i’m curious about this state of the nation that has appeared
to descend on me with full force over the past month or so,
whether i like it or not. The “state” to which i am referring
is the “hiber–nation” and it has closed in on me like the frost
on a canadian wolfhound’s muzzle in a snowstorm.
over the past few years i have grown much more conscious of so many things as they relate to the seasons, tide, cycles of the moon, resonance with the natural world, but this has really been the first winter that i have been conscious of my own inner cycling attempting to go into hibernation. i am struck almost daily with an inner conflict of the me that means business all the time, and the me that gets things done by setting the intention and moving in that direction. for years, and i mean a whole lifetime here, the me that means business has been the leader of the pack. (hey if we’re building a nation, there may as well be a pack of us that live here right?) As i learn a few things about myself, and open my eyes to a more conscious me, i recognize that there are different ways to live my daily life–not by changing the things i do or really even say, but by changing the way i am, perceive, respond, feel, choose to recognize, risk, love and relate with those around me.
the business side of my persona–run by the ego–has a plan for absolutely everything before i even get up in the morning, even if i don’t have anything on my agenda for the day. the ego side of me plans what to wear, how to fill the hours, where to go, what route to take, what kind of coffee to drink, hair up or down, up or down, up or down, boots or heels, boots or heels, boots or heels….etc., etc. etc. silly ego, sit, stay…stay…. this is the game i have now entered into with the ego/business side of me. to tame the rabid beast into moments of quietude. how full can one person’s head be of all this minutiae and effectively live a life? let me rephrase that, i’m so damn grateful that somehow i became aware of the question “how full can my head be of such minutiae, when my intention is to be living from my heart?”
so this place of living from the heart is a new habit for me, and while i operate from that place with more consistency each day, the ego is a hard habit to break. this brings me back to my original query regarding the state of the nation. truly with the seasonal shift into winter this year, my heart and soul–responding to seasonal, emotional and perhaps spiritual cues moved into some level of hibernation. it was not a conscious choice that i made to settle in for a long winter’s nap, but like the bear to it’s cave, my self that creates the movement–whoever she is today–is answering a subconscious call to sit, stay…stay… it is a temporary cease fire, if you will, between the doer and the be’er inside of me (funny how be’er is really beer without an apostrophe, i do wonder about the significance of that). my ego me is so incredibly impatient for results, results of things just begun, or even imagined; while the soulself understands the nature of a time for “ebbing” allowing the universe to catch up with intention–allowing long flexed muscles to build and store energy.
if you sort of say the word hibernation with a french accent, the “b” can ever so easily be heard as a “v” and then things slide into focus. if the word is hiver(not hiber)–french for winter–then this pack of selves just shifted into winter mode. and “en hiver” one must do as the bear’s do, and go into hibernation, the spring will bring such glorious surprises won’t it?