The Zen of Solitude
h4strongSolitude: Intimate Sense of Connection with all others/strong/h4
It is fact, that in order to become whole and happy, human beings need a measure of solitude – which is very different from loneliness. Solitude is when we are on our own – but feel deeply connected to all around us.
Once you clearly understand the most important way out of loneliness is to become much more self reliant, and begin to value your moments of solitude, you can begin to stop covering up loneliness with TV, drugs, alcohol, or other means of deadening your feelings of loneliness.
At first, it certainly sounds strange, but once we reach the point where we begin to value solitude (Solitude is the birthplace of your creativity), we then begin to feel a strong sense of connection, even when we are alone. When we reach that level of understanding, we actually become less needy; we are then positioned to create healthy, respectful friendships, with powerfully positive energy.
em- There’s a difference between solitude and loneliness./em~ strongMaggie Smith/strong
em- As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, or weakness will not be weakness./em~ strongHenry David Thoreau/strong
em- Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius./em~ strongEdward Gibbon/strong
em- Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends, rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances./em~ strongWilliam Powell/strong
emOne can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude./em~ strongJohann Wolfgang von Goethe/strongem
emOne of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude./em~ strongCarl Sandburg/strongem
emOnly in solitude do we find ourselves; and in finding ourselves, we find in ourselves all our brothers in solitude./em~ strongMiguel de Unamuno/strongem
emOur language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone./em~ strongPaul Tillich/strongem
emPeople who abhor solitude may abhor company almost as much./em~ strongMason Cooley/strong
emSolitude is independence./em~ strongHermann Hesse/strong
emSolitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature./em~ strongAlbert Einstein/strong
emWhosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god./em~ strongAristotle/strong