Weekly Photo Challenge: SOLITUDE
“It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it.” Rainer Maria Rilke
Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone. Paul Tillich
We live in a very tense society. We are pulled apart… and we all need to learn how to pull ourselves together… I think that at least part of the answer lies in solitude. Helen Hayes
But in the end, in the end one is alone. We are all of us alone. I mean I’m told these days we have to consider ourselves as being in society… but in the end one knows one is alone, that one lives at the heart of a solitude. Harold Bloom
Do you spend any time in solitude? Do you have alone time? I believe it is very important to make time for solitary contemplation. Why? Because it can be incredibly healing and helpful to maintaining our sanity and developing clarity. I enjoy the quiet that comes from being able to spend time by myself, alone in a quiet space, cut off from the noise and demands of the world, and being able to contemplate things that matter to me. I think it is healthy for our soul to find time to be with ourselves and spend some of it reflecting on our day, our space and our work.
Meditation also offers a focused way to tune within and be with our quiet spaces. I find that it refreshes me and prepares me to face the world and do battle with it from a centered place. For some reason, some folks confuse peace with vapidity… Being a person of peace doesn’t automatically make you a doormat or a weak person who grins from ear to ear. On the contrary, when we are centered in our quiet space, we can see the BS for what it is and are able to deal with it handily.
In The Depths Of Solitude – Poem by Tupac Shakur
i exist in the depths of solitude
pondering my true goal
trying 2 find peace of mind
and still preserve my soul
constantly yearning 2 be accepted
and from all receive respect
never comprising but sometimes risky
and that is my only regret
a young heart with an old soul
how can there be peace
how can i be in the depths of solitude
when there r 2 inside of me
this duo within me causes
the perfect opportunity
2 learn and live twice as fast
as those who accept simplicity
Tupac Shakur via PoemHunter
“There’s a difference between solitude and loneliness. I can understand the concept of being a monk for a while.” Tom Hanks
Solitude is the place of purification. Martin Buber
One can acquire everything in solitude except character. Stendhal
Solitude, isolation, are painful things and beyond human endurance. Jules Verne
Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your won presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement. Alice Koller
When do you find yourself in solitude? Do you enjoy it? If solitude is the state of being alone, then we have all been there. Some of us make a deliberate effort to spend quiet time or to go away to a retreat for some solitude. There are others, and I know a few, who can’t bear to be alone for one minute. I think it is healthier to make time for peace and quiet in your space, and to be able to shut out the noise for a while; it gives us all time to regroup. If you are fearful to spend any time with yourself, you need to reflect on what is behind the fear. Seeking professional help won’t be a bad idea either… For now, chin up, pull up a chair, turn off your devices and listen to your heartbeat…. how was your day? What needs to change? Find time to be alone. It’s worth the effort.
Solitude BY ELLA WHEELER WILCOX
Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.
Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all,—
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life’s gall.
Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a large and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain. via PoetryFoundation
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Weekly Photo Challenge Post: – SOLITUDE – This week, show us what being alone means to you. If you’re finding yourself surrounded by too many people, or too many sensations, or too many obligations, take a quiet moment for yourself. Seek solitude, and reset. Or, perhaps you find yourself isolated too often, and solitude evokes negative emotions that photography can help you work through. I look forward to seeing your interpretations of this challenge!
Have a relaxing weekend!
Positive Motivation Tip: Make time for solitary contemplation, it is both healing and helpful for our clarity.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All other Photos from my personal collection.