by Sunday, June 17, 2018

Different smells can induce different feelings and sensations within us, as well as journey us back to our memories and recollections.

During ceremonies, sacred rituals and holy places, you will always find a therapeutic smell released in the ambience. Whether it’s from essential oils, insense sticks or sage. It has a way of making us feel at home, at ease and relaxed. ‘’In a July 2013 study, women who smelled clary sage experienced reduced blood pressure and breathing rates; they were also able to relax during a stressful medical exam. Sage is also known to increase our memory and attention’’ This is sage, used during a Native-American Sun Dance ceremony In Brazil.
The beauty of ancestral rituals.

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Nurturing The Essence

by Monday, March 26, 2018

24 days old Sabina Blu comes out of a Native American sweat-lodge ceremony originating in Mexico called Temazcal with her father Tomas.

As well as cleansing the body, Temazcal has the power to bring us back to our centre; calm, collected and in tune with our body.

This can be explained by the heat experienced during the Temazcal, which can be very challenging.

With little to no space to move & with others sitting in and around you, the steam that is released of hot stones (revered as grandmothers) can be hard to endure.

There is an urge to want to leave as the mind thinks its in trouble and fear mounts.

By surrendering to the heat that Temazcal brings, and singing sacred songs with others inside the dome shaped hut, thoughts of wanting to leave wane, overcome by the power of the shared heart.

During this process, there is an understanding and discovery of ones own inner-strength and power as a human being.

Florianópolis, Brazil


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