solitude: difficult & contrary

The parting words today (1/4/09) on NPR All Things Considered were, “The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. No big laboratory is needed in which to think. Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born.”  (Nikola Tesla)

Solitude is difficult to find and seems contrary to the norms of society today.   With today’s technology we are almost always connected to someone or something.  Being connected isn’t ‘bad’ … especially when that connectivity is also creating a sense of belonging and community.  

And yet, finding a way to carve out some alone time, solitude, is also important.  To be alone with our own thoughts allows us time to get to know ourselves.  To be alone also allows us to hear God-thoughts  – to experience the divine.  We gain perspective, restoration, and peace from quiet solitude.

For God alone my soul waits in silence;  from him comes my salvation.  He only is my rock and my salvation,    my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.  Psalm 62:1-2

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