Wanderlust + Finding Your True North
This summer has been full of excitement and travel to new places for me. Backpacking through the Jefferson Wilderness in my home state of Oregon, explore the alpine landscape of Squaw Valley, CA, and I am setting out for a long week of assisting a Yoga Medicine 500hr teacher training.
I had the incredible opportunity to go to two Wanderlust festivals, Whistler and Squaw Valley, in the month of July. The first festival in Squaw Valley as a hiking and meditation guide, and the second in Whistler as an assistant and participant. There is a lot to love about the Wanderlust festivals...great teachers, beautiful locations, community and connection, but the thing that really resonated with me this year was their philosophy and constant request to "find your true north".
I've been thinking about that a lot this year, and if you live in Portland and attend my classes you already know that what I am really talking about is purpose. Finding your true north is about taking an attitude of curiosity and exploring the things that make you shine, and I mean really really shine, like from the inside kind of bone vibrating, feet grounding, self-assured shinyness.
We try different hats on throughout our lives and at some point, many of us just settle. We find something that works well enough for us and we go with that, daydreaming about what might be or could have been. I have never found that one thing and I never will. Because, for me, it is always changing and it comes in many forms. The things that lift me up have always had roots in being supportive, in facilitating other people's awesomeness and growth, and at it's very core love.
I am still curious and always exploring, and that brings me closer and closer to living a life filled with purpose. It is with that curiosity and hope to inspire the explorer within you that I ask: What does your true north look like? Whatever it is, are your choices taking you in that direction, or are you getting pulled off the path by different distractions and worries? If you're not headed there, how can you get back to going in the right direction?