Sunday, October 24, 2010

FINDING BALANCE

Today I attempted to conjure the difference between solitude and isolation. I think many people confuse the two.

Solitude, as I perceive it, is the tranquility and peace of a place and time that allows a sense of tolerance, patience and a connection with the beings and things present there. In my experience, one does not have to be alone to experience solitude and the experience can actually be enhanced if two people can actually share the solitude. They connect with each other. I suppose it is even possible tor groups to share solitude.

Isolation, as I perceive it, is the best one word definition of loneliness. Solitude becomes this when the connection is lost. Isolation too, can be enhanced by the presence of another and the chasm grows.

I am only lonely, intensely lonely, when I lose connection. When I lose connection to the place I am and to the objects and beings around me. To the wind and the sun and the stars and the night. To the creatures and people making their way though their journey and to myself.

For me, solitude is the antidote to loneliness and I crave it.


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11 comments:

  1. Learning too, the joys of solitude. Hehehe.

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  2. Solitude can be positive or negative; voluntary or not.

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  3. sometimes, i find solitude in isolation. i guess we all have different conceptions of these two beautiful words. :)

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  4. Perhaps isolation is a more general term, coz it can bring either solitude or despair. Stil, you're correct when u say that one does not necessarily have to be alone in order to experience solitude.

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  5. The key to solitude is within us. Introspect. Connect with your inner self. You can find it :)

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  6. we all want solitude but it's difficult to achieve. you have to have at least contentment.

    hay. :(

    hope all is well ahmer

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  7. i find peace in solitude... Pero minsan may hinahanap pa rin ako na kulang...

    bawal na mag emo! Dec na :)

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  8. Hmmm, you seem like a happy person, why do you keep dwelling on sad topics?

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  9. pati ako naconfuse. am thinking sometimes kapag lonely ako. gusto ko i-isolate sarili ko.

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  10. ooh i see... oki lang yan.... just always think positive :D

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