Sunday, March 11, 2007

Introduction to Solitude

At any point in time, a person must encounter countless layers of many peoples' impact on their environment at varying degrees of volume. The volume is the number of hits impacting a person at any point in time. A hit occurs when the environment makes an impact strong enough to cause a change in your direction.

The impacts come at a person like waves on a stormy beach. Layer after layer, hits overlapping hits, pushing and pulling, each impact making a change to the ones that came before, and to the ones that will follow. It is much easier to be fluid, to let the environment lead us, than it is to be solid, to move by our own initiative.

And yet, the walrus says we can learn to use the influential environment to manage our journey in the same way as a sailing ship uses the wind current to reach a destination. It seems that it might be easier to manage a tornado!

The way to begin to harness the relentless pounding of the environment is to force it to to be gentle and still. By separating ourselves from the noise of the environment, we are able to see small bits of it, how those bits change us, and make decisions about how to best use the current to carry us on the journey of our own choosing. By demanding of ourselves a regular diet of solitude, we allow a gentle stillness in the pounding of the waves. Only by regular periods of solitude are we able to choose how we will use the currents to our benefit.

How much solitude? How quiet should it be? What should I do during my quiet time? The walrus will explain the best ways use your valuable quiet moments at a later time. For now, just start the routine of requiring regular periods of solitude. Allow yourself the indulgence of solitude. Demand it!

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