When You’re Lost, How to Find Yourself Again

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You’ve had a setback that’s knocked the wind out of you.

Possibly, you’re grieving, heartbroken, or you feel like something is missing.

As a soul coach, I’ve guided many who feel lost, back to themselves.

My approach is based on the conviction that we all have someone we’re meant to be.

You’re hoping to rediscover your sense of self and purpose after some kind of significant change or loss.

This article lists four steps to help you find your footing and your true self.

4 Steps to Finding Yourself Again

After a significant change in life, here are the steps to find yourself again.

  • Commit to yourself.
  • Discover yourself.
  • Tools to love yourself.
  • Be true to something more within you.
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Step One: Commit to yourself

Commit to being true to yourself.

And your destiny.

This is the first step is the beginning of your quest to express what is within you.

For me, this began when I was turning 40.

While I loved being a mom, parts of me were ignored, which can feel soul crushing.

You may feel stuck, lost, confused… orr all of the above. It’s an important starting point.

You’ll most likely doubt yourself.

You feel there’s more within you waiting to come out.

This stage involves asking for help, be open to leaders, mentors, and guides joining you on your journey.

Begin noticing what is good around you so that you’ll attract more into your life.

And don’t worry if you feel stuck, it’s the beginning of your soul searching journey.

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Step Two: Discover yourself

On the journey to finding yourself again, you’ll begin to see yourself from a deeper, soul-centered perspective.

This is self-discovery.

Decide what you need to give, share, and which people you want to help with your life.

What is your intuition of how this universe wants to use you?

Ask: What is the burning desire within me? What do I feel I must do, or my life will feel like I didn’t live fully?

And, you’ll become more invested in finding yourself spiritually.

This stage is about opening up to self-knowledge and seeing your true nature as a soul here to accomplish something specific to you.

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6 Questions You’ll Ask to Find Yourself Again

  • Who am I?
  • What am I doing here?
  • What is the purpose of my life?
  • Why do bad things happen to good people?
  • How do you feel like yourself again?
  • Where do I go from here?

Quiet the mind

Your intuition about yourself will be stronger as you quiet your mind as part of your spiritual self care routine.

First, do meditation, in some form, somehow each day… or at least each week!

Meditation is a kind of the baseline for connecting with yourself and this universe.

Do regular exercise, regular self-care, be out in nature, try a new hobby, or journaling to quiet the mind.

There are many ways to open up to the truth within you.

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Step Three: Tools to love yourself

This stage of the journey requires that you feel what is true and be authentic 100%.

Feeling your emotions and keeping your thoughts high vibration is what you’ll be practicing at this stage.

This is all part of soul care because we’re here to heal our lives AND share what we’re designed to give.

Feeling our emotions while keeping our thoughts high-vibration is how we transform our lives.

If you need the help of a therapist or counselor, there are many options. The feeling of being lost is certainly uncomfortable.

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Feel it to heal it

We feel it to heal it, that’s how the body is made.

The main idea in this stage is to feel the emotional energy that’s inside you and release it.

Believe it or not… it’s all energy and can be moved out of the body.

Over and over, bit by bit.

Feel your authentic emotions while keeping your thinking supportive and self loving.

Patience with YOU is key.

As we free ourselves from the past and let go of heavy emotional energy, we are able to fulfill our potential.

Here’s a list of emotional release techniques and tools to consider.

And here’s information to help you create positive energy so that you’ll be lighter as you continue forward on your journey.

Learning to love yourself

Self love is a journey, no doubt about it.

Along the journey, practice affirmations for self love, to program your brain for greater self-acceptance, self-compassion, and self-forgiveness.

Also, do self love exercises so that it’s more than just thinking with self-love… you’re taking action.

Most of all, love your soul.

Love who you are underneath it all… You are not your body, your personality, your hair, your sense of humor, or your traits.

You are a unique soul with much to do in this life.

Step Four: Be true to something more within you

As you come into stage four you’re feeling more self-esteem and self-compassion.

You’re ready to go deeper with self-love.

You’re able to use self-honesty without criticism.

You’re quieting your inner critic and don’t expect yourself to be perfect. You are willing to fail.

