I have posted quite a few "things" about solitude, and wrote about what it is and why we need it. It was even in a poem. Here are Parker Palmer's definitions of Solitude and Community which are truly compelling. And I so agree. They are states of being, not doing. What do you think? Solitude does not necessarily mean … Continue reading Solitude – Community
I often do things alone. I tell everyone who asked ‘why’ that I love my own company, and I do. I enjoy the freedom of ‘not minding’ and ‘not caring’ of another. I enjoy the opportunity for introspection and contemplation, as if I don’t do it enough. Why? These statements are simple enough, yet behind … Continue reading The Plight of Solitude
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Silver Threading's Writer's Quote Wednesday Guided by Silver Threading's quote about the self of a writer, this one by Rainer Maria Rilke (an Austrian poet and novelist) caught my eye... and my heart and soul. Solitude, something which I need and long for. Without it, I suffocate. I need my escape to a world of … Continue reading Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Solitude
To be open to creativity, one needs the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone. Rollo May Let’s face it, to be alone triggers undesired thoughts to surface then, there is nowhere to hide, little to distract us from our doubts. There are days when keeping busy is … Continue reading Alone and being
I love lighthouses… what a realisation! I cannot recall a time when I had missed an opportunity to explore one… and this time, I am dragging my children along. Approaching the lighthouse, the inescapable sense of ‘big’…perhaps the vast blue sky and roaring ocean in the background add to the sense of magnificence. Irrespective of … Continue reading Lighthouse and other musings
“Women need solitude in order to find again the true essence of themselves.” ― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea © 2014 Photography by FlorenceT
A good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. I think this is especially true for the creative souls, to have the space, the solitude, the freedom to develop and grow their craft. … Continue reading Marriage, solitude and distance