when did you stop?

In many shamanic societies if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being dis-heartened or depressed, they would ask you 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 a loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four Universal healing salved.

- Gabrielle Roth