Imagine yourself alone in the forest. As the picture clears in your mind’s eye, see yourself as a child, alone, in darker, thicker woods. Invent the sights and sounds of this woodland. See the shimmering light cascading down through the leaves and branches of the surrounding trees. Notice the shadows of branches weaving dark paths across the forest floor. Remind yourself of the smells of nature and hear the sound of animals, birds, and even the wind rustling the leaves of the trees, or perhaps —silence.
With that clear image of the forest in your mind and a feeling in your body, now imagine arriving here following a trail that has vanished and neither is there a clear path home. You are lost. How does this disorientation change the mood of your forest?
As a boy, I had the privilege of assisting my mother in her service work as a search & rescue dog handler. As part of a larger search & rescue organization, we trained majestic German Shepherds and ourselves for missions to find the victims who lost themselves to a rugged and secretive wilderness, or those disastrously tossed from the familiar safety and security of home.
The training demanded we create mock searches, contrived scenarios mimicking the circumstances of actual emergencies where the searchers and the missing might find themselves. Mock-searches required mock-victims, and me, as a boy, less than 12 years of age, would be placed miles into the woods where I would sit alone—and wait to be found.
I can remember at least one occasion waiting where early morning, became midday, and midday became afternoon, and afternoon became dusk, and the sun began to set and the woods began to darken, and despite my expectations, no dog came upon me, and no rescue arrived as had been planned. For the moment I realized I was alone and essentially had been lost.
These experiences taught me two important lessons about life:
1. We get lost.
2. Sometimes we may have to find our own way home.
Have you ever felt lost? Me too.
Ronny Joe Grooms is a certified Yoga Teacher, Ayurveda Yoga Therapist, Artist and Spiritual Activist. He has multiple advanced certifications in Yoga and Peace Leadership and holds a Master of Fine Art specializing in Art & Consciousness, awarded by JFK University in Berkeley, California.
Ronny Joe Grooms Ayurveda Yoga Guide/500RT
The practice and study of holistic life has enriched my personal health, relationships, and sense of purpose in every way. Meditation and Yoga are two of the most important discoveries of my life. The misconceptions about yoga are many, and of course new knowledge is coming to us every day. The yoga teaching philosophy I aspire is holistic and systematic, informed by 15 years of devoted study and practice of art, peace, and consciousness. My classical hatha yoga training is a pure meditative style, inherently rejuvenating and relaxing with an emphasis on the inward journey, while also providing the challenge and precision so many modern practitioners look for today. As a Ayurveda Yoga Guide (classical Indian medicine) I bring the care and wisdom of a lineage to one yogi at a time. I believe the most powerful transformations for the world are happening in the hearts of wellness seekers worldwide on the mat, and on the meditation cushion, lifting consciousness to high levels of thinking and peace. I am devoted and honored to be a part of this shift in the spirit of service to humanity. (Click here to view Ronny's Certifications & Credentials)
Search and find.