I had such a wonderful night decompressing from work tonight I thought I’d share some of the things I do that take 15 minutes to 1 hour after a stressful day at work (especially). When done on a routine basis, this is another way to build a spiritual ritual for cleansing, re-centering, protection, spiritual fortification and growth.
What I call my dry spiritual baths: fire up charcoal and light incense resins. Once started, I cup my hands and bring the smoke towards my face, head, neck, back, down my body, to my feet for a full body cleanse. My favorites:
- Dragon’s blood
- Nile Temple Incense
- Frankincense and Myrrh
- Lemon grass
- Sweet grass
The wonderful thing about smudging is that you can also add some dried herbs for your own purposes: for protection, love, cleansing, improve energy, etc. Too many to list but cinnamon is one that can do wonderfully inside the smudging stick when needed, rue, and mugwort.
Spiritual baths: Some of my go-to’s.
- Plain old water if that is all I have (this alone is powerful)
- Florida water, gardenia, my favorite or my Ancestor’s favorite scents
- Herbs (again too many to list, it just depends on what is needed)
- Honey when needed
- River water when needed
- Ocean water when needed
- My other alternative is to go to the river or ocean and actually bathe there time permitting. If not close to a river then a creek that moves well and the water is not stagnant.
After bath care, it is essential to complete the package!
- Air dry from the bath
- Oil my body from scalp to toes in a mixture of grapeseed or avocado oil mixed with my favorite frankincense and myrrh or amber and myrrh oils.
- If I want to stimulate the senses I will sometimes use citrus scents like bergamot oil or peppermint oil (depending on if the stimulation is sensual or work driven).
- Spiritual or work driven
- Dress in white
- Light a candle
- Place a glass or bowl of water beside my head or below me
- Go to bed
- Sensual driven – my own personal magick.
To quiet the mind, I light a candle and sit at my boveda or altar and meditate.
- Stare at the candle flame and clear my mind of all noise
- Pull out the Bible and recite Psalms to my grandmother
- Occasionally I’ll recite different positive things that I remember about each Ancestor
- Things they told me
- How I felt about a particular event
- Things they did that used to make me laugh
- Special times we shared
Exercise or just moving.
- Yoga (depending on your practice spirituality is embedded in this exercise)
- Belly dancing – which is also cultural, traditional and can be spiritual
- Just get up and dance whether you know how or not
- Singing or chanting if you know how
Many of the items mentioned in this post are not Lucumi but are spiritual; some are present in other traditions.
© 2018 Danielle Mayo