Many people describe their teen years as when they ‘find themselves.’
For some, they discovered who they were and proceeded onward with focus and determination. For the rest of us, we’re in our late-20’s and still feeling lost.
You’re not alone.
Fortunately, just like being lost in the woods, you can go on a journey and become found.
Today, I’m going to lay out how you can catalyze an inner journey to find yourself. This is a somewhat abstract, lifelong quest, so don’t expect to be found when you’re done reading. However, you can expect to have a few solid ideas about how to begin your journey.
If you’re starting off completely lost in life – you don’t know what to do with romance, your career or even your spare time – you need to focus in on where you are.
When lost in the woods, you try to establish your coordinates. If you’re lost in a strange neighborhood while driving, you pull over and use your smartphone’s GPS to locate yourself.
Apply that same mentality to this step. You aren’t trying to immediately find yourself, you’re just trying to locate where you’re at.
If that sounds contradictory or abstract, don’t worry, here comes the practical advice: meditate.
Feeling lost is a state of mind, so that’s where you begin.
Starting a meditation practice requires nothing but yourself. Meditation helps clear your mind of stress and static. Clearing out the first layer of static surrounding your feeling of being lost will help bring the cause of that feeling to light. Identifying the cause is the first step towards resolving it – and finding yourself.
Try to describe your feeling beyond the word ‘lost.’ Here are a few examples that may ring true:
- “I don’t feel satisfied in my career, but I don’t know what to do about it.”
- “One (or more) of my relationships has become unfulfilling, but I don’t want to give up.”
- “I feel like I’m just going through the motions of life, without living it.”
I chose those examples because I’ve experienced them all. To me, they each felt like being lost. However, once I honed in on the reason, I felt a little better. I had my coordinates.
Navigating Yourself Back to Found
Once you’re able to describe the feeling of being lost, it’s time to form a rough navigation plan towards feeling found. Even though it may be difficult to pinpoint, try to describe what found will feel like. Using the above examples, ‘found’ might feel like:
- “My career gives me a sense of fulfillment and provides for a comfortable living.”
- “My relationships add value to my life and nourish me, enabling me to add value to their lives.”
- “Every day begins with a feeling of excitement, and ends by feeling fulfilled.”
Don’t be too rigid in your description. You may achieve it and still feel lost, or you may feel found earlier than you think.
Now, you understand your present coordinates and you know your ending point of feeling found. How do you get from Point A to Point Z?
Formulating a Plan of Action
Now it’s time to create a roadmap from lost to found. These are mighty difficult steps to discover, and they’ll be unique for everyone. They may even change as you go. However, try to plan out what you can do to actively feel found. You may wish to:
- Re-examine your current career and see if another company or industry will be more fulfilling.
- Discover what you truly want out of a relationship, or decide to be alone for a while.
- Embark on a grand adventure, consisting of travel and staying in uncomfortable hostels, to add some spice to your life.
Are You Ready for the Journey?
Working with an energy healer or life coach will also help you hone in on why you feel lost, and what feeling found might be like. They can help clear mental static, allowing you to focus in on your inner truth.
If this article resonated with you all too well, consider stopping by for an energy healing session. We’d love to help you on this journey from lost to found.