“Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.” — Rumi

Solitude is frequently described as a state of loneliness without meaning…however those who are deeply aware of their intuitive feelings tend to experience being alone with a sense of relatedness and harmony both within and outwardly…solitude then becomes an enjoyable activity…but those who identify with their socially conditioned self with its rational thinking tend to separate everything both within and outwardly….they will likely experience being alone with a feeling of separateness and loneliness…our social conditioning encourages a continuous involvement with others… While our intuitive feelings point in a direction that is uniquely appropriate for each person…and when in solitude we can intuitively flow spontaneously with its feelings and energies.

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,

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

4 Responses

  1. Pam,

    Your tuning skis are a true experience of oneness with skis in solitude….it is the same process as creative writing but deals with personal and painful feelings….if you wrote about ski tuning you would see the difference….it would be important to heal your painful feelings before you are able to write about them objectively.


  2. Hi Sid,
    I find Mister Thoreau’s quotes brilliant, I feel complicity and humor at the same time.
    Nevertheless, I don’t see this moments as ‘meaningless’, in this solitude I find myself digging for deep feelings and emotions in order to inspire myself to write.
    It is in this moments of almost insanity where I drop all the pretensions, were I feel most vulnerable, open, like a child in front of a candy store.
    Blessed Be.

  3. Hi Rebecca,

    Only in solitude can you deeply commune with the right brain and find its unconditional love beyond what can be expected in any social relationship…it is the best friend you’ll ever find.


  4. Sid, I love this one. Solitude is where I am completely free to experience whatever breathtaking beauty life places before me in the moment I am in. Simple time alone without pressures is my strength and my sanity. If I have any love or wisdom to give, it is birthed and nurtured in time alone. Because most of my culture views solitude negatively, it is so comforting to hear the wise voices you quoted. Thanks for revealing yourself as a kindred spirit in this regard.

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