A stark, quiet morning in Pulag. Nothing epic. Just lots of space to gaze at, distant peaks and valleys in shadow. The morning's thinning mist. Plenty of time to reflect on the simple beauty and stillness of life.
For many years I've grappled with inexplicable bouts of loneliness - that debilitating feeling of emptiness and almost incessant fear of missing out. I've always been perplexed by this conundrum and have never felt I was able to solve it. I just get into this loneliness spin cycle for a couple of days and then I get my mood back and I just wonder what the hell was that all about?
While browsing some books at a local bookstore, I saw a title by Teal Swan called "The Anatomy of Loneliness - How to Find Your Way Back to Connection." Now, I did not open the book nor buy it, but that subtitle sparked what could be the answer to this lifelong riddle within. Life is all about connection. When we were conceived, we were connected by cord to our mothers. We were nurtured with care and concern by family, in school, in organizations all the way to adulthood. We develop friendships because to be connected and to belong is a very basic human need. It is in this that I realize my loneliness is a lack of deep connection with the people and things that matter to me. The worst bouts of it also coincided when my spiritual life drifted to the drywell abyss of neglect and ambivalence.
I'm still on the way back but the path is much clearer now. I need stronger connections. With family, with friends, with the audience, with the Maker. I hope I helped you realize the solution to your own form of loneliness. Lets rediscover our connections, rekindle our relationships. Let's stay connected friends.
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