or the environment from negative energy, to generate wisdom and clarity, and promote healing. The intention is everything with this ritual, so before you light up, ask yourself what you’re trying to purify, and/or heal from or release—inside you or in your space.
Burning sage has roots in Native American tradition: Many cultures follow burning practices; Catholics burn frankincense in their churches, Asian cultures burn incense, and native Amazonians burn Palo Santo. The word “sage” in Latin (salvia) translates “to heal” and it’s also a word we use in our American culture to describe a wise person. In Chinese medicine, we use the Salvia root (known as “Dan Shen” in pinyin) to cool people off, soothe irritability, and calm the spirit.
Sage variety matters less: White sage is preferable but any sage wand (sage wrapped by twine in a bundle to make a stick) will do. It’s really about The intention. You can order them online, or a buy sage at Walmart – Even Whole Foods carries them now!
The best time to smudge…is whenever you feel like your intuition is telling you to: Favorable times to smudge are when you first move into a new home or office. “At my home office, I do it between projects and also between chapters of my book”. Another good time to smudge is on a Full moon to cleanse and purify.
This is how you dress to attend a “Chicken Wedding” – I not kidding . . . you can’t make this shit up! The story will be in my book. I know I’m not the only out here from a family that – Let me say – put the “D” is dysfunctional. With that said, Mom and I had a roller-coaster of a relationship during the time WE both were growing up.
The one thing that I am so Thankful and Blessed for: is we never gave up on each other. We got pissed off at each other, we yelled at each other, we walked out on each other, gave each other the silent treatment. But, through all those times we never gave up on each other.
And I am so damn happy we didn’t. Once I got into adulthood, I was growing up and Bev was growing up right along with me. I am now left with the best memories of the times we laughed so hard my sides would hurt the next day. I used to tell her when she would be mad at me, I would say “no one loves you like I do – nobody”. A couple of days before she died, she turned to me when we were napping together and said “you’re so fuckin right nobody loves me like you do”
A truly timeless design trend, black and white furnishings should be on your list of trends to incorporate into your home’s decor for 2019 and beyond. The visual contrast of black and white will provide a sense of balance and bravery to the feel of your home while lending it a graphic punch that is timeless.
This trendy hue is getting a lot of attention again thanks to its delightfully modern feel. We’ve already seen this pink shade make its way into home decor and fashion in 2018, but for 2019 get prepared to incorporate this hue in new creative and unique ways, it’s an easy way to update any space with decorative accents, fabrications, and wall coverings.
Still, in 2019, geometric patterns are becoming a dramatic presence. Colors will be bolder with oversized patterns. This is a trend that will help make a fearless statement in any room.
Designers are expecting to see many nods to the 70s era. 70’s chic decor is all warm palettes, funky textures, with abstract silhouettes. Incorporating this trend into your home will bring out the stunning personality of every living room or bedroom design.