Vinotok: Writing Through the Changes (Week 3)

With the third and final installment of Writing Through the Changes, Vinotok arrives, the Autumn Equinox is soon to follow, and the culmination of our journaling, meditative and contemplative explorations come to a culmination.

It is time to get rid of the things that no longer serve us, and bring in more of what does – for ourselves, and for the planet.

Banishing & Beckoning is our final theme so we may move into the future with greater clarity and purpose, to actualize a world that is more earth-honoring, more community-honoring, more diversity-honoring, more peace-loving.

The time is now.

Download the Writing Through the Changes pdf to add to your Vinotok 2020 workbook.

Happy Vinotok, and Happy Autumn Equinox.

Stoking the Internal Fire:

Writing Through the Changes

(Week 3)

Banishing & Beckoning

Journaling Prompt: Activate Your Talent

Heal the Wastelands 

About the Wastelands: The Wastelands appear as a concept in ancient Celtic mythology as a consequence from lack of respect and relationship for and with the Earth and her gifts. We must seek balance and reciprocity with our natural world, where what we give back to the Earth, is as equal to or greater than, what we take. Part of regaining balance and practicing reciprocity with our natural world, is healing and nourishing the wounded places we have created in the land – these Wastelands. Globally and nationally we are living in an age of the Wastelands. From climate change to the pandemic, from racial injustice to political ineptitude, this social and environmental barrenness rises from a culture of neglect and imbalance. We are here to change this paradigm. 

Make a Difference: Make some physical calls to organizations and causes that could use your particular talents or who are engaged in repairing and restoring Wastelands in your home place. Contribute to their cause or find out how you can become actively involved. 

Make Room: You can’t welcome the new if you’re all cluttered up with the old. Your talent can’t soar if it’s anchored by muck. Take the turn to the Autumn Equinox as a time to rid your life of what might be weighing you down. Start with a ritual clean of your house. Sweeping deep into the corners, getting all the muck and residue not only of dust and dirt but of old resentments, angers and wounds can be energetically freeing. Rid yourself of the grunge of yesterday, to make space for new, more positive, more enlivening energy to live in your house. Burn some sage, open the windows, let the wind carry the rest away. 

Finding Relationship to Place Activity

Finding your place: Take this opportunity to unplug from technology. Get a special notebook or journal to write in, and a pen to write with. Leave your cell phone at home. Reserve a chunk of time so you can be contemplative and slow. Walk out to a spot in nature in an easy saunter, as far as you can go in the time you’ve allotted. Find a tree to lean against, a rock to sit on, a stream to sit by, a meadow to sit in. Take a deep breath, settle in.

Finding your voice: As you respond to the prompts following the meditation, don’t worry about grammar, punctuation or writing rules—just let it flow. Write thoughts as they come to you, without any editing or judgement Take time to stare at the clouds, the water moving by, the leaves in the breeze. Ponder. Consider. Contemplate. For these kinds of prompts, it is best to write until you have no more to say about the matter.

Finding Relationship with the Land: What does the wild mean to you? How do you connect to nature – through what kinds of activities? Is it a place of solace? Rejuvenation? Adventure? Inspiration? Challenge? Does nature feed you? In what way(s)? How might we as a human race create a relationship with the land and what impact might this have on both our personal lives and the world? Do you have mythologies that connect you to the land? What are these? What do you love about being alive on this physical Earth?

Healing the Wastelands Info

Vinotok holds a vision for the future. To begin, we must live in gratitude for all our gifts – from
the Earth, and from each other. From there we must seek balance and reciprocity with our natural world, where what we give back to the Earth, is as equal to or greater than, what we take. We
must banish the hunger of greed and power that got us here, and beckon the more positive future we intend to manifest.

The Wastelands appear as a concept in ancient Celtic mythology as a consequence from lack of respect and relationship for and with the Earth and her gifts. Part of regaining balance and practicing reciprocity with our natural world, is healing and nourishing the wounded places we have created in the land – our Wastelands – with our spirit. Physically, for us, while we deeply honor the cultural roots that built this community, we must also heal the Wastelands of our mining heritage that caused literal gashes in our place and pushed the Ute people from their home here.

Locally Mt. Emmons, or Red Lady, is the site of some of our most profound Wastelands. On her flanks are the Keystone Mine, Standard Mine and Daisy Mine. She has been the site of a Superfund Cleanup and other numerous environmental mitigation measures to stop such things as toxic elements leaching into our water from these places.

Globally and nationally we are living in an age of the Wastelands. From climate change to the pandemic, from racial injustice to political ineptitude, this social and environmental barrenness rises from a culture of neglect and imbalance.

We are here to change this paradigm. With this altar, and this activity, we set our own energies to heal this mountain, as well as other Wastelands in our midst.

JOURNALING ACTIVITY

Finding your voice: As you respond to the prompts following the meditation, don’t worry about grammar, punctuation or writing rules—just let it flow. Write thoughts as they come to you, without any editing or judgement Take time to stare at the clouds, the water moving by, the leaves in the breeze. Ponder. Consider. Contemplate. For these kinds of prompts, it is best to write until you have no more to say about the matter.

Naming the Wasteland Where do the Wastelands exist in your home place? These are places that have been adversely impacted by human activity. What has made them that way – both logistically as well as culturally or ideologically? What is your relationship to these places? What could it be? What are your underlying feelings about these Wastelands, your emotions? What does your soul have to say about all this? Your inner scientist? Your own inner reluctant or outer warrior? What voice can you lend to the Wastelands? What is your calling, your purpose here, your modality here?

