Meditation Monday – July 19, 2021

“But those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”

John 4:13

Grabbing a glass of water when I am thirsty does not come naturally to me. Rather than grabbing a glass, I tend to put it off while I finish whatever it is I am doing. I know in my head that dehydration causes all sorts of problems, but I allow it to happen more than I care to admit.

Yes. I know what it is to be physically, emotionally, and spiritually dehydrated. I suspect most of you do as well. Why do we let ourselves get to this point? We know better, right? Oh, the self-shaming we do!

How about a paradigm shift? Instead of asking what is wrong with ourselves, we could learn a thing or two from shamanic societies. Gabrielle Roth reminds us that someone comes to a shaman complaining of being depressed, that ask a set 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?

Hmm, I never would have asked myself these questions; it is a true paradigm shift.
Freeing! So, who wants to go dancing?