I guess most people do not want to be lonely. But there are others who seek moments, days, weeks, or even longer periods of solitude. We all have different preferences. But can we truly be lonely?
Our inclinations vary, depending on our personalities and experiences. The desire to be around people or to be lonely comes from within.
Loneliness, usually, is not presented in a positive way. Loneliness is often viewed as undesirable and something that must not be chosen. Being lonely is considered a problem that needs a solution, an illness that requires a remedy. If a person is viewed as lonely, others might easily conclude that the crisis of loneliness must be alleviated. But those who think this way fail to recognize the power of earthly loneliness.
It is only in solitude that a person can get closer to oneself. And it is through the discovery of one’s own self that one can realize the connection with God.
God never allows a person, one who walks on the righteous path, to be lonely. Being physically alone, away from the company of other human beings, may be given the term of loneliness. But God has created a wonderful nature that we live in – one in which loneliness is impossible.
The trees, full of life, surround us. The flowers, colorful and fragrant, provide company. Animals, domestic and wild, are the ones we share this earth with. The birds fly over our heads, prompting us to look towards heaven. With such beautiful creations of God among us, one can never be lonely.
And yet, if someone still finds oneself in a state of loneliness, perhaps it is time to reflect on one’s existence and be grateful to God. Perhaps, it is time for meditation. It may be an opportunity to drift into deep concentration and recite a prayer. It may be time to utter a few chants to express gratitude to God for His endless grace.
Loneliness must not be shunned. Everything happens for a reason. The state of loneliness has its own significance and meaning in the life of a person. We must, therefore, embrace it.