The Magical Properties of Hibernation

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
                                  ― Roald Dahl

 There are times in the studio and in our lives when we feel as if nothing is moving. We are stuck beyond belief and cannot find our way out. It is in these times that we question whether anything at all is really happening. “Why do we do this work?” “What could possibly be the purpose?”

We can feel our wheels spinning as we go nowhere fast.
As we paint, we are asked to trust these moments and lean into the uncomfortable stickiness of them. Could we see our stuckness as a type of hibernation, knowing that as we slow way down we our resting for a big awakening in the Spring?
So much lately, individually and at Nectar, appears to be in a grand pause and as we move closer toward the Winter solstice, the desire to burrow ever deeper underground is an intriguing idea. Feeling into that perceived lack of movement and getting curious about its’ magical properties is a way for us to navigate through the muck. Both in our painting and outside the studio, we can trust that our being stuck is absolutely fine and that even though things feel stuck there is indeed movement happening just below the surface.

Wishing you all the best this winter season,

Jen and Steph
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