Wednesday, April 13, 2016


This is the daily exploration for April 16, 2016.

+ Solitude is the garden for our hearts which yearn for love. It is the place where our aloneness can bear fruit. It is the home for our restless bodies and anxious minds. Solitude, whether it is connected with a physical space or not, is essential for our spiritual lives. It is not an easy place to be, since we are so insecure and fearful that we are easily distracted by whatever promises immediate satisfaction. Solitude is not immediately satisfying, because in solitude we meet our demons, our addictions, or feelings of lust and anger, and our immense need for recognition and approval. But if we do not run away, we will meet there also the One who says: “Do not be afraid. I am with you, and I will guide you through the valley of darkness."
-- Henri Nouwen in The Dance of Life

+ So, get up and dance with your computer.  Or your favorite tree.  Or the birds out in your garden.  Or the flowers. Or the space surrounding you.  Or your pet.  And another human being is not out of the question either.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Solitude Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Solitude” or “Guest Post” to

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to

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