HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL- Aug. 5, 2016-SOLITUDE
Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Council Member Sadie Morgan
“A season is set for everything, a time for every experience under heaven…
A time for silence and a time for speaking…” — Ecclesiastes 3:1, 6
Like most things in life, the ideal is rarely either extreme, but a balanced moderation.
Solomon’s exposition of wisdom in Ecclesiastes makes that clear. As a person whose natural inclination is to isolate, I have to consciously choose to alternate solitude with interaction and community.
Solitude is peaceful and frequently creative. Isolation too often is wracked with fear and other destructive emotions. Solitude prepares us for action with others, while isolation is an inventor of excuses to stay uninvolved.
On the opposite side of the coin, mindless action without guidance or clear purpose can have its own negative consequences. Too often I hear people urge others to simply “do something” -– but that’s not enough. Our actions need to be informed and guided.
That’s what solitude is for.
Today’s Action: Give yourself a few minutes alone in the morning (set the clock earlier if you must). Open your mind to guidance for the day ahead. Read a daily meditation. Jot down your thoughts as they come. Consider starting every day this way.
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