Loneliness is something we all experience on some level and to varying degrees, whether we consciously create it through fearful self-isolation, or find ourselves in circumstances beyond our control resulting in loss of socialization.
Loneliness doesn’t necessarily require resolution, nor does it insist we sink under its weight. As Pema states, “We are instructed to let the thoughts come and go as if touching a bubble with a feather. This straightforward discipline prepares us to stop struggling and discover a fresh, unbiased state of being.”
Eventually, loneliness too shall pass.
SIX KINDS OF LONELINESS
“Cool loneliness allows us to look honestly and without aggression at our own minds. We can gradually drop our ideals of who we think we ought to be, or who we think we want to be, or who we think other people think we want to be or ought to be. We give it up and just look directly with compassion and humor at who we are. Then loneliness is no threat and heartache, no punishment.”– Pema Chodron