Silence vs Solitude

“We will make the whole universe a noise in the end.”

– C.S. Lewis, Sr. demon Screwtape

We use external noise to drown out internal noise.

And after you’ve gathered the will power or the dissatisfaction has overspilled to unplug your phone, turn off the TV, you’re faced with a bigger monster to tame: internal noise.

Internal noise is the never ending mental chatter, replaying lousy conversations, imagining saying this or that, obsessing over hypothetical scenarios, idealizing.

When BOTH the external noise and internal noise are silenced you find solitude.

Solitude does not mean isolation.

Solitude engages, you are fully present.

Isolation is an escape.

You can be in a room full of people and be isolated.

Solitude is safety, a haven, where you’re completely yourself.

Isolation is danger, you’re weak, tired, running.

Solitude is when you set aside time to feed and water and nourish your soul. To let it grow into health and maturity.

Isolation is what you crave when you neglect the former.

In our age people feel more disconnected and anxious than ever before in recorded human history.

Could the answer be as easy as silence and solitude?

Create an environment for attention and connection to find solitude.

Photo by Kristaps Ungurs on Unsplash.

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