A friend of mine sent this this morning and I felt inspired to share. She received it from her dentist, reminding her tribe to "Be the bear. Stay home. Rest. Know you are doing this for something much bigger than yourself."
"When a bear goes in to hibernation, they do it for the health of their community and themselves. In the winter, food is scarce, hibernating allows other animals to have access to the limited resources. It slows the spread of disease and viruses among other animals during a season when immune systems are lowered, and energy is limited. It is not a time for anxiety or fear. When it is time for hibernation, a bear can finally relax. All of the stress of finding food, territory, and a mate disappears. The bear believes that they have done enough and trust in themselves. They know this process is necessary and they will come out the other side renewed."
For me it has been a time for reflection. It's a time that is allowing me to renew, and change the way I do things. Instead of getting caught up the go, go, go and the do, do, do of life I have been asking the question, "What inspired action can I take today?" "What will make my heart happy?"
At first the answer was sleep. So I did. I became the bear. I slept for 10 hours last night and it was absolutely delicious. Then what came to me was not a long list of things to do, but a new way of doing them.
Instead of approaching my day from the question, "How many things can I get done?" I now ask, "What am I inspired to do that will make my heart sing?"
To share this and connect with you.
We have all been forced into hibernation, yet, I have to wonder if it hasn't been a much needed time for rest and reflection.
What have you discovered during your forced hibernation? Have you allowed yourself to be the bear?