Are you curious about the benefits of smudging alone vs smudging with a group?
Here’s a hint to get started: many of the benefits of smudging can be applicable to smudging alone AND to smudging in a group! So, it all comes down to personal preference and your specific reason for smudging.
While many of the benefits of smudging alone vs smudging in a group might be the same, it really depends on what kind of experience you are looking for and what feels right to you. Smudging alone offers a completely different experience than smudging with a group, but both offer similar benefits.
Let’s talk about some of the benefits of smudging alone.
IT GIVES YOU AN INTIMATE WAY TO PRACTICE GRATITUDE
Smudging is often an important part of our personal journeys toward wellness, positivity, and gratitude. Smudging can be an intimate way to practice and encourage gratitude on your own terms.
Exploring these kinds of thoughts and mindfulness practices on a personal, individual level can be a great way to practice self exploration and connect with yourself on a deeper level. This can be a major benefit of smudging alone vs in a group, as it allows you to be completely focused on yourself.
IT CAN HELP YOU ESTABLISH STRUCTURE OR ROUTINE
Everyone has different routines, so incorporating smudging into YOUR daily routine is a personal choice. If you are smudging as part of a group, you might not be able to do it as regularly.
Smudging can be a great way to keep yourself on track, give your day some structure, or establish a routine. For example, you might try smudging first thing in the morning when you wake up so that you can start your day in a more positive manner.
Having something that we do every day can really give us a sense of structure and help us feel more focused. This is easier to build into your individual routine than trying to coordinate a group.
IT CAN HELP GET RID OF NEGATIVE ENERGY
Smudging helps alleviate negative energy and invite in positive energy. While this is true of group smudging, as well, everyone experiences negative energy at different times -- so choosing to smudge for this reason could be a bit more personal or be done when you feel you need it most.
Different forms of negative energy exist, so it’s up to you to determine the smudge routine that best fits your needs and helps you feel more positive. When you smudge alone, you’ll be able to fully focus on the negative energy you are experiencing and the positive energy you hope to create or invite in.
There are a couple more things to think about when deciding whether you would like to smudge alone or with a group.
THESE BENEFITS APPLY TO SMUDGING ALONE AND IN A GROUP
All of the benefits we’ve discussed in this video apply to both smudging alone AND smudging in a group.
However you decide to smudge, you are sure to experience powerful and lasting benefits. The type of smudge you choose simply depends on your personal preference and what you are looking to learn or gain from your smudge. The choice is up to you.
HERE ARE SOME REASONS YOU MIGHT TRY SMUDGING IN A GROUP
Smudging in a group can be a great way to smudge, too.
You might want to practice gratitude with your friends and family by smudging. Or, you might want to incorporate smudging into your whole family’s daily routine! Perhaps everyone in your space needs to clear negative energy after a fight or trauma in order to make space for positive energy.
Whatever the reason, the choice to smudge alone vs in a group depends on each individual!