Monday, October 19

Tag: solitude

The Gift of Solitude

The Gift of Solitude

Creativity, inspiration, solitude, Spirituality
I used to believe that being alone was the equivalent of being lonely. There was no way that loneliness could be a good thing, so if I spent more free time alone than in the company of people I cared about, I felt lonely. I didn't like feeling lonely, so that led to my feeling depressed and angry. Then I learned something important and surprising. Being alone doesn't have to be the same thing as being lonely. Being isolated doesn't have to be the same thing as choosing time alone. Even when I can't get out of the house, I can choose to view my time alone as a gift. I'm an introvert, so you wouldn't expect this to be the revelation it was. I never realized that solitude would give me the chance to go more deeply within myself and learn things that I couldn't when I was fighting my cir...
Rites of passage, ritual of return, sabbath, Sabbatical, Sacred Writing, solitide, solitude, spiritual practice, Waiting, way of life, Wholeness, Wilderness
"Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god."--Aristotle "I'm not anti-social; I'm pro-solitude."--Beth Buelow "We live, in fact,  in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship."--C. S. Lewis "One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude."--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I've been spending a lot of time alone lately. Even though I'm really high on the introvert scale, I've always equated excessive time alone with loneliness. It's only been recently that I've understood that being alone is vital to my well-being. I didn't realize that inspiration is easier to allow in solitude. I didn't realize that I can hear myself think more clearly when I sit alone and quietly. ...


Poetry, Post-a-Day
headphones plug the ears plastic, uncreated, knots filling the senses commercials of noise popular melodies play heard only by you you have lost the truth plugging your mind with blockades keeping all away a created myth your solitude is shallow holding only one truth in solitude can be found when together you, me, and the source separate is yours solitude is mine to share even when alone Daily Haiku #15 Word Challenge:  Solitude The Haiku Challenge P.S.  To everybody who visits and comments:  I really appreciate it deeply!  I am working on getting back to all the visitors who have left comments but I'm a little behind due to dear daughter's illness (strep).  I am looking forward to honoring your work!