It takes a village. It takes a village to raise a family, to create a community, to open awareness, to find healing. La minga is a Quechua word I learned about in Ecuador while visiting the indigenous people of the Andes. La minga is a collaborative work collective that forms to benefit the greater whole.
“Minga entails a collaborative work system that dates back to the Incas. It refers to the commitment, contract, or work agreement between two or more people. The word minga also stands for meeting or reunion…In addition to this, mingas usually include a feast to celebrate the collaboration and hard work.”
(Quote taken from Pachamama Alliance)
I saw this beautiful collaborative community in action when I visited small villages in the mountains who were working hard to bring clean water to their families. Old, young, strong, and frail all had a purpose and contribution to make to the greater whole. When the hard work of digging trenches and laying the pipes was complete, there was an invitation to celebrate. Come, enjoy the feast of community, partake of the work of love.
My journey to authenticity would not be the same without la minga. The work of becoming who we really are is a collaborative, creative, collective effort. There are so many ideas, people, and places who have inspired my path. They have offered encouragement and light, love and celebration. Call it a campfire, call it soul food, call it a coffee break. However you describe the creative communion, we need each other.
This is our minga. This is a space where no one is turned away. This is a safe space to gather ’round and share pieces of hope and courage. Share your talents, your weaknesses, your strengths, your resources. Share the spark, ignite the flame. Please offer whatever is on your heart in the comments below.
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