In New Orleans, the cold weather has started making its arrival known. Fortunately for me, New Orleans winters are the mildest I've ever had. Unlike New England autumns that I'm used to, Fall weather here has been generous with an abundance of warm temperatures and sunny jacket-less daylight, even many beautifully warm evenings.
I don't know when it started, but the concept of hibernation has been on my mind since August. I've been thinking about it more and more as the seasons have changed over the past months. Initially, when I think about hibernation, I think about the groundhog that comes out or doesn't every year on the 2nd day of February, or of squirrels spending the Fall season gathering food for winter, or the bears that go into hiding during the winter months. Contemplating hibernation has been a silly reminder for me that some things are just intrinsic to us as mammals. As human beings, I think we get caught up in complexity sometimes. I myself have come to deeply realize that I often over-analyze myself and my feelings for comprehensive compartmentalization for everything to be neatly understood and packageable, rather than just being, or just feeling.
Intuition speaks through the mind, body, and spirit
The things we feel called to or that take up residence on our mind or our heart are not coincidental but intuitive, even if we don't fully understand them. Though superstars like Ash Johns swear by the practice of intentional hibernation, it's definitely new to me to be navigating it. For me, the challenge is allowing it to be simple, allowing it to be what it's going to be, and relinquishing the need to control, plan, and analyze to know exactly how it's going to go, exactly what it will or should look like. There are things that are obvious like repurposing my time more inwardly, taking a nice break from the world of social media apps, eating and drinking warm goodness, and cultivating my personal and physical sense of home.
Hibernation is the natural seasonal/physical/spiritual need to rest and restore self during the coldest time of the year. Hibernation is healing, hibernation is human. Cultivating warmth, creating a safe space to release and grow, and journeying inward go such a long way in this time of wrapping up the year and preparing to enter into the new one.
Even if you can't retreat to a cave for the next 4 months, I encourage you to join me in getting creative on how we can bring the energy of hibernation into your space this winter. Even if just in small ways. What are we leaving in 2021, what are we taking into 2022?
For me, I foresee lots of rereading old journals—every journal I can find. Checking some things off my must-reads list. Finishing and starting paintings. Working through my Little Book of Shadow Work (shoutout to Kemi Marie). Homemade soups and apple teas, and much studying (ya girl just became an apprentice of the art and practice of spiritual herbalism!!!!).
I've begun to set the vibes by setting time limits on my social apps to make that a smoother transition. I don't know exactly what this winter has in store for me, but I am determined to reflect, regroup, and reconnect with myself. On top of the challenges that come with this time of year, shifts in climate, and the actual time change, there's so much still to be processed from this year alone. The toll is real and at some point, we all need some rest and quiet quality time alone to unpack all the things and even to grieve. For me, it's sure to be a busy restful winter for and I am very excited to be present in this and to meet the me that awaits on the otherside. Intentionality gets sexy, I love it here.
Thank you for riding this stream of consciousness with me. I wish you the warmest, coziest, most healing-infused hibernation and holiday season. May you get all that you need this season. If you're hibernating with me, let's connect and share experiences, create mutual accountability, etc. Email me or drop a comment to connect. Happy Hibernating!
In community and with love,
the finesse goddess