Stillness that heals loneliness

Long-term sheltering in place because of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to dramatic shifts in daily routines, which have caused some to feel lonely, remote, disconnected, and discouraged. But does physical isolation have to lead to loneliness?

As I considered this recently, I was struck by the difference between loneliness and stillness. Many of us have felt lonely at one time or another—a dearth of companionship, a yearning for more personal connection, a fear of being excluded or missing out on something. Stillness, on the other hand, is often characterized as a quiet, peaceful, secure state of mind. And just as it’s possible to feel lonely while surrounded by other people, it’s equally possible to find stillness in the midst of great tumult.

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