Inhabiting Aloneness

I love this! John O’Donohue is one of my favorite writers. He died young, but his voice remains. I sense that this process of inhabiting aloneness is one of the key transformations a good portion of humanity has undergone in the past two years.

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My friend emailed me this beautiful excerpt from the book, Eternal Echoes, written by John O’Donohue. It really captures the essence of why I’ve fared so well during these seemingly endless months of involuntary isolation.

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“Each one of us is alone in the world. It takes great courage to meet the full force of your aloneness. Most of the activity in society is subconsciously designed to quell the voice crying in the wilderness within you. The mystic Thomas a Kempis said that when you go out into the world, you return having lost some of yourself. Until you learn to inhabit your aloneness, the lonely distraction and noise of society will seduce you into false belonging, with which you will only become empty and weary. When you face your aloneness, something begins to happen. Gradually, the sense of bleakness changes into a…

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7 responses to this post.

  1. The title alone fits me to a “T” 🤭 I know this journey so well it could be a book itself. It’s so huge and rich to inhabit aloneness and never feel alone. It changes everything.

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  2. Posted by seattle72 on January 8, 2022 at 3:59 pm


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  3. Ah, sitting quietly and contemplating the anxiety that arises from doing nothing. I can relate!

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  4. Posted by Jess on January 9, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    I shared this as a post this past week. 💚😊

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