Have you ever hibernated? Do you consider "hibernation" as an essential practice in your life? While the concept may seem strange or odd since humans don't hibernate like others in the animal kingdom, the purpose behind hibernation is well worth our reflection and consideration. In his blog
"Make Time for Personal Renewal -- 4 Strategies for the New Year" John Hester makes the critical connection between rest and renewal and productivity: “When people don’t take time out, they stop being productive” (Carisa Bianchi). A few years ago after making a major life change, I found myself craving time out; it was during this several month period that I connected the practice of hibernation by some in the animal kingdom to our human need for rejuvenation and restoration. I have come to appreciate the cold, snowy, and sometimes brutal winter days here in the Upstate New York region
precisely because it has helped me give myself permission to sit, reflect and regenerate. In fact, between December and the end of March, on weekends -- when possible -- I set as my intention to park my car inside the garage late Friday afternoon as I return from work and not move it again until Monday morning when I venture back out to start another work week. There's something freeing, healing, and re-energizing about this practice! If you have a similar practice in your life or if you are interested in incorporating one, I encourage you to read John Hester's brief blog
highlighting four strategies for making time for personal renewal in this New Year.