solitude.

November 3, 2014 § 2 Comments

 

“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.” -Aldous Huxley

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Red Canyon

Red Canyon

http://www.ontfin.com/Word/tag/utah/page/2/

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From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness to someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.” – Betty Smith

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Red Canyon Dixie NF

Red Canyon Dixie NF

http://www.wildnatureimages.com/Dixie%20National%20Forest.htm

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“Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self.” – May Sarton

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Dixie National Forest, Utah

Dixie National Forest, Utah

http://archive.onearth.org/blog/americans-rejected-%E2%80%98drill-baby-drill%E2%80%99-bush-should-respect-our-choice

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“You are at my side, dear friends, and God is everywhere. Yet ultimately we are alone, making our way home by the candle of the heart. The light is steady and sure but extends only far enough to see the next step.
Many times the light seems to go out. But another light, one held by a stranger or friend, a book or a song, a blackbird or a wild flower, comes close enough so that we can see our path by its light. And in time we realize that the light we have borrowed was always our own.” – Joan Borysenko

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Cottonwood forest wilderness

Cottonwood forest wilderness

http://www.fs.usda.gov/dixie

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Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but ‘steal’ some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.” – Albert Camus

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