In some indigenous practices, if you came to a Medicine Man complaining of feeling disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask you one of these 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?
These activities come so naturally to children, but somewhere along the way, we lose our spontaneity to engage in these activities, allowing ourselves to get caught up in the seriousness and the pressure of life.
Ask yourself these four questions.
If we can remember why and when we decided to stop participating in these simple gifts of life, we can begin to work out how to change our behaviour or begin to heal why we have left them behind.
Hopefully these questions were a gentle reminder to try them again!