The Voice of Solitude

The Voice of Solitude

“Solitude is such a potential thing. We hear voices in solitude, we never hear in the hurry and turmoil of life; we receive counsels and comforts, we get under no other condition . . .”

Amelia Barr

So many people can’t be alone, to just be with the solitude. They need to constantly be with another or, some delude themselves by constantly keeping themselves busy, coping. Afraid of the inner voice? Solitude is a time of personal reflection, a key component for personal and spiritual growth. How can we know who we are if we can’t sit with our self in silence?

“When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death – ourselves.”

Eda LeShan

By solitude, I do not necessarily mean silent contemplation or meditation, but being comfortable to be by yourself, away from outside influences. Comfortable enough to relax and enjoy Self. Value the time alone to explore true feelings, who you are and who you are becoming, your strengths and weaknesses. Learn to love yourself.

Journaling is a good activity for times of solitude. It doesn’t need to be anything formal, just write. Write whatever comes to mind. Let the thoughts flow. Record your dreams. Listen to your inner voice, it will provide guidance that no one else can, it knows you. It is YOU.

Make your own decisions, live your life. Become true to your Self. Enjoy the time, take care of yourself. Cook nice meals, tend the garden, take a walk, read, nap, lounge in the bath, or even create a blog. Find your passion. Create. Explore your possibilities.

Choose to enjoy the glory of being alone…

Language… 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.

Paul Johannes Tillich, ‘The Eternal Now’
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