When I took my first wobbly steps toward the edge of my personal Merry Go ‘Round, I was scared, in fact I was terrified. I felt naked, alone and confused. I had finally put both my feet on solid ground and still something was missing. I was still looking back to the past, I didn’t miss the events that had happened but I did miss the familiarity. As unhealthy as my life was, it was all I knew. Then I came across a quote from Gabrielle Roth and it made me truly rethink my life and gave me direction to filling the empty spots. This is what I read:
” In many shamanic societies, if you came to a 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?”
The questions are so simplistic and straightforward yet they are profound. Freedom is found when you move, speak, listen and contemplate. Daily I practice movement through yoga, I verbalize my needs and wants, I actively listen to the world and people around me and I contemplate through the silence of meditation.
The moment you decide to change your life, surroundings, thought patterns etc., you have started the journey. Healing involves all the senses and the four questions bring the senses together. The answers for each person will be different, what moves you, what speaks to you, what you listen too and how to contemplate. Not everyone will find movement through yoga, although it my go to for all my ills, there is yoga pose for almost everything! Believe me when I say, you will find yours, research, read and educate yourself. The answers are there. The study of Shamanism itself is a fascinating discipline and a worthwhile area of study.
When I feel like I’m losing my way another quote that brings me back to living in the present is, ” Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside of us while we live”, Norman Cousins.
* I found the image for this post by googling “free to use shamanic images”, there is no author listed for the image, if you recognize it, please feel free to email me so I can give credit. *