by N.A. Booko
Pittsboro, NC – Something new to me. I was invited to a ‘burning bowl’ yesterday, New Year’s Eve. I had never heard of this before. There is a big open pit, bowl, area with a blazing fire – outdoors. Those gathered around write on a piece of paper some problem, situation, etc, that they would like to banish from their mind for the coming new year. Things you just want to go away. You toss that piece of paper in the fire and it is consumed. It does something mentally.
I really got into it. Early in the morning, long before the event, I cut apart a big advertising paper i had found in the mail box. Strips about 3″ by 8″- With a big broad point black marking pen I lavishly wrote on those papers things that i wanted to disappear, banish or fade away. Out of my mind. Can’t be bothered with that mental baggage any more.
The words came quickly. An unsteady hand scrolled “War,” “Sore Arm,” “Leg Pain,” “Car Problems,” “Computer Problems,” “Poor internet service,” “Expensive internet service,” “Drought,” “Cold Weather,” “Climate Change,” “Bullying,” “Terrorism,” “Racial and Religious Bias,” “Murder.,” There were other I didn’t read aloud, more personal, that I just tossed into the flames. But I knew and kept the faith.
I read many of mine aloud as I made a ball out of each long piece of paper. Tossing it in the fire was a release. Many approval comments from those gathered around. Don’t know why, but I had more to burn than anyone else. There were other I didn’t read aloud, more personal, that I just tossed into the flames. But I knew.
This year is gonna be a better year; you better know it.
NOTE: Don’t try this at home unless you have a fire extinguisher and a proper burning bowl and someone with you in case of an emergency.