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smudging

A term of art referring to the deposition of soot from partially burnt gases from a discharged firearm.

smudging

(smŭj′ĭng)
A speech defect in which difficult consonants are omitted.

smudging (smuˑ·jing),

n in Native American medicine, the ritual of purifying the location, patient, healer, helpers and ritual objects by using the smoke obtained by burning sacred plants, such as sage, sweetgrass, and cedar. It alters the state of consciousness and enhances sensitivity. This altered sensitivity to imbalances in the spiritual and energetic realms is necessary for the healer to assess and treat an illness. Cleansing often initiates healing sessions.
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Sage is burned in smudging ceremonies to remove negative thoughts and feelings.
While I appreciate the significance of imposing ashes at the outset of Lent, I have come to wonder if smudging might not be an equally powerful reminder of the true character of these 40 days.
To practice smudging at home, it's important to be respectful and learn how to handle the herbs according to traditional protocols, says Cat Criger, aboriginal elder-in-residence at the University of Toronto.
Perhaps the most stringent and obvious of these rules is that anybody involved with the smudging, either the smudger or the smudgee, is not to have been in contact with drugs and alcohol for a set period of days prior to the smudging.
50 This little pot of cream comes with a separate brush allowing for fine lines and smudging.
Fine tip allows for precision application in a deep black but its quick-dry formula makes smudging difficult.
This work investigates how products can be modified to reduce smudging and reflections.
Plus, even if you rub your eyes, there is no smudging.
The pencil, prevents colour bleeding or smudging and offers a perfectly defined pout that lasts up to 12 hours.
Finally, Ultra HydroShield rewritable CDs have a unique surface that dries instantly to a glossy surface that locks in ink to protect the image from smudging, humidity and small spills.