Today in yoga class we explored kids yoga.
What a blast. What inspiration.
Today involved being playful. Like a child. We were asked to dance, to sing, to play and to rest.
I love doing all of those things, and recognise in my ‘dark years with little light’ (my early 30’s) I had stopped dancing, stopped singing, stopped playing and didn’t rest much. I was duty bound. Would say things like, “I should be doing (anything not playful) instead “. I felt little fun in my body. Laughed very seldom. Couldn’t really draw on any light playfulness. I was pretty serious. I wouldn’t have found it that fun to be around me most of the time. And the time you may have been around me, I was probably holding a mask of “I have it all together” so you wouldn’t have really seen me anyway.
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?” (sourced: http://www.shamanswell.org)
Now in my light years with little dark, I can say I feel free to sing (nightly to the kids at bed time), I feel free to dance, (most night while cooking dinner), I am constantly enchanted by stories of people I work with and connect with, from my children, on line all of the time and silence…..I LOVE it and meditate now daily.
So, I really feel like it is true for me.
Im interested. What about you? I’d love to hear in the comments below or just consider the following questions quietly to yourself. Do you feel like there could be truth in this ancient wisdom?
1. How comfortable am I to dance and how often do I do it?
2. How often do I sing, and to who?
3. Do you still read mystical stories or make them up?
4. Do you sit in silence every day?
Big love to you
Speak kindly to yourself
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