Henri Nouwen wrote the following in his book, Making All Things New:
“To bring solitude into our lives is one of the most necessary but also most difficult disciplines. Even though we may have a deep desire for real solitude. We also experience a certain apprehension as we approach that solitary place and time. As soon as we are alone, without people to talk with, books to read, TV to watch, or phone calls to make, an inner chaos opens up in us.
This chaos can be so disturbing and so confusing that we can hardly wait to get busy again. . . . . This makes the discipline of solitude all the more important. It is not a spontaneous response to an occupied and preoccupied life. There are too many reasons not to be alone. Therefore, we must begin by carefully planning some solitude.”
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