It’s Meant To Be

Ultimately, you are here for a reason and you are ready to step into that reason. Much like a caterpillar who becomes a butterfly.

Your destiny is meant to be.

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Belonging: How do I find myself again?

Part of feeling lost after a new loss… is feeling like you don’t belong.

Because life is different than before.

Human beings need a sense of belonging. It’s wired into our guts. And we will search high and low to find where we belong.

Losing someone we love, or having an accident or health scare can cause us to question everything about our life.

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So, you’ll ask these questions…

Who am I?

This is the eternal question! It’s up there with: What is the meaning of life?

Who am I... is a question about your core identity that has been asked by many philosophers, including Socrates, who felt the soul is who you are.

So, in being a soulful person, you find the answers you’re looking for because you’re so connected to the soul, the essence of YOU.

I happen to agree with Socrates… 100%.

And a long list of great thinkers agrees as well. Marsilio Ficino from the 1400s, Carl Jung who lived until 1961, and James Hillman who passed in 201, to name a few.

I define the soul here.

It’s who you are before you’ve been hurt by life. It holds what you’re capable of doing in this life.

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What am I doing here?

You are here for a reason and your life was created to fulfill that reason.

Your life is not an accident. You have not randomly landed here. Instead, you are part of a world that may appear haphazard but is supportive and intelligent.

Let’s challenge that idea for a moment. This next month, simply notice how often each day something happens that’s strange or unusual.

Usually, these things are not coincidences! No way. They’re part of the support that’s happening behind the scenes of your life, helping you along your path.

It just might be a slightly longer and bumpier path than you wanted!

And if you don’t see these things at first, you will eventually. Just open your imagination to what might be going on.

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Examples of guidance

Some examples are when the right book or post pops up just when you needed to hear it. And, when someone shows up in your life at just the right time.

Or, when an opportunity arises when you were about to give up.

Wayne Dyer said, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

So, try looking at the universe with the belief, I am guided, and see what happens.

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What is the purpose of my life?

Since we are here to learn and grow, we have more than one purpose in life.

What are you here to learn? Finding the answer is one purpose.

What you have to give, share, or express is another purpose.

And you may have a number of things to accomplish, not just one.

On the flip side, you may have just one very specific purpose…. like raising the next president of the United States or inventing the next cure for a deadly disease.

Or, starting a ripple effect that changes how large populations of people change their thinking.

You or your child might set an effect in motion that you can’t even imagine now.

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Why do bad things happen to good people?

When my husband passed away the first book I got was: When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner.

This phenomenal book explores the question we all have bouncing around in our heads: Why don’t the bad guys die and the good guys stay here?

It’s heartbreaking to lose people who were making the world better just by being here.

Those special souls whose very presence lifted those around them.

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Rabbi Kushner’s best-selling book suggests that we may not understand what happens, but there is a God and the worst adversity can be turned into something meaningful.

This answer may comfort you or not. Personally, if you believe there is no answer, I understand that very, very well.

The book is dedicated to the memory of his young son, Aaron, who died at the age of 14 in 1977 of an incurable disease.

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How do I feel like myself again?

After any new loss… you don’t feel like yourself.

You wake up each day and you feel… off.

You’d love to feel like yourself again, or at least comfortable. You miss that feeling.

During this time, allow yourself to be sad, to grieve, to feel off. Let it be.

Because, and this is important, once you’ve grieved and honored your experience, you will feel like yourself again. And if you really allow yourself to feel lost, you’ll find a new level of comfort that’s even better. Please trust the process. Nature designs us to heal.

Where do I go from here?

You go on a quest to find yourself. And it’s a lifelong quest. It’s an honorable quest.

Just one baby step at a time through these four stages above.

And remember, as uncomfortable as it is, you’re never ever alone on your quest to find yourself.

The universe steps in when you feel lost

Six months after my husband passed, a book came to me in the middle of the night about a caterpillar who doesn’t believe she can be a butterfly. She doesn’t believe in herself.

She’s lost.

She doesn’t really know herself and doubts herself.

I know my spirit guides gave me this book. I’m certain. So, when your spirit guides give you a story to tell, you have to commit and tell the story!

In the book, my caterpillar feels lost in life, long before she experiences a loss of love.

