Solitude is... (excerpts from Bread for the Journey by Henri J.M. Nouwen)
Solitude is the garden for our hearts...
Solitude is the place where our aloneness can bear fruit...
Solitude is essential for our spiritual lives...
since we are so insecure and fearful that we are easily distracted by
whatever promises immediate satisfaction.
Solitude is not immediately satisfiying because in solitude we meet
our feelings of lust and anger,
and our immense need for recognition and approval.
But if we do not run away, we will meet there also the One who says:
Do not be afraid.
I am with you,
And I will guide you through the valley of darkness.