In many shamanic societies, if you go to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited or depressed, they don’t throw a couple of pink pills at you and tell you to come back again in a month if things don’t get better. Instead, they ask:
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?
Dancing, singing, storytelling and silence are the four universal salves. When we’re depressed, anxious, rundown and stuck, we can look to play, creativity and mindfulness techniques to get us feeling like ourselves again.
When we’re stuck, it’s often because we’ve stopped having fun. We’ve stopped taking care of ourselves. As a result, we feel worse and find it hard to get moving again and on goes the vicious cycle.
When we’re stuck, we fail to see new perspectives.
When we’re stuck, we live in our heads and create scenarios and situations to worry about, that haven’t even happened yet.
When we’re stuck, we’re disconnected from ourselves, others and the world.
Getting unstuck is about getting back to basics: loosening up, tossing out the thoughts, things, people and situations that no longer serve us and getting reconnected to what our gut is telling us we need.
Living is more than following a daily routine. Truly living is about appreciating every moment in the day. It’s about noticing the change in the seasons – the Fall colours. It’s about being grateful for what we’ve got. It’s about focusing on the good. It’s about enjoying moments and making memories.
Getting unstuck and truly living is about letting life romance you again.