When did you stop dancing?

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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 experience the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves.

I’ve noticed that many of us working Americans have become so engulfed in our jobs and daily life that we have forgotten to honor who we are on a soul level. The thing that we once poured hours upon hours into is now but a distant memory. What was your craft that you once cherished and loved so dearly? How did your life change once you stopped doing whatever it was you loved? Where has that part of you gone? Perhaps we feel that whatever it was we loved doing suddenly doesn’t fit into our plan …or maybe we feel it won’t reap financial rewards. Whatever the reason, part of who you are has become lost because of it. The thing that fulfilled your soul has now been replaced with a void. We may try our hardest to convince ourselves that our craft is no longer in our plan but it is! It is part of who you are! We come up with excuse after excuse as to why we no longer dance (sing, write, play sports, act, etc…). Your craft may no longer look the way it once did when you were younger but there is always a way for you to have your hand in it. It’s never too late to continue doing the things you once loved.

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