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  • Dr. Shelly Harrell

Weekend Wisdom: Hibernation

Hibernation is a covert preparation for more overt action. -Ralph Ellison

There is a lot of talk these days about the decolonizing practice of radical rest. This affirms our right to refuse to be in perpetual states of labor for others. It is resistance to the exploitation of our work, our time, our gifts. It is an unapologetic pause for self care. Ralph Ellison’s words on hibernation connect to this idea of rest as a liberating act that prepares us for living proactively from an empowered position of choice. Hibernation is about both survival and thriving. It is characterized by conserving energy in order to manage adversity and harsh conditions. It is a time of slowing down and allowing our systems to be in deep rest. Many animals curl up in close proximity to others during hibernation. Another characteristic of hibernation is the use of stored resources for nourishment. There are lessons here in the processes and benefits of hibernation. It is important that we make space for periods of hibernation. These times will allow us to emerge ready to engage our lives revitalized, renewed, and prepared for action.

With Peace, Love, and Soulfulness,

Dr. Shelly Harrell


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