Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.

Henry David Thoreau


I have spent so much of my life trying to find myself – and I’ve been in good company on that front.  There’s an entire industry built on just that, isn’t there?  And yet, maybe, what I need – what we all need – is to allow ourselves to be lost.

And to stay lost, for as long as it takes, to begin to understand.

Perhaps the living is in the being lost.

(Black backed jackal, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, 2015)


4 Comments on “Lost

  1. and knowing, when we are lost, that others are in the forest, also searching, softens it all.
    yes. yes. and yes. xo

  2. Ooooh, this I understand well! A few years ago, I went to a local spiritual foundation set far into the mountains. Upon arriving, I asked for a map of the grounds and the director (a local shaman) took one look at me and said “I think what you need to experience is getting lost”. I almost hyperventilated. No, ma’am, I have been lost my entire life- what I’d like to do is always ‘be found’. My heart heard her, though, and agreed.

    I have found, since practicing unfolding on this heart-path, that I often actually don’t know where I am or where whatever I am creating will lead and I trust the process implicitly *until* someone asks a question I can’t answer (like, where do you see yourself in six months? I don’t know. I’m not even sure where I see myself in two days!) and then I internalize their judgment and do the work to release it. I also find this happens less when I am present with people who walk a similar path or in a similar way.

    Whatever you are experiencing is profound and inspiring, Christa. I love what you are sharing and am grateful to be receiving your beautiful photos and reflections!

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