SOLITUDE

Definition of Solitude: the state or situation of being alone.
Synonyms of Solitude: solitariness, isolation, seclusion, peace, desolation; lonesome, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
Readers are encouraged to click external links for more detail.
We hope you find them helpful.
Love in fellowship.

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We all need time alone.
Then we can get to know our Higher Power better too.

 

We can think, read, and meditate.
We can our own best friend. –Keep It Simple | More…

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If we listen in those moments when we hear a message from ourselves, we become true adults – real human beings. The message comes in our solitude, when our defences against truth are set aside.

It comes popping out without our planning it. Our solitude is a relationship with
ourselves. Letting another person know what messages we are getting in solitude helps us deal with the messages. We become real adults, full partners in relationships and in our communities. –Touchstones | More…

Knowing our loneliness and admitting it to us is the beginning of a spiritual path for
many or us. Today we are on a spiritual journey, we already have the means to translate the pain of our loneliness into a deeper spiritual dimension.

Most in this program came in deeply aware of their feelings of isolation. Now, with the companionship of our Higher Power, we can spend time alone and use it for spiritual growth.As we develop a relationship with ourselves and deepen our knowledge of our Higher Power, our loneliness transforms into solitude. –Touchstones | More…

Solitude is the time we choose to be alone, but it becomes loneliness when we believe we have no choice. When we are lonely, we feel trapped in a web of isolation.

Lonely people are caught in a trap with only themselves for company. There can be a difference between loneliness and aloneness — or solitude.  –One More Day | More…

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Knowing our loneliness and admitting it to us is the beginning of a spiritual path for many or us. Today we are on a spiritual journey, we already have the means to translate the pain of our loneliness into a deeper spiritual dimension.

Most in this program came in deeply aware of their feelings of isolation. Now, with the companionship of our Higher Power, we can spend time alone and use it for spiritual growth. As we develop a relationship with ourselves and deepen our knowledge of our Higher Power, our loneliness transforms into solitude. –Touchstones | More…

Without solitude, there can be no real people.
We all need some time alone.

Nature teaches us that each thing, even the earth itself, needs a retreat.
It is this time that refreshes life for the Spring to come.

To have healthy, fulfilling relationships with each other, we all need time to ourselves
every day. Without being “real people”–truly ourselves – how can we be full members of our family? –Today’s Gift 20/11 | More…

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