Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hungry Ghosts

Thank you, sir! May I have another!

Ok, so beat me for missing two days…sorry. On the road.

In order to make up for my inherent slackness let’s celebrate. Today begines the Chinese Festival of Hungry Ghosts. Also known as the Chung Yuan Festival, this important celebration honors the Chinese legend that during the seventh lunar month the souls of the dead are released from purgatory to roam the earth. Joss sticks are burned in homes and food, prayers, and “ghost money” are offered to appease the ghosts. Wayang (Chinese Street Opera) and puppet shows are performed and fruit, and Chinese delicacies are offered to the spirits of the dead.

Two thoughts about this: First…it sounds kinda like Ghostbusters meets what we leave out for Santa Claus when he comes down the chimney to me.

Second, what ghosts do you have running around in your life (your mind) that need appeasing or forgetting? What are the worries, unsettled conflicts, grudges, or guilt you are carrying that, all combined, are slowing you down?

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could put an apple, a doughnut, or a piece of cheesecake on the doorstep and, in the morning, the thoughts would be gone? How much lighter would your heart be; how much less cluttered your mind?

I’m heading over to Food Lion for some honey buns RIGHT NOW!

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