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“It is easier to sail many thousands of miles through cold and storm and cannibals…than it is to explore the private sea, the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans of one’s being alone.”
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Henry David Thoreau wrote these words during his 2 year and 2 months of solitude living an isolated cabin in Walden, Massachusetts.
I reckon* our last 2 months enables us to more deeply appreciate what HDT means by this.
Back when things were “normal,” one of the chief complaints I heard was being life being “too busy.”
Now, it’s not stimulating enough.
It seems that no matter the conditions…
…we’re always somewhat discontent.
I know this feeling quite well.
Although not as well as I used to.
These last 5 years I’ve cultivated a deep practice of solitude:
The art of finding peace, contentment and joy through being with one’s self.
These last 8 weeks have brought deep pain to my heart for those who have lost tremendously.
This time has also brought me a welcome opportunity to get to know myself better at the deepest of levels.
For the first time in my life, I can tell you…
…I am deeply proud of who I see.
And just as importantly…
…I finally enjoy hanging out with just me.
I want that for you too.
Doing the inner work…will make that inevitable.
Let’s walk that path together.
*shout out to my Aussie readers