Monday, November 05, 2007

Paths of Solitude

“Instead of running away from our loneliness and trying to forget or deny it, we have to protect it and turn it into a fruitful solitude. To live a spiritual life we must first find the courage to enter into the desert of our loneliness and to change it by gentle and persistent efforts into a garden of solitude.” Henri Nouwen, Reaching Out.

There is a depth of thought in Henri Nouwen’s books that resonates with the truth. You cannot deny his tug at the very fabric of ones soul. The human makeup is a complex thing and it takes the spiritual genius to simplify it and reach down with poignant precision and mark off the parts that need repair. We are keen to find the solutions for our soul from without and the impression Nouwen makes is that the answer lies buried in the desert of our loneliness. If we are able to confront the pains of our heart in solitude we will unravel the many paths we have taken to substitute loneliness with temporary solutions.

2 comments:

B-Right007 said...

This is one of those truths we know, inherently, but seem to only really learn in practice. It's seems to be the one place where our own needs really come second to his will. Where we are so dependent on him, because simply we realize we are not in control but he is.

David said...

Yes, the call to practice solitude is heard but not often realized. It would transform us if we could make more time for it.