Friday, February 22, 2019

Perfect Timing and Smudging!

Have you ever noticed how many things happen in your life that come at the "perfect time"! So many! Like, just this week! I've been taking Syke twice a week to training classes and then once a week for a "play date" with other dogs close to her age. The classes are not cheap and Wayne and I had just discussed how much it was costing us every month for her training. I don't want to stop taking she is doing really, really well! When we were there Wednesday, the trainer, who also happens to be the breeder of Aussies...and Skye, asked me to do a website for her and wants me to take photos, go various places to video and photograph the dogs, etc. She said she would love to work out a trading some training classes! Perfect!!
 My sister gave me this wonderful smudge stick from "Good Living is Glam" for Christmas. It is not your typical plain white sage smudge stick. This one is wrapped with beautiful organic rose petals and includes some lavender, yerba santa and cedar. She even gave me this lovely abalone shell and stand to go along with it. It's just so beautiful, I've been hesitant to light it. I've been waiting for the "perfect time". Before going to bed last night, I came across this article ---  "If you think smudging is just some kind of “woo woo” with no science to back it up, think again. Research published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology entitled Medicinal Smokes in 2006 found that burning smudge sticks has the ability to cleanse the surrounding air of harmful bacteria. The authors reported: “The most frequent medical indications for medicinal smoke are pulmonary (23.5%), neurological (21.8%) and dermatological (8.1%).  A very large list of pathogenic bacteria was shown to be absent in an open room after a remarkable 30 days following treatment, leading the authors to conclude, “We have demonstrated that by using medicinal smoke it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space.”
So now that I've worked up the nerve to light my beautiful smudge stick, I had to put it to work! And even though it's a tad gloomy outside, the fresh air coming through my open window is wonderful. But, I wouldn't have even thought about opening the window, if it weren't for lighting my smudge stick, which I did because of the article I read last night, which was "perfect timing"!

Happy Friday! love and peace always ~ Kathy

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