Overhauling my health during the last 8 years has been far easier then I ever imagined considering I grew up in a house hold full of low fat products with the running joke being that no one in my family could understand why we were so unhealthy given everything we ate was fat free!
Little did I know that while we were taking the low fat option, all of the foods we put into our mouth were loaded with sugar and preservatives and this was in fact why we were overweight and quite lethargic. Our bodies were not receiving the nutrients they needed to thrive and until I was forced by injury to realise just how important whole foods and a sugar free lifestyle were, I couldn’t fathom how something could be sweet without actually being sweetened by sugar.
At the beginning of the year I set my self a challenge, to try new things, meet new people and expand my culinary horizons! This sounds simple, right? But for me, a women of habit and one not so easily persuaded it was tricky.
So I pumped up my tires (wheelie term), and on the 1st of January prepared to dip my heart and soul into new things that lit up my life and fixed a consistent smile to my face.
Allow me to introduce you to what has set my soul on fire this year.
Smudging is the common name given to the indigenous American tradition known as the Sacred Smoke Bowl Blessing. This is a powerful spiritual cleansing technique which calls upon the spirits of various sacred plants to drive away negative energy and to restore balance to an individual, a group, a space, or all three.
This tradition has been a part of the spirituality of indigenous Americans for thousands of years, and now this cleansing ritual is available to anyone who is willing to give it a try. The ritual is very simple and very empowering, and you don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to start doing it in your own home.
The start of a New Year brings us the opportunity to set new goals, intentions and of course make new wishes. It is a great time to pause and reflect and enable us to recall on any lessons learned from the past year, check off any goals we have accomplished, and start the first chapter of the year ahead.
Personally, I have many goals, or bucket list items to check off in 2018 and to ensure these things don’t get overlooked here are a few fun little spiritual activities that will allow me to consistently manifest my way through what I hope to be an adventurist new year! Bring on the year of the dog!
I have attempted to write this post many times, but it’s never really felt like “the right time”. I would start typing away and then I’d read it over and think to myself, “really?” as my problems feel so mundane compared to other things going on in the world. 2017, has been a year of huge accomplishments and it feels like I blinked and the supercharged year is almost over.