Like myself, she feels deep down that there’s more within her that needs to surface in life, but doesn’t know what it is or how to find it.

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Sometimes in life, we have to crawl

Crawling is defined as the challenging times in life. 

You’re stepping slowly on the ground, small baby steps at a time. During these times soul guidance is KEY.

When we’re feeling lost, often, we’re crawling through the day, through conversations, and basically faking it a lot of the time.

At the end of the day, we wonder how we made it through. How did I wake up, show up and muddle through the day long enough to get me back home and into bed?

How did I do that?

Most of the time, we don’t know how we did it.

Looking back, I don’t know how I did it, except that I crawled one day at a time.

Why I wrote about a caterpillar

I mentioned above, waking up in the middle of the night with a book in my head about a caterpillar who doesn’t believe she can be a butterfly.

This was me.

I’d never written a book.

Actually, I never even wanted to write a book before.

But, as I’ve heard others say, the book asked to be written.

The story takes place from the point of view of the caterpillar because I was crawling through my grief and self-doubt.

And I was completely lost.

Yet, I knew there was more within me.

Plus, my husband validated this when he visited me in a dream and told me that I had more to do and be in my life. I discovered later that he was ultimately assigned to be one of my spirit guides.

I had to grow my own wings.

When you experience something so odd, so big, and so hard to believe… it wakes you up a bit. It wakes you up a lot!

Because we become so used to only believing what we can see in life.

So, when we’re given the gift of peering behind the veil of life, to the other side, it’s transformational.

Or it can be.

The veil is the very thin line or almost non-existent partition between life and death.

And when this happens, we get the opportunity to experience with our own feeble senses, that yes, there’s more beyond this life.

There’s more we can’t see or touch.

But, it’s there.

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Poems of Self-Compassion

I’ll never forget listening to David Whyte’s Poems of Self-Compassion for the first time.

In this incredible audio, he tells a story of when the hero within himself had to sit down, while the part of him that limped carried him across a broken bridge.

I understood that 100%. At home, I was writing about my crawling caterpillar while David Whyte took me through his poem about the limping times in life.

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How to help someone find themselves

There are many ways to ways to find yourself again, but the first step is to admit that you’re lost.

Because we lose people we love in life, our youth, self-confidence, chapters in life, optimism, hope, and possibly our joy.

And if that’s not enough, we lose relationships, houses, health, self-esteem… how do we get through it and be true to ourselves?

Becoming yourself again… is often the beginning of a personal transformation. And any transformation in life begins with awareness, with step one.

When you acknowledge, I don’t know where I am and I don’t know where I’m going… you open yourself.

If you feel safe doing so, tell trusted friends and family members. And if you don’t feel safe, give yourself permission to keep it to yourself.

Only you know what it’s like to be YOU!

Ways you may feel lost

You may feel lost in terms of your purpose, your deepest desires, who your partner should be, how to solve a problem, what step to take next, and what you believe about yourself.

In addition, you might feel spiritually lost. Where, like myself, you visit church after church, synagogues, meetups, communing with nature, and none of that speaks to your heart.

And then, of course, is feeling lost after you lose someone you love, either because they pass away or the relationship ends.

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Tired of being strong

I related with my heart and soul because I didn’t want to be strong anymore. I was tired of carrying such a heavy load.

This time of being tired from life, or burn out, or whatever you’re feeling, forces you to rest.

Rest is very important when you’re finding yourself.

Because you may not realize it, but your mind is going 24/7 about your life, your problems, stress, are you being the best version of yourself, and on and one.

All of that brain activity is exhausting to the body.

So rest is good.

Then, find a puddle to soak in

Your puddle is defined as the place within you that goes deeper.

It’s an important place because it’s profound to know your own inner workings.

It’s honoring yourself when you allow your unique experience without self-rejection.

The simple act of being with whatever emotion arises is needed to find your true self.

And, expressing your feelings is KEY.

(As is expressing yourself… period!)

Because we feel it to heal it. This saying, well known in the world of emotional healing will remind you that you must feel to heal.

As the saying goes, “The only way past is through.”

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Here’s a two-minute audio I recorded with affirmations on How to forgive yourself for past mistakes.

