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Embracing Your Own Solitude

Becoming a Sun

by David Karchere


This Week’s Quotation:

If you are facing a door in your life that looks like solitude, these words might strike you as somber or grave. Solitude can look like that. Yet within that solitude is light, freedom, and joy. Embracing your own solitude, you are free. You find the source of your happiness and joy. You find the greatest gift you have to bring to the world. 

Learn to be with yourself and enjoy your own company. Embrace your own loneliness and the opportunities you have to be alone. And discover that you are never alone.

Becoming a Sun
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Embracing Your Own Solitude

David Karchere
David Karchere
Author, Becoming a Sun

When I wrote these words from my book, I had no idea that we would be facing a global pandemic. 

Puppy shelters have been cleared out by people looking for companionship. Mid-day T.V. watching has almost doubled. And still, many of us have been compelled to make a deeper peace with our own souls during this time.

As the world begins to reopen, and we begin to enjoy seeing our friends and family again, what have we learned? How have we changed? 

Here is my short list:

  • I am part of the peace I feel in the meadows, birds, rocks and trees all around me.
  • Emotional and spiritual closeness—not just physical proximity—is really important to me.
  • Even though I love being with other people, there is a deep nourishment in the stillness of my own soul.
  • I’ve learned to tune in more consciously to other people via the phone and Zoom. I want to keep tuning in like that in person.
  • I have become more deeply aware of what and who I love, and what is precious to me, more than ever. I want the rest of my life to be about that.

What does it mean to become a sun?

Every human being is already a sun on the inside—a being of intense love and light. The difference is that some people have the vision and courage to become a sun on the outside. This difference is our human destiny.

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