“Solitude is necessary for your emotional health, whether you are living alone or with another. Solitude gives you the time and space to integrate your experience. And all growth depends on integration.
Having lots of experiences means nothing if you do not take the time to learn from them and make that learning part of the operating code for your life. Jumping from activity to activity or relationship to relationship wreaks havoc on the emotional core of the person. With such disturbances in the emotional body, equanimity and bliss are impossible and life becomes empty of spirit.
Without solitude, spiritual nourishment will be lacking. If you want a single cause for the amount of distress in the world, it is the fact that people do not take time to commune with self, nature and the divine. A spiritual life – a life free of needless tension and self-created suffering – requires such communion.”
Paul Ferrini, in “The Silence of the Heart”
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