Solitude suggests the absence of distraction, an awareness of simple things otherwise lost in the usual hubbub of the ordinary. We can make time to stop and listen. The quieter we become, the more we can hear. In solitude, we pay closer attention to our inner landscape, our own soul, our own heart. Here, we listen to things that matter most to us. Solitude is thus an invitation to presence, appreciating the now of our lives.

There is a difference between solitude and loneliness. Loneliness is the inability to communicate the things that are important to us. In loneliness, we believe our views, experiences, and feelings are ours to shoulder alone, deemed inadmissible by others. Within this context, we feel isolated and silenced… even more lonely.

Solitude, by way of contrast, is experienced when we are at home on our own; comfortable with, and interested in, our thoughts and feelings; at peace with our singularity; and—when inspired—able to share these personal aspects of Self with others.

Solitude allows a conversation with the deeper parts of ourselves. It invites a sense of connection to the cosmos, creates a place of silence and communion with nature, provides a feeling of being at-one, overriding the usual boundaries that might obtain between Self and Other.

Please join us,
Kristy & Debbie
Living Story Project 🌱

Artwork courtesy of Jeanie Tomanek; https://www.jeanietomanek.com/

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