As I turn my attention to the end of our year the metaphor of a well occupies my mind.
I love the rhythm–that we draw from a source and that source replenishes. When the source runs dry, so do we.
The drinking well is a practice that helps to gently remind us to keep our own well full. The practice in it’s most simplistic terms is to have a drinking vessel that is chosen to represent the well and is used throughout the end of the year, daily, to support staying literally and metaphorically hydrated.
In more expanded directions…
Find a drinking vessel. It can be a mug, tea cup, tumbler, mason jar, water bottle, or even a bowl if it’s something you like drinking from.
It can be something you own or a new special acquisition.
Hold it in your hands. Ask it: when I drink from you, will you fill me up?
If the answer is yes, then it can be your drinking well.
Now give it a bath. Not a “doing the dishes” scrub, but a slightly ceremonious cleansing. Extra hot water. Loving touch. Purifying thoughts. Ending with a clean cotton towel pat down.
Your drinking well is ready.
Keep it near you. Drink from it often. Clean it with care.
When you do drink. Pause. Taste. Breathe out.
Notice where your skin meets the surface of the vessel.
Notice how the liquid feels washing down your throat.
Notice where your deeper well needs filling and where you might have sprung a leak.
When we fill our drinking well, we are reminded that there is an ebb and flow of energy that must be respected, especially this time of year.
The practice is this: when we fill our drinking well and our drinking well fills us.
You can see some of my favorite drinking wells over here on Pinterest.