I saw this video on one of my favorite blogs; "Down Abbie's Road" and thought it perfect for a Sunday meditation. I'm not talking about a sermon-type of meditation or one where you sit for hours trying to empty your mind; which by the way I'm horrible at, since I have major ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). In other words, I have a lot of company going on in my brain all the time. But when I see something visual, like this video, I can actually pause the committee and take it all in. It's about being "alone", which has different associations for all of us. I was a lonely child but never alone if that makes sense. I didn't know what solitude was, I just knew isolation.
It wasn't until after my marriage which dissolved in my twenties that I learned how to love solitude. I struggled with loneliness and still do. It's that old existential belief, we're born alone and we'll die alone. That thought used to terrify me. I also didn't have a spiritual practice when I was first alone. For me at least, I feel closest with spirit when I'm alone. When I'm depressed, I'm forced to ask for help from a non-human source as they can only help anyone so far. I have to go inwards to find the place of peaceful solitude so I can see a glimpse of the light. I love this post about being alone from one of my favorite bloggers who struggles with the dance of loneliness and connection. It's a really authentic, soulful and poignant post which I hope you all check out.
I've blogged about my spiritual struggles and being "alone", but today, I'm actually happy in being alone. Solitude has become part of my well-being. My son is a total extrovert who can't stand being alone for a long period of time and doesn't understand his mother "the hermit" and that's fine. Extroverts are the balance for introverts. So enough with my babble about being alone and I hope you get something out of this video like I have. I'd love to know your thoughts and feelings about this video and what being alone means to you? Do you hate it? Love it? Or perhaps both?
I wish all of you a Sunday of peace and bliss whether you're alone or not.