When Did You Stop Dancing?

“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?”                  Gabrielle Roth

This quote came by on Facebook and I really liked it.  It reminded me of Barbara Ehrenreich’s book Dancing in the Streets.  She also connects the rise of depression with the oppression of community dance celebrations.

There is also a story, I think it’s about Dr Alfred Tomatis, who was called to a monastery where the monks were all depressed and sick.  He found out that they had stopped singing Gregorian Chant, and insisted that they start again, and lo and behold, their energy returned.  I love this story, and wish I could have found the original.

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