“Nothing opens the mind and heart to a spiritual experience like solitude. It may not always be easy, and there will undoubtedly be some lonesome, wistful moments, but it is these very moments that allow a spiritual journey to unfold.”
Is One Really the Loneliest Number? Five Bloggers on the Virtues of Solitude
Five bloggers on the virtues of alone time, with photos from our recent “Solitude” challenge.
I Would Rather Sit on a Pumpkin…
Clara Lucille on solitude’s restorative properties: “And yet, for solitude to find its value, it must be broken. Solitude is most effective when it is short.”
There Can Be No Us
The writer and backpacker at The Squeaky Robot on traveling, fleeting connections, and one’s own journey: “Companionship at that very moment was the most overrated thing in the world: it was just me and my backpack, large but light; there could be no secrets between the two of us because it already knew what I carried.”
The Eroticism of Placelessness
Cody Delistraty on the intersections of loneliness, freedom, and romance: “What is missed, however, is the sense of belonging. When we sever ourselves from ‘home’ — that nebulous concept that tends to refer more often to people and memories than to brick and mortar — we find ourselves placeless and free, but also deeply lonely.”
Is Social Rejection the Key to Creativity?
Cody Delistraty on rejection, loneliness, and creative genius: “There is solitude, which can lead to meta-cognition and creative focus. But there is also, as van Gogh experienced off and on throughout his life, crippling loneliness that sets the artist back.”