Cleansing the Mind, Body, and Soul
We all go through a time in our lives where we need to cleanse ourselves from situations, people, habits, etc., that no longer serve us. This type of cleanse can come in the form of a juice cleanse, a spiritual journey, meditation, rituals, a yoga retreat, or journaling for example. Whatever you decide as your method of cleansing and ridding your life of these negative vibes, be mindful that the process is one that you’re comfortable with and that you’re willing to truly let go. The rituals I’m sharing are ones I practice daily or when I need healing.
Palo Santo – Holy Wood
If you’ve never heard of Palo Santo, then you are in for a treat. Palo Santo is a sacred wood that is found on the coast of South America. It is known amongst cultures to have healing powers and is commonly used in sacred rituals. When it is burned, the smoke is believed to have both medicinal and therapeutic healing powers. Its aroma is incredible and proves to be one of the most fragrant woods in the world. The most popular methods of using Palo Santo include spiritual purifying, energy cleansing, protection, and for blessings of love and prosperity. Its scent is so incredible that it is great to burn before and during meditation.
I burn Palo Santo everyday. I wake up, give my pup a good morning kiss, and begin my morning ritual. I light my Palo Santo stick, and once it catches fire, I blow it out and let the smoke fill my nostrils. I slowly swirl the smoke around my head, torso, arms and legs, and set my intention for that day. I then swirl the smoke around my sweet William and say a short prayer for his health and well-being. Following my Palo Santo ritual, I meditate and treat my body to a short yoga flow to get my morning going. I find that having a daily ritual creates a bond with your own self and allows you to fully appreciate your alone time.
Dry brushing is another daily ritual I treat my body to. I literally brush my entire body with a bristle brush before taking a warm shower. So what’s all the hype about? Let me explain. Dry brushing is incredibly beneficial for your skin, lymphatic system, and blood circulation. Your skin is not only the largest organ of your body, but it holds one third of your body’s toxins and is essentially an organ of elimination. Dry brushing daily helps rid your body of dead skin layers, stimulates your lymphatic system to help remove toxins, tightens skin and reduces cellulite, and unclogs your pores. These are just a few of the many benefits of dry brushing.