"The One you are looking for is the One who is looking" So wrote St Francis of Assisi. I find this reassuring during those periods when I feel that I am not sure where I am going, or what the point is. Those times when you feel that you have lost your way a little bit, or when you don't like yourself very much; when you start being hard on yourself or when you feel like giving up; when you have lost your clarity or you just feel low on energy. Whatever your particular way of getting lost is.
What I think he means is that what you are looking for is already there; the peace of mind that you seek is within you. It is not so much a finding of it, but a letting go of all the stuff that lies between you and it.
Here's how Rumi put it: "This longing you express is the return message." In other words, your longing, your seeking for truth, your understanding that there is something else, is your answer; it is your calling. Erich Schiffman writes: "The solution to anything is to slide into a feeling of peace instead of thrashing around to find the answer ... When you experience your essence, you will feel this natural lovingness within yourself without having to do anything"
When we take these teachings (from those much wiser than us) to heart, what we realise is this: that we don't have to keep running so fast - either towards the things that we hope will prove our worth (to ourselves; to others) or away from the truth of who we really are and what we really need and want from this life. Most of all, we don't need to waste energy on being who we are not; we should only work to reveal the beautiful truth of who we already are. It takes courage to trust that you are already enough. It takes faith to believe the path is rising to meet you. Are you brave enough to let the world know exactly who you are and to trust that that which you are seeking is seeking you right back?