Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The essential nature of solitude


There are so many words that can be reflected upon in this short quotation by the very wonderful Henri Nouwen: solitude, transformation, victim, entanglement, illusion, false self... One could take each word in turn and write down everything that comes to mind about it. That would be a powerful spiritual exercise:

Solitude is the furnace of transformation. Without solitude we remain victims of our society and continue to be entangled in the illusions of the false self.

-Henri J. M. Nouwen

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