Saturday, January 28, 2012

Choose your medicine

"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

Think about it...these days, if you went to your Doctor complaining of being disheartened, dispirited or depressed, you'd probably be prescribed a pill.  In fact, you could probably tell your Doctor which pill you want (at least, that's what all the commercials say "...tell your Doctor").

There's a pill for everything - whatever ails you, there's a pill out there that will take care of it.  And that's not to say that I'm not tremendously grateful for modern medicine, because I am.  It's just that a pill, the quick fix, isn't always the answer.

The practice of yoga is just that - a practice.  It takes time.  It takes commitment.  It takes self- discipline.  It requires you to sit with yourself, in silence.  To face your deepest fears.  To embrace your whole self fully.  

When I read the above  quote, I thought "this is what yoga is all about".  Yoga is a dance.  Your spirit sings.  You become re-enchanted in the story of yourself.  You take comfort in the sweet silence of your quiet mind.  Whatever you feel you are missing from your life, I believe yoga can help you find it...within yourself.

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