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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Solitude...

“Solitude is the furnace of transformation.
Without solitude
we remain victims of our society
and continue to be
entangled in the illusions
of the false self…”

Henri Nouwen




“The great omission in American life is solitude;
not loneliness,
for there is an alienation
that thrives most in the midst of crowds,
but [it is] that zone of time and space,
free from outside pressures,
which is the incubator
of the spirit.”

Marya Mannes




“Awareness of the Divine Essence as our
innermost true Self requires silence…
It is turning toward what lies hidden within -
to the internal - the all-embracing totality
of Divine Being.
It is the way of meditation,
the way if inner silence before Spirit.

Remaining quiet before Spirit is a prayer of silence,
through which we listen to that which secretly speaks
to us in the inner room of the heart.

What is hidden deep in our innermost being
lies in silence and stillness,
and in the silence of the deep
springs the eternal, inexhaustible, orginal
source of all being.

Where words fall silent,
the everlasting begins…

Wolfgang Kopp
From: Free Yourself of Everything


“Spiritual joys come only from solitude.
A little while in your room
will prove more valuable than anything else
that could ever be given…”

“To be one with the truth for just a moment
is worth more than the world and life itself…”

Rumi

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PLEASE NOTE:
  I am not suggesting that we all live a cloistered life of solitude and silence!J 
I don’t think I could even do that! 
 But it is about being with our deeper inner Self/Being,
 listening and hearing the deeper Voice of Silence
 and responding to the inner movement of That.
  We can be in solitude while cleaning or creating.
  And sometimes that Voice speaks to us through the voice of
others, as these quotes here did for me,
 and as so many of you do through your blog posts. J 
 I merely wish to point out that
 part of the angst and entropy we are experiencing in the world
 is due to a lack of spending time in solitude and silence,
 becoming aware of and getting to know our deeper,
 mostly unknown, Divine Self/Spirit/Beingness…



9 comments:

  1. Thank you, this 'resonates'. x

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    1. :) Thank you Sue, feeling the vibration :)

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  2. My life has been so hectic of late, so these words and images are a much needed respite. Thank you!

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  3. Thank you for this . . . pause . . . and deep breath (in your photos and words).

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    1. Thanks Chris, I know :) I read your post about wrestling with Google+ :) lol Sounds like you were a cat fighting its way out of a bag! lol

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    2. Oh, my. . . That was me, exactly!

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  4. Fantastic words and yes solitude brings us to our inner self -- barbara

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