15 December – Migration, hibernation

Photo by Maria Gair, http://mariagphotography.com/

Photo by Maria Gair, http://mariagphotography.com/

The sky fills with migrating geese, the forest with hibernating bears and sleeping trees.

When it is winter, what parts of you want to dig deep burrows and rest until spring?  How do you honour that instinct?

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18 Responses to 15 December – Migration, hibernation

  1. Addie says:

    I’m glad that the bears who got into our trash bin several times over the summer are now hibernating!!

  2. Melissa says:

    At the moment, all of me wants to hibernate! Just finished a long day of rehearsal and then a concert. It was difficult, but worth it.

    I think hibernation is maybe for January and February.

    • Jill says:

      Sounds like your rehearsal and concert were rewarding — glad to hear! I had two advent concerts myself, today, and therefore not much time to write. But I pondered the prompt during the day, and concluded that what I would write about if I had time is the way my desire to get out and explore hibernates in the winter. At least, it appears to be going into hibernation this winter. This might be partly due to having two 6-month-old kittens, which do bring some sense of adventure indoors. In any case, my interest in exploration will probably be like a bat, waking up occasionally to make sure it’s still in reasonable health. During these times, I might plan a trip or visit a new local place or two. But so far this month, I am most satisfied settling in at home to read or knit. (And after a day like today, I would love to do that for about a week straight!)

      • Melissa says:

        Oh enjoy your kitties! One of ours loves the outside and will jump out the upstairs window to get out. The other one thinks that outside and cold are absolute nonsense and she whines when I pick her up to put her outside. The fastest I’ve seen her run is back inside after being put outside for fresh air.

        Just wondering, do you plan to hang upsidedown while knitting and reading?

  3. Maria G. says:

    The Canada Geese are flying over us now. Last week it was bitterly cold and I could almost hear them say, “Hurry! Hurry!” as they flapped above. It’s warmer now, but they know that they still must fly. I feel a little yearning for hibernation myself. The feeling isn’t so strong now that it’s sunny here in Colorado and the temperature is on the rise, but I still want to sleep when the sun sets before 5pm. Winter is slower. The holiday rush is going on around me, and I resist. This may prove a bit of folly when December 24th arrives, and I forgot to purchase a single gift. Maybe I’ll say that I am making an active protest to the commercialism of it all. I think that sounds noble and not just lazy. Lazy is what winter makes me feel.

  4. Christina says:

    January, February and March in England are bleak months: cold, miserable and dark. It’s easy to lose sight of hope in those months, to forget what it looks like when the trees are green, or how it feels to walk down the street in a summer dress.
    It’s always been my dream to pack up and leave the country after Christmas is over, and not come back until spring’s underway. Maybe one day. In the meantime I need to find ways to cope with winter, to find a path through.
    Does any part of me want to dig deep burrows and rest? Not really, I think my main instinct is to keep moving. I like the idea of honouring my insincts. Even though I can’t physically get away, maybe I can incorporate the idea of travel into my winter in some other way. Thank you for the idea!

    • Melissa says:

      An instinct to keep moving. I can see that. I agree that it’s more the early months of the year Jan, Feb, March that seem the bleakest here in the UK. That being said, the spring here is so amazing. And that first year I was in the UK (in Scotland all those years ago), I was astounded by the colours and beauty of the spring.

      • Christina says:

        Yes, the reward of getting through winter is spring at the end of it. As a child I was taken on “looking for signs of spring” walks by my grandmother. I still find it exciting when I spot the first buds coming on the trees.

    • Maria G. says:

      The winter I spent in Germany I learned what darkness really was. I spent my life in lower latitudes with better weather. The depression those months can bring is intense. I like the idea of an instinct to keep moving and another form of travel. Maybe England needs some “sunshine pubs” where synthetic sunshine is an antidote to winter.

      • Christina says:

        I like the idea of “sunshine pubs”! You’ve made me think that although I can think of traditions and “things people do” both in the run up to Christmas and also in spring, I can’t really think of any winter activities/rituals people do in England to avoid depression. There must have been some at one point I’m sure – now we all just get miserable. At the moment I’m looking to non-hibernating animals for my example of how to cope.Quite a few seem to get new coats – now that would cheer me up ;-)

  5. Marie says:

    I was aware of a moment of rest as I got out of the car on the passenger’s side in the parking lot. A deep feeling of release. There was great space in the moment. Leisure to walk from the car to the store. With only a few things to pick up this too would be rest. There was music inside the store. It was so full and decorated. Jolly. It was rest. Rest in the moment.

    • Melissa says:

      Marie – I think it’s these small pockets of quiet in the middle of the bustle that provide great space, as you put it. Going with the hibernation idea, there’s a lot of scurrying around, collecting nuts, but it’s as if it’s done with the knowledge of a rest to come.

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