What actions can you specifically take to heal the Wastelands in your home place?

Healing the Internal Wastelands Activity

Finding your place: Take this opportunity to unplug from technology. Get a special notebook or journal to write in, and a pen to write with. Leave your cell phone at home. Reserve a chunk of time so you can be contemplative and slow. Walk out to a spot in nature in an easy saunter, as far as you can go in the time you’ve allotted. Find a tree to lean against, a rock to sit on, a stream to sit by, a meadow to sit in. Take a deep breath, settle in.

Finding your voice: As you respond to the prompts following the meditation, don’t worry about grammar, punctuation or writing rules—just let it flow. Write thoughts as they come to you, without any editing or judgement Take time to stare at the clouds, the water moving by, the leaves in the breeze. Ponder. Consider. Contemplate. For these kinds of prompts, it is best to write until you have no more to say about the mat- ter.

About the Wastelands: The Wastelands appear as a concept in ancient Celtic mythology as a consequence from lack of respect and relationship for and with the Earth and her gifts. Similarly, we can have internal Wastelands—places that have been made devoid of our life energy by feeding ourselves with things that do not serve our greatest purpose.

Identifying the Internal Wastelands: What is out of balance in your life? What are your own internal Wastelands? What is draining you of your energy, and should be left behind? What needs to be swept away? And then, what feeds you, and you need to bring in more of in your life? What feels like it might be holding you back from living your best life? What might you be able to improve to magnify your life’s energy? What should you be walking more toward?

Moving Forward: Considering your own personal, internal Wastelands, what physical, real steps can you take to bringing balance back into your life? Then, considering the external Wastelands in your home place, what organizations or efforts can you become engaged in to help heal those places physically, emotionally and spiritually? How can you lend your talents, aptitudes, expertise and best life energy to healing the Wastelands? What might the Wastelands need from you, especially you?

Journaling Prompt: Finding Your Own Light

Finding your place: Take this opportunity to unplug from technology. Get a special notebook or journal to write in, and a pen to write with. Leave your cell phone at home. Reserve a chunk of time so you can be contemplative and slow. Walk out to a spot in nature in an easy saunter, as far as you can go in the time you’ve allotted. Find a tree to lean against, a rock to sit on, a stream to sit by, a meadow to sit in. Take a deep breath, settle in.

Finding your voice: As you respond to the prompts following the meditation, don’t worry about grammar, punctuation or writing rules—just let it flow. Write thoughts as they come to you, without any editing or judgement Take time to stare at the clouds, the water moving by, the leaves in the breeze. Ponder. Consider. Contemplate. For these kinds of prompts, it is best to write until you have no more to say about the matter.

Identifying Accomplishments: Look back to the Autumn Equinox of 2019, considering the year that has passed since that time. What do you feel like you accomplished? Certainly this could include professional accomplishments, but think also of things you might have accomplished in your personal life, with your relationships, in regards to your health, and in relation to your environment. Be proud of what you have done. Claim it. Honor it.

Identifying Aptitudes: What are you good at? What are your talents? What comes easily to you? What is your light to offer to the world? How can you best make this light shine? How might the world be able to use your light for good?

Vinotok: Writing Through the Changes (Week 2)

With the second installment of Writing Through the Changes, Vinotok continues to focus on Stoking our Internal Fires in preparation for the Autumn Equinox.

Writing Through the Changes offers a practice of meditation and journaling prompts connecting you to your home, yourself and your community. Ditch the cell phone, grab a journal, and take a nice, long saunter in nature to fulfill the worksheet.

This week we work on Balance & Reciprocity in relationship to our home places, and in particular in Healing the Wastelands we have created through our lack of care of humans on this Earth.

Download the Writing Through the Changes pdf to add to your Vinotok 2020 workbook as you navigate the Walking the Way: A Vinotok Pilgrimage and other contemplative practices for Vinotok week.

Stoking the Internal Fire:

Writing Through the Changes

(Week 2)

Balance & Reciprocity

Vinotok: Writing Through the Changes (Week 1)

Vinotok is most famous for its bonfire – the climax of weeks of preparation and celebration – our external fire.

This year Vinotok is shifting some focus to Stoking our Internal Fires. This includes sharing the more contemplative practices of meditation, journaling prompts, and connecting to place. Each week we’ll be sharing these practices as we all begin our preparations for the coming of the Autumn Equinox. Take these practices as time to slow down, disconnect from technology, and reconnect to yourself, your place, your loved ones and your community.

It is clear we are in an intense period of transformation worldwide. How do we want to emerge from this collective fire? What form do we want to take as we rise from the ashes?

First we must identify what is good. What we are grateful for. Name the things in our lives we want to hold onto – in ourselves, in our environment and in each other. This is the focus for the Week 1 practices.

Each week we’ll be releasing a Writing Through the Changes practice worksheet. Click on the downloadable pdf document below, print it out and follow the prompts. You may use the printed document to begin your book of Stoking the Internal Fire practices for Vinotok and the Autumn Equinox. Throughout the upcoming weeks, be on the lookout for other Internal Fire practices as they are released from our website, blog and facebook page.

Stoking the Internal Fire:

Writing Through the Changes (Week 1)

It Begins in Gratitude