Monday, February 06, 2012

Quiet solitude allows clarity and creativity

One. Alone. Lonely. Loneliness.  — Sole. Solo. Solitary. Solitude.
Today's post "How to enjoy being alone" quotes Thomas Moore about our general busyness: "'We live in an extremely externalized culture,' Moore says. 'We are constantly pulled outside ourselves — by other people, by the media, by the demands of daily life. Nothing in our culture or in our education teaches us how to go inward, how to steady the mind and calm our attention. As a consequence, we tend to devote very little time to the life of the soul, the life of the spirit.'"

In this post Alexandra Bacon offers things to do to feel comfortable by yourself, "tips for embracing solitude." She suggests, "Alone — in moments of prayer or meditation, or simply in stillness — we breathe more deeply, see more fully, hear more keenly. We notice more, and in the process, we return to what is sacred."