[SWEETGRASS] symbolizes kindness- as this plant only bends when walked upon and never breaks – may we too remember that if injustices are done upon us may we hold kindness in our hearts and not react with hostility.
What is smudging?
DEFINITION: smoke created from burning medicinal or sacred plants
TRADITION: Smudging is a ceremony for purifying or cleansing the soul of negative thoughts of a person or place. There are four elements involved in a smudge:
The container, traditionally a shell representing water, is the first element.
The four sacred plants (cedar, sage, sweetgrass, tobacco), gifts from mother earth, represent the second element.
The fire produced from lighting the sacred plants represents the third element.
The smoke produced from the fire represents air, the fourth element
Smudging can also ease tension, lift your mood, and relieve stress.