Comforting Thought: Loneliness is a doorway to belonging

A man plays wistful and sad music on the Charles Bridge in Prague. Copyright 2009 Content Catnip

Loneliness is a place from which we pay real attention to the voices other than our own. Being alone allows us to find the healing power in the other. The shortest line of an email can heal, embolden, welcome home and enliven the most isolated identity. Lonely human beings are lonely because they are made to belong. Loneliness is the single malt taste of a very essentiality that makes conscious belonging possible.

The doorway is closer than we think. I am alone – therefore I belong.

From: Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte

Genre: Non-fiction, Spirituality, Philosophy

Rating: 3.5 stars

*Contains no spoilers

In this slim and elegant volume of philosophy and inspiration, writer David Whyte tackles the big topics and words that rarely get any airtime in our society, the kinds of things that haunt people but that are difficult to resolve and so are pushed under the rug. Read full review

Book Review: Consolations:The Solace, Nourishment & Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte
Book Review: Consolations:The Solace, Nourishment & Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte

Published by Content Catnip

Content Catnip is a quirky internet wunderkammer written by an Intergalactic Space Māori named Content Catnip. Join me as I meander through the quirky and curious aspects of history, indigenous spirituality, the natural world, animals, art, storytelling, books, philosophy, travel, Māori culture and loads more.

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