Solitude is frequently described as a state of discomfort and without meaning…however for those who can feel a deep relatedness to life,solitude is often a preferred way of spending time.

We are socially conditioned to identify with a separate self or image which creates a need to belong to our social environment,and identify with their imposed belief systems…just as our separate self is an illusion,the need for belonging and also identification with the acceptable social beliefs only compromises our integrity.

For those who realize they are irreversibly related to life,the social beliefs and the fiction of separateness are no longer taken seriously and the pleasures and spiritual awareness of solitude becomes very precious.

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,

I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. ~Henry David Thoreau,

Inside myself is a place where I live all alone, and that’s where I renew my springs that never dry up. ~Pearl Buck

I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls. ~Henry David Thoreau

The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude. ~Voltaire

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. ~Henry David Thoreau

Loneliness can be conquered only by those who can bear solitude. ~Paul Tillich

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. ~Albert Einstein

Related Pages
H. D. Thoreau
Collapse of Ego
Doing Nothing

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