still saturday: solitude
“But the inability to understand what creativeness there is in solitude, that it is somehow linked to the ‘madness of silence,’ is to deny the human spirit its vital recharge for facing the rigors of everyday life.
“Solitude is choosing to be alone . . .
“Solitude is to let the mind and emotions drain away, free from the demands of others. It is to commune with self, with the simplicities and beauty of nature. It is to let the mind wander, flitting here and there aimlessly, never locked into any great struggle to make closure . . . It is a time when the restless torments of a thousand emotional circuits are quieted, when there comes that ‘sweet peace’ that man must have to survive the jungle of his own making.”
~James Johnson in Loneliness Is Not Forever
And isn’t true that when we take that time apart, when we seek solitude, when we come apart from the demands of life (before we come apart at the seams), when we let it all drain away, that’s when we are best able to digest our life and discover our dreams?
Welcome to Still Saturday where we pause after a busy week, move in quiet pilgrimage, maybe linger a while in some still place, and soak in the beauty of images and words. We’d love for you to join us. Get the details on the left, grab your favorite button, and link up below. We all love to hear if something especially speaks to your heart, but please don’t feel pressured to comment. Simply take some time to gaze long and drink deep.
Also linking with Cheryl today.