We Crave Solitude

Posted by Ronald Rolheiser, OMI on Jan 4, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Photo by Daniel Hansen on UnsplashAs our lives grow more pressured, as we grow more tired, and as we begin to talk more about burnout, we fantasize about solitude. We imagine it as a peaceful, quiet place, where we are walking by a lake, watching a sunset, or smoking a pipe in a rocker by the fireplace. But even here, many times we make solitude yet another activity, something we do. Solitude, however, is a form of awareness. It’s a way of being present and perceptive within all of life. It’s having a dimension of reflectiveness in our daily lives that brings with it a sense of gratitude, appreciation, peacefulness, enjoyment, and prayer. It’s the sense, within ordinary life, that life is precious, sacred, and enough.

 —from Prayer: Our Deepest Longing

Prayer: Our Deepest Longing by Ronald Rolheiser

 

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