. Voluntary Hibernation
In understanding this challenge, I’m trying a new technique to regain my happiness. Maybe it will help you, too.
From Grizzly to Teddy
I’m giving myself a gift which I call “voluntary hibernation,” which is my way of describing a period of time taken as needed, when I pull myself away from my world and recalibrate. I attempt to move from grizzly to teddy again. Although I might be at home, I tell my family I’m not “available” for awhile. My favorite physical retreat is my basement office. You probably have a room in your home, a place at the office, or a bench in your garage (if you are a project person), where you can retreat for this same hibernation period.
Keep Yourself Separate
When I’m getting ready to hide out, and after have I specifically told applicable parties that I’m retreating and would like some “time alone” for a certain, stated period of time, I don’t answer the phone nor the door. Instead, I think. I plan. I contemplate. I analyze. I settle down. I fill up my well. I move back from grizzly to teddy.
It Always Seems to Work
For reasons which I don’t completely understand, if I can be alone, can think clear through to the end of my thoughts, and can review and reflect, I can come out of hibernation a better person, more capable of helping and healing.
Do you have periods, too, when your teddy becomes more grizzly? If so, try a brief period of voluntary hibernation. It will order your mind, organize your heart, and move you back to a state of equilibrium and energy. Happy hiding!
Find more helpful ideas in my House of Order Handbook.
Photo from sxc.hu. Used with permission.