Feb 6, 2019
For much of her life, Lucinda Bakken White immersed herself into the modern mainstream culture and achieved a pinnacle of the American Dream.
To do so, she became a master at pretending in order to fit in. As a single, affluent, well dressed, attractive woman with advanced degrees, she was able to purchase a home, drive a fancy car and climb her way up through the management ranks of corporate America, by the time she was thirty.
Successful by all external measures, her perfect presentation belied how she felt on the inside. Confused and disheartened to realize that these things did not make her happy and joyful (as was promised by the media, culture, her family and friends) she slipped into a debilitating depression that led to thoughts of suicide.
Once she was able to move through this difficult period in her life, she was determined to overcome her fear of not belonging and to slay her deep-seated feelings of loneliness.
In the process, she was surprised to realize the irony in her quest. The truth is, she was lonely and longing for her inner self.
Reconnecting with hidden and lost parts of her essential nature was easier said than done. It took her decades to methodically unearth her original self under the plethora of well-crafted masks she had so successfully created. But, with the help of teachers, mentors, spiritual guides—and most importantly nature—she reclaimed her “authentic wildness” and her full self-expression.
Now, as an author, public speaker, and Inner Wildness Guide, she lives a deeply fulfilling life helping other people realize their authentic wildness.
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