Comforting Thought: Hiding and hibernation are a part of the natural world

Olivia Laing, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

In the natural world, hiding is a way of staying alive. It’s a way of holding ourselves until we are ready to come to light.

Hiding is a part of the natural world. It is in the protective quiet of the icy northern landscape. In the held bud of a future summer rose. In the snow-bound and slow pulse of a hibernating bear.

We hide in our mother’s womb until we grow and ready ourselves for our first appearance in the lighted world.

We live in a time of immediate disclosure. Our thoughts, imaginings and longings are exposed to light too much, too early and too often. What is real is almost always, to begin with, hidden.

Hiding is an act of freedom from the misunderstanding of others.

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

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