Tag Archives: Solitude

To listen for the silken sound

With all the languages people were speaking when the Holy Spirit came to the church on the day of Pentecost – Luke lists fifteen (Acts 2:1-11), and there were probably more – I wonder what language God spoke. Was it one of those Luke mentions? Was it all of them? Was it none of them? […]

Important work like sittin’ around fishin’

“Important work like sittin’ around fishin’ remains to be done.” In making this quaint observation, Pogo was not the first to recognize the importance of being alone and idle. The value of solitude has been affirmed throughout history. Early in the nineteenth century, Emerson wrote, “In the morning, — solitude;” said Pythagoras; that Nature may […]

Retreat

“Wherever I am, the world comes after me. It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it. Now I understand why the old poets of China went so far and high into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.” ―Mary Oliver

Inhabiting myself

“Unless we completely inhabit ourselves, it’s not possible to be completely present.” So wrote Gina Sharpe, founder of the New York Insight Meditation Center. Today I’m going to concentrate on inhabiting myself completely. Most of the time (especially during the past winter, it seems), I’ve inhabited innumerable places other than myself: the countless tasks of work; […]