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How to Find Happiness Medicine

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Would you like to wake up every morning feeling happier, fully alive, and more connected to life than you already are?

Of course you would. We all want to be happier. In fact, Aristotle said that “happiness is the goal of all goals—the be all and end all of life.”

Unfortunately, we don’t always feel happy. But we can change and here is how!

Once a man from a tribal culture had become troubled and unhappy. The villagers had taken him to the local shaman (medicine man). After the suffering man poured out his troubles to the wise spiritual leader, the shaman sat quietly for a moment. Then, instead of giving him advice or prescribing an herbal remedy, the shaman simply asked him four questions:

  1. When did you stop singing?
  2. When did you stop dancing?
  3. When did you stop being enchanted by story?
  4. When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?

Across all cultures, the healers and medicine people know that if someone is unhappy, they are inevitably missing one or more of these four crucial ingredients for happiness.

Without song, movement, story-telling and silence, we begin to experience a loss of soul or spirit.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these:

  1. Singing: Singing can be as simple as humming or chanting or it can be a full blown aria in the shower. You don’t have to have a great voice or be on key—just singing opens the heart. Research shows that the sound of your own voice singing, chanting or humming strengthens your immune system. Even though we often think of singing as an expression of being happy, it can actually help you recover your inner peace and well-being if you’ve lost your joy.
  2. Dancing/Moving Your Body: Every culture throughout history has had some form of movement in dance, sport, and exercise. Moving your body creates endorphins, the feel-good hormone. Movement and dance bring you back into your body and help you trust your body’s deep wisdom.
  3. Storytelling/Sharing with Others: Storytelling is one of the oldest healing tools igniting our heart and imagination and re-enchanting the world. Make sure to share your story with others—not the victim version, but the empowered one.
  4. Silence: While silence is something that’s hard to come by in our culture, it is one of the most important allies you have in raising your happiness level. Being silent, even for 10 or 15 minutes a day, allows you to touch the great mystery of life and remember who you are.

So, the next time you find yourself a little down or in a funk, remember the shaman’s four questions. Then add a bit of singing, dancing, story-telling, and silence into your day. I guarantee you will find this powerful medicine working in your life.

Happiness blessings,
Cherokee Billie

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How to Find Happiness Medicine

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Would you like to wake up every morning feeling happier, fully alive, and more connected to life than you already are?

Of course you would. We all want to be happier. In fact, Aristotle said that “happiness is the goal of all goals—the be all and end all of life.”

Unfortunately, we don’t always feel happy. But we can change and here is how!

Once a man from a tribal culture had become troubled and unhappy. The villagers had taken him to the local shaman (medicine man). After the suffering man poured out his troubles to the wise spiritual leader, the shaman sat quietly for a moment. Then, instead of giving him advice or prescribing an herbal remedy, the shaman simply asked him four questions:

1. When did you stop singing?
2. When did you stop dancing?
3. When did you stop being enchanted by story?
4. When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?

Across all cultures, the healers and medicine people know that if someone is unhappy, they are inevitably missing one or more of these four crucial ingredients for happiness.

Without song, movement, story-telling and silence, we begin to experience a loss of soul or spirit.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these:

1. Singing: Singing can be as simple as humming or chanting or it can be a full blown aria in the shower. You don’t have to have a great voice or be on key—just singing opens the heart. Research shows that the sound of your own voice singing, chanting or humming strengthens your immune system. Even though we often think of singing as an expression of being happy, it can actually help you recover your inner peace and well-being if you’ve lost your joy.

2. Dancing/Moving Your Body: Every culture throughout history has had some form of movement in dance, sport, and exercise. Moving your body creates endorphins, the feel-good hormone. Movement and dance bring you back into your body and help you trust your body’s deep wisdom.

3. Storytelling/Sharing with Others: Storytelling is one of the oldest healing tools igniting our heart and imagination and re-enchanting the world. Make sure to share your story with others—not the victim version, but the empowered one.

4. Silence: While silence is something that’s hard to come by in our culture, it is one of the most important allies you have in raising your happiness level. Being silent, even for 10 or 15 minutes a day, allows you to touch the great mystery of life and remember who you are.

So, the next time you find yourself a little down or in a funk, remember the shaman’s four questions. Then add a bit of singing, dancing, story-telling, and silence into your day. I guarantee you will find this powerful medicine working in your life.

CherokeeBillie.com

Happiness Medicine

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Would you like to wake up every morning feeling happier, fully alive, and more connected to life than you already are?

Of course you would. We all want to be happier. In fact, Aristotle said that “happiness is the goal of all goals—the be all and end all of life.”

Unfortunately, we don’t always feel happy. But we can change and here is how!

Once a man from a tribal culture had become troubled and unhappy. The villagers had taken him to the local shaman (medicine man). After the suffering man poured out his troubles to the wise spiritual leader, the shaman sat quietly for a moment. Then, instead of giving him advice or prescribing an herbal remedy, the shaman simply asked him four questions:

1. When did you stop singing?

2. When did you stop dancing?

3. When did you stop being enchanted by story?

4. When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?

Across all cultures, the healers and medicine people know that if someone is unhappy, they are inevitably missing one or more of these four crucial ingredients for happiness.

