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.

Quietness and healing
October 5, 2020

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