Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Art of Aloneness

In a book I am currently reading it mentions that “Long ago the word alone was treated as two words, all one. To be all one meant to be wholly one, to be in oneness either essentially or temporarily” (Women Who Run with the Wolves 293).

I think many people are fearful of being alone; the idea conjures up the negativity that is involved in aloneness, but being alone is not the same as being lonely. It is a positive place for solitude and for finding yourself again. Often times we become distracted, we forget who we are because we spend time outside ourselves either literally with other people or figuratively by turning on the t.v. or updating our facebook statuses etc.

The idea of being all one instead of "alone" makes me feel giddy inside; it makes me realize why I enjoy going for runs because in those moments I am getting back to myself, I am channeling my inner need for understanding and creativity. Being alone, especially in a city, has almost turned into a treat, but it needs to turn into a regularly scheduled event—it’s just as important as eating—in a way it’s feeding your soul. What can be more important then to be all one within yourself and the world?

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