Blessing Spaces with Intention

A few months ago, I decided that I would gather some herbs from our existing house to use as a ritual for our new home.

My intention is to create smudging sticks to clear the space of our new home and bring in energies of our current home. I collected sage for wisdom, lavender for purity and peace, and thyme for the freedom and time to enjoy our new home.

I planted these herbs several years ago, and have watched them come back season after season.  They are like old friends to me.

These were all picked when they were blossoming in the spring and early summer.

Here are three smudging sticks for our home blessing to come. They don’t look like much yet, but it’s the intention that counts.

Now, I am searching for a good blessing to use in this process.

John O’Donohue wrote a wonderful book of blessings called To Bless the Space Between Us which has many wonderful blessings.

I love what John O’Donohue had to say about home:

Home is where the heart is.  It stands for the sure center where individual life is shaped and from where it journeys forthWhat it ultimately intends is that each of its individuals would develop the capacity to be at home in themselves. This is something that is usually overlooked, but it is a vital requirement in the creativity and integrity of individual personality. It has to do with the essence of a person, their sense of their own inner ground.  When a person is at home in his life, he always has a clear instinct about the shape of outer situations; even in the midst of confusion he can discern the traces of a path forward.  When one is at home in oneself, one is integrated and enjoys a sense of balance and poise.  In a sense that is exactly what spirituality is: the art of homecoming.

9 thoughts on “Blessing Spaces with Intention

  1. island traveler says:

    So beautiful. You made me remember all the wonderful and loving moments that I had in my home and the home of my childhood. And it’s true, “Home is where the heart is. ” Have a blessed day!

  2. microrrelatososhortstories says:

    “…sage for wisdom, lavender for purity and peace, and thyme for the freedom and time to enjoy our new home.” …I love these herbs and in Mexico City had them in my little 4th floor garden but had no idea they had this wonderful force…I’ll definitely get myself some lovely planters to have them in my home now that my family and I are back!! Thank you Karen, read you soon, Alexandra

    • Karen Wan says:

      Hi Alexandra, I like to work with the sort of Feng Shui of my herbs and plants. I truly feel that certain plants add certain qualities to our life, and these are three of my favorite herbs for the positive energies they bring. I also have some rosemary and other herbs that are in pots that I’ll be able to take with us. It’s probably a good time to add some planters. How was your trip?

      • microrrelatososhortstories says:

        My trip to Cancun was PERFECT (thank God!) and now I’m in the middle of moving back home…Last week my family and I left Mexico City and are now in my hometown (a desert town right on the border with California- three digit temperatures!!) Somewhere in your posts I’ve read that you also live in a city with high temps, right? where do you place your herbs? inside? outside? shade? I love herbs, love to pass by and rub the leaves and take their lovely aroma with me and of course use them in cooking…YUM!!

    • Karen Wan says:

      Debra, I’m going to miss my herb garden, but fortunately it’s not too difficult to create a new one in our new home. I’ve definitely thought about modifying these words by O’Donohue into a family blessing!

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