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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

☆ Hibernation + Emergence [Snippets from the Studio]

This article was originally published in the August issue of the LilliBean Designs Studio Snippets newsletter.

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In the depths of the season, do you feel like you just want to hibernate?

I have been thinking a lot lately about the cycle of the seasons + how they effect me.

Not the week-to-week schedules, which make me feel like I am in that movie ground hog day, but the larger yearly seasonal cycle.

And maybe I haven’t been paying attention before, but this year I have noticed a definite pattern.
It is a pattern of emergence + hibernation.

I am feeling very bear like. A bear on a six-month cycle that is.

As I write this I am half through winter. The end is almost in sight, the constant greyness broken up by gorgeous blue skies + soft sunlight, the frigid temperatures are warming up + the thousands of bulbs we inherited with our house are bursting through the layers of fallen leaves.

It’s an emergence + I feel energized by the change + feel like I am emerging as well.

I am inspired + creative + see all kinds of possibilities. I have a thousand dreams + ideas.
And I am clear. I love the clarity in these moments.
But then the cycle of seasons turn, as it must. The soft sunlight becomes harsh + blinding. The heat sapping, my energy, my ideas + my dreams with it.
And when the height of summer approaches, I feel a desperate need to hibernate. To tuck myself away.

I’ve been talking about this a bit with friends + I know it isn’t just me who feels this way – I wonder if you have similar feelings of emergence + hibernation?

But what I have come to see is that this is a pattern that never really changes. 

So what if instead of struggling against the need to hibernate, instead of forcing myself to keep moving forward, despite my intense desire to stay still, and what if instead I was true to my nature.

What would happen if I embraced the cycle? And listened to my needs?


What if when I felt the need to hibernate I did? What if I took time off then? And what if when I felt energized I embraced it?

In all honesty, I am not sure. But two things I do know are: This ain’t working for me now! And two, the possibilities seem to be endless + exciting.

Do you have a cycle that ebbs and flows with the seasons? Or is it entirely independent of them? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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