“The Caterpillar and Alice looked at each other for some time in silence: at last the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth, and addressed her in a languid, sleepy voice.
‘Who are YOU?’ said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, `I–I hardly know, sir, just at present– at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.’
`What do you mean by that?’ said the Caterpillar sternly. `Explain yourself!’
`I can’t explain MYSELF, I’m afraid, sir’ said Alice, `because I’m not myself, you see.'”
at one time or another you haven’t felt quite like yourself. maybe this feeling persisted for a short period of time like a few hours or a few days. maybe this feeling lasted months or even years. when you lose yourself, it might take a while to even realize that you’ve been missing in the first place. then begins the inevitable process of trying to find yourself again.
much like peter pan chasing his shadow, we chase after this version of our true selves that somehow escaped. did your “self” run away after a relationship ended? did you stuff yourself in an old suitcase while trying to please other people? did you just get too busy to take care of you, and do the things that you really need to make yourself happy?
part one: find yourself.
losing your true self, or a least a sense of who you are, is not necessarily a pleasant experience, but it is an opportunity for growth and self discovery. it is the opportunity to come back to an even stronger sense of who you are.
this week, explore the things (sights/sounds/smells/tastes/tasks) that make you feel alive and fully present in your own skin. that could mean taking a class, dusting off your favorite book, watching your favorite movie or getting back into your kitchen after a long absence. whatever you chose to do, make sure it makes you feel good and whole and makes you feel like you. document your experiences with words and images or any other media of you choice.
part two: lose yourself.
on the other side of the coin, allowing yourself to truly get “lost” in something can be a liberating and transformative experience. this week let go! let go of your insecurities or inhibitions. let go of your need to feel completely in control and allow yourself to get swept up in the magic and energy of something whether that is losing yourself in a piece of beautiful music or losing yourself in a magnificent work of art. lose yourself looking up at the night sky pondering the awe and mystery of the universe or lose yourself to dance…and as always, document your experiences and share them with us!
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