“I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Sometimes we find ourselves on our own, in the silence of our thoughts. I saw this woman walking on the shore, immersed in her thoughts and wrapped in the shawl. I could imagine the sound of the ocean vibrating through her, what a wonderful feeling, the feeling of the thunder of the waves, to see the rushing of water and the walk on the wet sand, an image of contentment and incredible Joy
After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.
– Mathew 14:23
It was by sheer chance I found this man in the view finder, I wasn’t even looking at him, He was far out at sea, sitting on his boat, perhaps cold, perhaps lonely, perhaps aware of his alone-ness, and the vastness of the sea. Sometimes life is like that, when we step back, and the view widens, we see life from the porch in and it makes you wonder who you really are.
“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.”
― C.S. Lewis
Withdrawing from the rest of the world, Just to talk to God and hear Him talking back to you.
Don’t you sometimes find that when you are in a group of people, you become more aware of yourself, more conscious of your being. Sometimes its like that, sometimes it hurts, and sometimes it makes you smile.
“If you are alone you belong entirely to yourself. If you are accompanied by even one companion you belong only half to yourself or even less in proportion to the thoughtlessness of his conduct and if you have more than one companion you will fall more deeply into the same plight.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
Just my Brother in his converses. Two of my most favourite things in the whole world
“We too are called to withdraw at certain intervals into deeper silence and aloneness with God, together as a community as well as personally; to be alone with Him — not with our books, thoughts, and memories but completely stripped of everything — to dwell lovingly in His presence, silent, empty, expectant, and motionless. We cannot find God in noise or agitation.” – Mother Theresa
It’s ok to be on your own, I find that in this incredibly fast paced life, its important to shut off, withdraw and give your self time and space to comprehend it all. Sometimes the noise of the world will drown out your own, it will push you to an edge of anxiety and worry, that is why solitude makes so much sense. It’s just you, your creator and the unveiling of the universe within you.
Here’s to Solitude