And here are 200 affirmations for self-love.

Self-forgiveness is an essential part of the healing of your life. Especially after losing someone you love, survivor’s guilt may come into play and only add to your heartache.

Pushing Through by Rainer Maria Rilke

In Rainer Maria Rilke‘s poem, Pushing Through, he writes…

It’s possible I am pushing through solid rock
in flintlike layers, as the ore lies, alone;
I am such a long way in I see no way through,
and no space: everything is close to my face,
and everything close to my face is stone.

I don’t have much knowledge yet in grief
so this massive darkness makes me small.
You be the master: make yourself fierce, break in:
then your great transforming will happen to me,
and my great grief cry will happen to you.


When you’re lost or grief-ridden, as this poem is about, it feels like you’re pushing through solid rock.

Rilke’s phenomenal image here is that… it’s massive darkness and you feel so small.

He’s saying, your great transforming will happen to me, and my great grief cry will happen to you.

I remember reciting this poem to myself on my walks each day… over and over again. I could see the solid rock in front of me and I related with grief feeling so heavy that I couldn’t push through it.

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I suspect that grief and feeling lost in life go hand in hand for many people. Whether it’s current grief or old unfinished grief.

When you’re lost in life, what emotions are bouncing around in there that want to be felt?

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Other GOOD reasons you feel lost in life.

It’s possible to lose yourself in other ways as well. You might feel as though you’ve drifted, focusing on helplessness or victim consciousness.

Victim triangle

In The Power of TED (The Empowerment Dynamic), David Emerald writes about the victim triangle versus the creator triangle.

In the first point, you feel as though things happen to you and you often feel powerless.

And negative self-talk can consume your life.

While in the creator triangle you see yourself as a creator in your life, which is empowering.

You believe in your ability to create the results you desire and you find a way to do it.

You’re willing to try new things, pursue your dreams, and explore the unknown.

When you feel lost or like a victim, excitement is limited and fun challenges don’t seem to come down the road. Routines feel boring and they’re not as enjoyable.

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Losing the connection to self

It’s possible that we lose the connection with ourselves when we have other notions about what we’re supposed to do in life. Our feelings are wrapped up in feeling like we’re not enough.

However, as you connect within, to your soul, your genius, your gifts, you become centered in what you have to give.

Beware of who you spend time with because negativity can be attributed either to a friend, family, society, or even just you alone.

Plus, when we do things we don’t want, out of obligation, we can end up feeling even worse.

Negative thoughts lead to feeling lost

Every single emotion, believe it or not, begins with a thought. Whether you’re aware of it or not.

To learn how to find yourself, it’s important to pay attention to your thinking.


Am I criticizing myself?

Am I giving myself enough time and space to be with my emotions?

Do I believe I deserve an abundance of love and success?

There’s no doubt that negative thinking is a habit and like any habit, can be changed. In my book The Thought Store: 8 Simple Thinking Habits, I help people change low-vibe thinking.

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Make sure your thinking is supportive!

Negative thoughts can make you feel like you are the worst person in the world. When you are feeling lost and you want to know how to find yourself again, your thinking needs to be self-loving.

Your thinking must be high-vibe!

Instead, when you feel lost, focus your thoughts on being good to your true self.

What does this look like?

When your mood or energy drops and you feel out of your comfort zone ask yourself:

What am I feeling right now?

What do I need in this moment? Am I living in this moment?

Notice how instead of criticizing yourself, you focus on what you need. This is necessary because when you feel lost and you’re out of your comfort zone, you need love.

We find our way with self-confidence, self-compassion, and self-love.

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Final thoughts

For a long time after my husband passed, I was lost. However, truth be told, I was lost in a different way before that.

Before that happened, I would describe myself as spiritually lost or hungry and looking for a sense of my own soul.

I realize now that trying to find yourself again is often a search for self-acceptance and self-love. At least it was for me.

How to find yourself is a journey to the self. We each have a calling in this life and it’s up to us to answer the call.

As a soul coach, I love how we’re each individuals with our own calling… and the idea that you are here for a reason that’s all yours.

There’s no silver bullet to find your way to yourself, it’s a process.

As I write in The Butterfly Silhouette, it’s a quest.

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