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Exploring Your Inner Wilderness

Inner Work 1.0

“Go out in the woods, go out. If you don’t go out in the woods nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.” ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estés, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

We all have places inside and outside us that scare us, excite us, call to us. What are yours? Explore what your “woods” are. noting both the internal woods and the external woods. Internal woods could be a part of yourself that you don’t know very well. Carl Jung calls this our shadow. It may be a talent, a trauma, a belief system. It’s something within that begs to be explored. External woods could be trying something new. This could be having a potential challenging conversation with a partner, friend, or family member. Or it could be a professional challenge.

Paint, collage, dance, or write your woods. Share with a trusted friend, partner, or therapist. Note how it feels to create your woods and how it feels to share it.