It is important to be aware of the source of your sage, so always buy from a sustainable, reputable supplier. If you buy a complete kit this will probably include a bowl to catch the ash from the bundle of sage and a separate bowl, possible containing sand, to extinguish it when your cleansing is complete. If you use loose leaves or twigs you will want to provide yourself with two heat-proof bowls and a candle for a continuous flame. Light your sage and let it burn for about 15 seconds, then gently blow out the flame. The sage should now produce only smoke. The smoke has a earthy aroma but is not overpowering and it is safe for most people to inhale, although if you have asthma or a respiratory condition you should use caution. You will want to set your intention before beginning the ritual, so make sure that you have a good idea of what you want to achieve before you start. It is always a good idea to clear your space of clutter, and to physically clean the room if you can. It doesn’t need to be spotless, but a quick wipe round with a duster will put you in the right frame of mind for cleansing the energy. Open the windows and doors and take the sage bundle into all of the corners of the room. Many people like to begin by wafting the smoke over their heads and around their bodies, then, making slow sweeping motions, guide the smoke wherever you want to cleanse the atmosphere. Whilst you do this, either repeat a mantra or simply hold the intention to clear and cleanse all negativity in your mind. When you have finished, say a word of thanks or offer up a prayer of gratitude, extinguish your sage in the bowl and make sure that it is safe before placing it in a special place for future use.