“There is a dance that only you know how to do.”
What Would The Shaman Tell You?
If you lived in one of the tribal cultures throughout the world, and you were feeling a little flat, lost or generally out of whack, it would be common practice to visit the local shaman (medicine man/woman).
And in some of these tribal cultures it would be common practice for the shaman to ask you 4 simple questions:
- When was the last time you danced?
- When was the last time you sang?
- When was the last time you told a story?
- When was the last time you sat alone in stillness?
In many tribal cultures dancing and singing are known to be ways to greater vitality. They believe that such practices actually inspire the soul, and better connect us to the divine and sustaining forces of life.
Before radio, newspapers and television, telling stories was a way to connect with, teach and entertain each other – activities that are all good for the soul.
And sitting alone in stillness allowed the usual storm of random or compulsive thoughts to settle, and intuition, insight and wisdom to emerge.
In our current “go go go” culture, we have lost much of the wisdom learned from these tribal cultures.
If you cannot remember the last time you sang and danced with friends, shared a story that was meaningful, or sat alone in stillness, take a little time this year to reconnect to some of these tribal practices. Better yet…attend the “Be Inspired Afternoon” at the Kent Emporium on Saturday April 16th.