Without song, movement, story-telling and silence, we begin to experience a loss of soul or spirit.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these:

1. Singing: Singing can be as simple as humming or chanting or it can be a full blown aria in the shower. You don’t have to have a great voice or be on key—just singing opens the heart. Research shows that the sound of your own voice singing, chanting or humming strengthens your immune system. Even though we often think of singing as an expression of being happy, it can actually help you recover your inner peace and well-being if you’ve lost your joy.

2. Dancing/Moving Your Body: Every culture throughout history has had some form of movement in dance, sport, and exercise. Moving your body creates endorphins, the feel-good hormone. Movement and dance bring you back into your body and help you trust your body’s deep wisdom.

3. Story-telling/Sharing with Others: Story-telling is one of the oldest healing tools igniting our heart and imagination and re-enchanting the world. Make sure to share your story with others—not the victim version, but the empowered one.

4. Silence: While silence is something that’s hard to come by in our culture, it is one of the most important allies you have in raising your happiness level. Being silent, even for 10 or 15 minutes a day, allows you to touch the great mystery of life and remember who you are.

So, the next time you find yourself a little down or in a funk, remember the shaman’s four questions. Then add a bit of singing, dancing, story-telling, and silence into your day. I guarantee you’ll find they’re powerful medicine for your happiness!

I Sincerely Want to Thank Those Who Have Assisted Me On My Journey.


Because of you I have grown as a person and I am truly grateful. I pray that someday the world will live in love and peace.

Open your mouth only if what you are about to say is more beautiful then silence.

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie

Are you looking to find God in your life?


by Cherokee Billie.

Are you looking to find God in your life? Do you want answers from God? Guess what? You can receive answers if you let your mind visit the space between your thoughts.

You may be going, “Huh. What is she talking about?” I am talking about the endless Chatter that is constantly going on in our minds. How can you expect to hear from the gentle spirit of God when your mind is cluttered with constant self talk and oftentimes confusion?

Buddha taught “It is not the words that are spoken; it is the silence between the words.” Silence is the key that opens the connection to the Divine Spirit/God. Of course it is easier said than done. Silencing the mind is one of the most difficult things to do. Many people meditate to get their mind quieter, but still find it extremely difficult. Some people go into retreats for years so that they can learn to quiet their mind. It is absolutely that hard to still the mind of mindless chatter.

Your Exercise

Try pausing between each thought and analyze that last thought you had and see if it was really important, of value, or needful in your life. When you do this you are visiting the space between your thoughts. When you can pay attention to your thoughts you will start noticing how much time you are wasting thinking about the past, present, and future. All you really need to do is be quiet and still for as many moments as you possibly can throughout the day and you will start noticing that many things that were important to you really have very little meaning. Amazing how unimportant most of our thoughts are.

After having paused between thoughts you will become aware of how many of your thoughts were quite ridiculous. The things you were worried about a few minutes ago you start to see as not so important. Maybe you were worried about getting dinner prepared on time and if you would have enough for everyone. When you paused and look at your thoughts you realize dinner will get done and it will be enough for everyone. We worry sometimes over things that are really needless and this is the point of getting silent and learning to quiet your mind.

You will find your prayers to the Divine Spirit/God will have a more profound meaning because of your silence, which will produce a true devotion and dedication to this miraculous Supreme Being. Still your mind right now!

Still the Mind of Mindless Chatter


I wrote this article about two weeks ago and it came from the inspiration of this song by a friend of mine, Samaria, who passed away in 2008 from breast cancer. To demonstrate how God works, this song had not been on the internet for over a year and I remembered the lyrics and wrote the article based on this song. Sunday I put in the name of this song and miraculously there was the song again. I got in touch with the person who put it up and we have been sharing our memories of Samaria. She was a great lady and you will tell that from the song. Please pay attention to the song and the article I wrote as it is life changing. Many blessings, Cherokee Billie

Still the Mind of Mindless Chatter by Cherokee Billie

You may be going, “Huh. What is she talking about?” I am talking about the endless Chatter that is constantly going on in our minds. How can you expect to hear from the gentle spirit of God when your mind is cluttered with constant self talk and oftentimes confusion?

Buddha taught “It is not the words that are spoken; it is the silence between the words.” Silence is the key that opens the connection to the Divine Spirit/God. Of course it is easier said than done. Silencing the mind is one of the most difficult things to do. Many people meditate to get their mind quieter, but still find it extremely difficult. Some people go into retreats for years so that they can learn to quiet their mind. It is absolutely that hard to still the mind of mindless chatter.

Your Exercise

Try pausing between each thought and analyze that last thought you had and see if it was really important, of value, or needful in your life. When you do this you are visiting the space between your thoughts. When you can pay attention to your thoughts you will start noticing how much time you are wasting thinking about the past, present, and future. All you really need to do is be quiet and still for as many moments as you possibly can throughout the day and you will start noticing that many things that were important to you really have very little meaning. Amazing how unimportant most of our thoughts are.

After having paused between thoughts you will become aware of how many of your thoughts were quite ridiculous. The things you were worried about a few minutes ago you start to see as not so important. Maybe you were worried about getting dinner prepared on time and if you would have enough for everyone. When you paused and look at your thoughts you realize dinner will get done and it will be enough for everyone. We worry sometimes over things that are really needless and this is the point of getting silent and learning to quiet your mind.

You will find your prayers to the Divine Spirit/God will have a more profound meaning because of your silence, which will produce a true devotion and dedication to this miraculous Supreme Being. Still your mind right now!

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