New Year’s Dreaming

Starry night skySo long, 2023 and aaniin (hello) 2024!

Last year I realized that I no longer resonated with the idea of new year’s resolutions. It became clear to me that biboon (winter) is a time of rest. Rest is found in the awesiinhak (animals) who are hibernating, in the bodies of nibi (water) that are frozen over, etc. Rest is found and should be found in us humans too. It is natural to feel sleepier or perhaps “lazier” during biboon. It is natural to feel an urge to slow down. That urge is primal. That said, it no longer made sense to me to wake up January 1st ready to hustle.

For the Anishinaabek, and most tribes really, biboon was a time of retreating deep ward into yourself, your people, etc. Stories were told, culture was passed down. Tapping into this has given me a deeper sense of connection to the months of biboon and has given me a better understanding of myself. The seasons are able to teach us, so long as we are willing to receive.

But instead of banishing this idea of the new year and new year’s resolutions, I arrived at the idea of “new year’s dreaming.” I take the winter solstice and the new year as a time to tap into the deeper parts of my mind and my spirit that can guide me on where I want to go and what I want to do in the coming months, in the coming year. To do this I either write about my visions and dreams or I make a vision board with my visions and dreams. This concept is totally fluid and can be done by anyone. The only twist here is that I am not necessarily taking action on said dreams quite yet. I will wait until the spring when I and the life around me blooms again. Of course there are some nuances here, but the general idea is to honor the season of biboon through resting and dreaming.

Biboon is a beautiful, deeply spiritual time if you let it be that way. I used to hate winter and how lost I would feel during it. Now that I am intentionally resting and dreaming, it is one of my favorite seasons.

So I encourage you, reader, to tap into your natural urges to slow down and to open yourself up to the idea of just thinking about and imagining where you are, where you’re going, and whatever else may come up.

Take care!

Madison Weingust is a student at Bay Mills Community College.

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