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Solitude

At the Point yesterday.
At the Point yesterday.

Solitude is an ocean with wonderful places hidden in its depths.

~Isaac of Nineveh

Another sunset on another day.
Another sunset on another day.

This week’s The Daily Post asks us to show what alone or solitude means to us.  Most of my daily walks are taken alone (or in solitude) so I am quite familiar with being alone (or in solitude).

A gull contemplates solitude.
A gull contemplates solitude.

Even when I’m alone on my walks, I am never truly alone.  Companions are everywhere, both without and within.  The trees, the birds, the marsh grasses, the sun, the moon, the spirit of the land, and that feeling of Oneness that often accompanies being out in the beauty of nature, are all available.  It has taken me a while to learn that lesson so that I can savor and enjoy my aloneness rather than think of it as loneliness.

Alone on the open road.
Alone on the open road.

When we run away from our aloneness we feel “lonely”. We lose touch with the vastness of life, and we identify as “the one who is alone”, a vast limitation of who we are. We become “the separate one”, and we feel disconnected, isolated, shut-off, and then seek connection in all kinds of ways, through food, money, alcohol, sex, even spirituality…

Right at the heart of your loneliness is a great secret – that you are one with life itself, alone and all-one with everything, in the presence of a very dear and familiar friend…

~Jeff Foster

Me and my shadow, alone on the water.
Me and my winter shadow, alone on the water.

There is a lantern in the soul, which makes your solitude luminous.  Solitude need not remain lonely.  It can awaken to its luminous warmth.  The soul redeems and transfigures everything because the soul is divine space.  When you inhabit your solitude fully and experience its outer extremes of isolation and abandonment, you will find that at its heart there is neither loneliness nor emptiness but intimacy and shelter.  In your solitude you are frequently nearer to the heart of belonging and kinship than you are in your social life or public world.

~ John O’Donohue, Anam Cara

A solitary reflection.
A solitary reflection.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  116)  Getting caught in an unexpected rain shower this morning.  The weather oracles swore it would be dry today which is why it was unexpected.  117)  The way reflections dance on the water.  118)  The Little Doe’s morning visit.  119)  My granddaughters’ voices on the telephone.  120)  The joy I feel when my phone chimes in the early morning as Youngest Son sends me an almost-daily photo of Little Wookie (my grandson).  My response is a little Pavlovian, but hey, it’s joy.  And sweet baby cuteness.

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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

6 thoughts on “Solitude

  1. Thinking back, I believe it was at the point when I realised how much company I had when I spent time ‘alone’ in the garden that I really started to love gardening. A beautiful, peaceful post, Robin. xx

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  2. A balance of solitude and company is desirable, but it seems life often runs one way or the other. Given the choice, I’d prefer company with the excuse to take off by myself for alone time. Loneliness comes from too much solitude, and isn’t as easy to rectify!

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