In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions.
When did you stop dancing?
When did you stop singing?
When did you stop being enchanted by stories?
When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?
Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experienced the loss of soul.
~ The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Healer, Teacher and Visionary
I don’t know what’s going on, but I have no words for y’all tonight. I didn’t want to miss checking in, so I found this quote to share. Don’t let your soul disappear by forgetting to be creative. Don’t let it wither because you’ve stopped being okay with solitude. Don’t hide your soul under the noise of your life–turn it into music.
If you find yourself on a quiet day feeling disheartened, find some way to hearten yourself. Sing along with a song on the radio. Shake your booty to remind yourself what it feels like to dance and move with the music.
There’s something else that helps when I just can’t feel anything but empty. It happened the last time I was in the hospital. You’ve heard of comfort food–well, sometimes I go for comfort movie. One of the all time favorite movies is just beginning–the original Steel Magnolias. You know the kind I mean–you’ve watched so many times you can recite the dialogue at the same the actors say it. It never loses its healing properties–the laughter, the tears, the community.
I’m going to open it up to whoever is reading these posts? What is your comfort when you feel disheartened? Please tell me!
Write honestly even if poorly.
Do whatever you do honestly even if poorly.