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the Journey:

Solitude 2

In order to get to know oneself,
a person needs to be alone with
his or her thoughts now and then.

Richard Triumpho


To love solitude and to seek it does not mean constantly traveling from one geographical possibility to another.  A person becomes a solitary at the moment when, no matter what may be one's external surroundings, one is suddenly aware of one's own inalienable solitude and sees that he or she will never be anything but solitary.  From that moment, solitude is not potential--it is actual.     -Thomas Merton

It is only in solitude that men and women can come to know the happiness that is like the delight of children in nothing at all.     -John Cowper Powys
We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private:  and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.      -C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
Retreating into oneself to find purpose can be like straddling a boat leaving the dock; pulled in opposite directions by the intense desire of the mind for human involvement and the equally intense need of the soul for its own company.  In the sheer immensity of solitude, when one can no longer draw energy from external sources, we come to see how much of what we habitually call meaningful purpose is merely the evasion of sitting still and meeting what is most difficult for us to receive with compassion--our own pain.     -Dawna Markova, I Will Not Die an Unlived Life
I love being by myself.  And as I grow older, I love that more than anything else.  There are so many things to think about and work out.     -Gwendolyn Brooks

Being alone gives us the space to listen again to our inner rhythms, to embrace our inner selves.     -Patricia Hoolihan
Grant me the ability to be alone; may it be my way every day to go outdoors among the trees and grasses, among all growing things, and there may I be alone, to talk with the one that I belong to.       -Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav
Being solitary is being alone well; being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your own presence rather than the absence of others.        -Alice Koller
It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers and sisters. The more solitary I am the more affection I have for them. . . . Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers and sisters for what they are, not for what they say.       -Thomas Merton
If only you were willing to continue on your journey towards your Self.  Eventually you would reach close enough to the center of your Being so that the feeling of loneliness disappears and is replaced by a sense of aloneness, which is incredibly full and enriching.  When you are on the way to alone but you are not yet there, you will feel lonely.  If you keep going, you will reach to alone and then loneliness disappears.       -Leonard Jacobson
To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul.  To do this, you need to experience solitude, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions.       -Deepak Chopra
Solitude is not to be found in forests only.  It can be had even in towns and the thick of worldly population.
-Ramana Maharshi

It would do the world good if every person in it would compel themselves occasionally to be absolutely alone.  Most of the world's progress has come out of such loneliness.       -Bruce Barton
Settle yourself in solitude, and you will come upon God in yourself.       -Teresa de Avila
Solitude is not out to deceive anyone; it does not pretend or embellish; it has nothing to hide and invents nothing.  It is completely naked and without adornment; it knows nothing of shows or the applause which poisons the mind.  It has God as sole witness of its life and actions.       -Petrarch
Not everyone knows how to be alone with others, how to share solitude.  We have to help each other to understand how to be in our solitude, so that we can relate to each other without grabbing on to each other.  We can be interdependent but not dependent.  Loneliness is rejected dependency.  Solitude is shared interdependency.
-David Spangler
I find there is a quality to being alone that is incredibly precious.  Life rushes back into the void, richer, more vivid, fuller than before.  It is as if in parting one did actually lose an arm.  And then, like the starfish, one grows it anew; one is whole again, complete and round--more whole, even, than before, when other people had pieces of one.       -Anne Morrow Lindbergh


For solitude is an attitude, an attitude of gratitude.  It is a state of mind, a state of heart, a whole universe unto itself.  The early contemplatives in all traditions knew this secret of happiness.       -Francine Schiff
The choice of solitude is not so much a rejection of community as a recognition that certain experiences and truths are so alien to ordinary consciousness that the individual must withdraw in order to experience them.       -Carol P. Christ
The awareness we experience in solitude is priceless for the peace it can give.  It is also the key to true loving in our relationships.  When we have a part of ourselves that is firm, confident, and alone, we donít need another person to fill us.  We know that we have private spaces full of goodness and self-worth, and we grant the same to those we love.  We do not try to pry into every corner of their lives or to fill the emptiness inside us with their presence.
   As always, look at the world around you.  The mountain is not restless in its aloneness.  The hawk tracing circles in the sky is not longing for union with the sun.  They exist in the perfect peace of an eternal present, and that is the peace that one finds only in solitude.  Find this peace in yourself, and you will never know another moment of loneliness in your life.       -Kent Nerburn
I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time.  To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating.  I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.  I am for the most part more lonely when I go abroad among people than when I stay in my chambers.        -Henry David Thoreau
Solitude is the nurse of enthusiasm, and enthusiasm is the parent of genius.       -Isaac D'Israeli

Solitude is a discipline, essential for those who would acquaint themselves with God and be at peace.     -E. Herman
Solitude can become your most meaningful companion and it can assist you in being a more giving person in your spiritual partnerships.  Rather than regarding your partner's need for time alone as a threat, see it as a time of renewal that you celebrate.  Make every effort to help each other have that space.  Treat that space as sacred.
-Wayne Dyer
The insight we gain from solitude has very little to do with the amount of time we spend alone.  It has a lot more to do with the quality of time we spend with ourselves.       -Jan Johnson Drantell
Without solitude, love will not stay long by your side.
Because love needs to rest, so that it can journey through the heavens and reveal itself in other forms.
Without solitude, no plant or animal can survive, no soil can remain productive, no child can learn about life, no artist can create, no work can grow and be transformed.
Solitude is not the absence of Love, but its complement.
Solitude is not the absence of company, but the moment when our soul is free to speak to us and help us decide what to do with our life.
Therefore, blessed are those who do not fear solitude, who are not afraid of their own company, who are not always desperately looking for something to do, something to amuse themselves with, something to judge.
If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself.

Paulo Coehlo
Manuscript Found in Accra

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