Join us for our next COW January 5th, 2021 – Burning Bowl Edition

We are looking forward to the upcoming COW meeting to discuss all things 2021!

Join us on Instagram Live (@FremontArtsCouncil) or on Zoom

Meeting ID: 870 335 2304
Password: cowmeet

Agenda of Topics:

– Announcements and round table

– Planning the future of the FAC

– Community burning bowl (safety, supplies, and location information below!)

– Show and Tell of your art projects!

What’s a burning bowl?

A burning bowl ceremony, traditionally, is a physical act that is performed by burning old things that do not align with you anymore. Spiritually, It’s a symbolic release; letting go of anything that no longer serves you, placing closure and thanking it for its lessons and moving forward with grace. This is usually performed outdoors  by many cultures in various ways during spiritual services, ceremonies or family gatherings.

Lymarie, a current board member, will be sharing this longtime tradition that stemmed from her connections with her Caribbean spiritual Taino roots. This is a personal practice that has been passed on to her from many generations of her Puerto Rican family and friends.

2020 has been a hard year for this world and it’s time to kick it to the curb! Bye bye 2020 , Hello 2021!

Supplies/ Location / Safety

This service is usually performed outdoors. We have modified it for at home service. 

Age requirement : Must be 18 years or older

Set Aside: Fire extinguisher, Water Spray Bottle or Bowl of Water 

Space Prep: Clear space of any materials or things that can catch in fire.

Space Cleansing: Sage, palo santo wood stick or favorite incense (optional)

  • A feather or smudging fan (optional)
  • Glass or bottle of drinking water (hydrate)

Burning Supplies:

  • Small pieces of paper to write on (recycled or reused is best)
  • A pencil
  • A lighter or stove light wand
  • A metal bowl, clay bowl or a pot

Where to conduct the ceremony:

Outdoors Inside
Yard fire pit Fire place
Over an outdoor grill Bathroom tub / shower
Over a bucket of sand Kitchen sink

Where to rinse ashes:

Outdoors Inside
Body of water Flush down the toilet
Beach Wash down the sink
Waterfall

Important tips: 

  • Clear your burning space of anything that may catch on fire
  • Avoid outside cell phone distractions, Remain in the present and honor your practice
  • Tie long hair back
  • Wear short sleeves or roll your sleeves up
  • You can have some one light it up while you hold it to burn . 
  • If you hold it and light it up at the same time, please make sure that you burn it over the bowl and drop it in the bowl.
  • Burn one piece of paper at a time . 

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