Without a camera, how could I continue my mushroom photo safaris?

What do you need to be the healthiest you can be? What do you need to thrive and flourish?

What do you need to satisfy your deepest sense of purpose and fulfill your divine passion?

Do you even know?

I need a camera.

Ever since Uncle Harvey gave me an old 35mm Fujica SLR when I was a teenager, I’ve had a camera. And since my children were born, I’ve probably had 5. On the one hand, they don’t make them like they used to. On the other hand – I have kids.

About a year ago, I realized I needed a very special camera. Waterproof, yes. Shock-proof, yes. Temperature-proof. yes. But, most importantly, kid-proof. So I did the research and bought a Canon especially made for extreme sports athletes, outdoor enthusiasts and people with kids who like to play with their parents’ cameras.

And then, on the first stop of this summer’s epic road trip, I lost it. Or, to be more precise, one of my kids was playing with my camera and then…it was lost.

I went a month without a camera and then I couldn’t take it anymore. Something too essential was missing from my life. Some kind of expression had become impossible and some kind of voice within me was struggling too hard to be heard.  Some kind of malaise was settling in.

So last night I went online and bought my new waterproof, shock-proof, temperature-proof, kid-proof Canon.  And breathed a sigh of relief.

What do YOU need to breathe so deeply your entire being surrenders and lets go?

Do you even know?

Or are you so used to your own constant state of  deprivation, stress and malaise that you’ve forgotten what it feels like to be deeply satisfied on a soul-level?

Do you know who you are when you’ve attended to your soul’s basic needs? When your generosity to your highest self has nurtured a greater generosity to others?

What do YOU really need? And who would you be if you gave it to yourself?