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    shubhi

    Insight. critical thinking. introspection. realisation.

    3 years ago
  2. V
    Varsha

    I solitude, I often get new perspective for all things normal in my life. But the best gift would be that I usually am just extremely happy when in solitude after a busy day/week.

    3 years ago
  3. Drew Blanton

    Peace and deep thinking.

    3 years ago
  4. Mica

    I live alone, except for my guinea pig, and I receive lots of spiritual gifts.

    3 years ago
  5. Don Jones

    My best creative spirit emerges when I am alone.

    3 years ago
  6. s
    sb

    My immediate thought is “healing” – after my biggest life challenge, I didn’t want to be with people, I went for endless solitary walks, being healed by nature, enjoying solitude, safety, having time to think, rebalance, understand, become calm, find some inner peace, learn to love myself a bit more….
    In better times, solitude still gives me time to think, evaluate, decide, come to terms with things…Also just to enjoy my solitude – often outside so I can delight in the beauty of nature and consider my tiny place in the scheme of things. And, in the evening, in my lovely, hot bubbly bath, I find sheer comfort, warmth and (in the most innocent way!) great physical pleasure.

    3 years ago
  7. KC

    inner peace …

    3 years ago
  8. L
    Luisa Garrido

    Inner peace and independence. To allow myself to feel new things, to understand that nothing and no one last forever but the love.

    3 years ago
  9. L
    Lauryn

    Clarity and peace.

    3 years ago
  10. Pilgrim

    New or good ideas or solutions seem to often arise in solitude. Also sometimes a through-way to something that has been puzzling me, remembering a name I have forgotten (such as a name of a bird, butterfly or plant, a phrase or song, etc.). If I am walking outside in solitude, especially among trees or near water, it is a gift to realize my breathing and anxiety have slowed down.

    3 years ago
  11. B
    BasicMarsh

    Solitude itself is a gift. I’ve received many gifts from and through solitude – the most significant is the quiet realization I needed to change my vocation.

    3 years ago
  12. Nelson

    I oftentimes can catch my breathe and slow down when I’m in solitude. Relax. Meditate. During such times, I think about my grandmother. Last May would have marked 20 years since her passing. I have a tattoo of an angel in her honor. I wonder what she thinks, looking down from heaven to see the man I’ve grown up to be. Feeling that warmth and connection and love for me – those are all gifts I’m present to.

    3 years ago
  13. Howie Geib

    I don’t know about any of you, but I can’t help read this as if the word gifts has air quotes LOL…”So, what might be some of these so-called ‘gifts’ you have received in solitude?”

    Solitude, true, actual solitude, is indisputably holy ground in my experience. You come face to face with the truths and forced to stare at them. The most precious fruit borne of my times of solitude has been a decent capacity for accurate self appraisal. This one skill has brought so much value. For once you can be true to yourself, and more importantly Willing to be so, you discover the essence of liberation.

    It is the place I am introduced to the shadow, and bear it. Once this has been mastered even a little…then…the true work can begin.

    3 years ago
  14. Patricia

    Peace. Delight and amazement in being alive, being in a body and having senses – and cherishing what I notice and feel through those senses….

    3 years ago
  15. DeVonna

    I have received the gift of personal strength, determination, resolve and flexability in solitude. When I’ve had no one to help me, I’ve relied on my own strength and my relationship with God.

    3 years ago
  16. Mary Pat

    It is my favorite “place”. It brings me in contact, deeply, with what I call My Soul. The Great Knowing. Agape Love. Oracle. Spirit. God. Sophia. Unconditional Love. Perfect Peace. Wisdom. Epiphany. So many names, but all the same to me, personally. That Speck of the Divine in each of us, if we choose to connect to it. And that is the gift…

    3 years ago
  17. Samuel

    Solitude is an unwelcome, unnatural state for me. I have always craved the companionship that for 53 years I had with my late wife. Living alone has necessitated that I get better at practicing endurance of isolation and loneliness. It has sharpened my sense of gratitude to recognize and not take for granted those good things that do still cross my path. It has increased my appreciation of and love for my church family and my many friends, and brought me closer to my God. I am beginning to realize that it is no more than yet another phase of my life, albeit an unwelcome one, to be dealt with and mastered with God’s help and guidance according to His will and plan…

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      Your heartfelt reflection resonates with me. Although I only had 6 yrs with my ex there is something to be said for having someone with you for companionship and love. It’s hard staying present when some memories of the past are so strong. Love and peace to you Samuel.

      3 years ago
      1. Samuel

        Thank you , Michele, for sharing and caring. I recently saw a Meme to the effect that “the hardest thing one will ever have to do is to grieve the loss of someone still alive.” I imagine that must be what divorce would be like, and it has given me yet another new appreciation of our human need for companionship. Much love back to you…

        3 years ago
    2. Butterfly

      It’s a huge adjustment for you to have to make, Samuel. I hope, in time, you will be able to find peace in solitude rather than loneliness ❤️

      3 years ago
      1. Samuel

        Thank you, Butterfly, for your kind words and thoughts. It’s really all the folks, like you, who care for and about me that continue to make life worth the living. I may be alone, but I’ve never been abandoned… 🤗❤️🙏🏻

        3 years ago
  18. Mike S

    In solitude I can start emptying my mind and come into a sense of peace and deeper relaxation.

    3 years ago
  19. Amber Wright

    The gift of being able to re-center myself. Receiving from nature such as the beautiful comforting songs that the birds all sing. I receive the gift of gratitude to all those that have come before me & all they have done to pave the way. I also receive the gift of appreciating my purpose in life and recognizing its rich value.

    3 years ago
  20. SK

    Self-awareness, mindfulness, sitting in reverent solitude with myself and loving it.. In a way, I “got back to basics’- reading, reflecting, gleaning and cleaning out the junk of life. I came to some epiphanies about who I am and what allows me to thrive.

    3 years ago
  21. Maureen

    Sitting in the adoration chapel I have experienced God’s comfort and a shoulder to cry on.

    3 years ago
  22. Carla

    In solitude I’ve experienced Sophia & her Gifts of Wisdom in very gentle ways. Also, my SoulCollage time becomes expansive with creativity.

    3 years ago
  23. GratefulOne

    Peace. Perspective. Heart-mindedness. An awareness of breath. Rest. An awareness of self. I can hear my soul. Beauty.

    3 years ago
    1. GratefulOne

      I similar to Kevin, receive the gift of the Holy Spirit – when lucky – in solitude. Space to think.

      3 years ago
  24. Trish

    Solitude has its own wisdom. I’m able to hear differently when I’m alone without outside distractions. Solitude opens new avenues for me to explore & invites me to be creative in the way I navigate this world.

    3 years ago
  25. devy

    Relaxation and gathering of thoughts in order to bring calm and peace . Walking in mother nature alone and reflecting on her beauty..

    3 years ago
  26. Holly in Ohio

    My clearest thinking is done in solitude, and most of my best creativity. “Flow” happens most often in solitude. 🙂

    3 years ago
  27. EJP

    Quiet realization of inner wisdom and knowledge, strength and courage.

    3 years ago
  28. Dusty Su

    Solitude IS my greatest gift…

    3 years ago
  29. O.Christina

    To have experienced solitude was and is linked with a sensation of stillness, which allowed to open to transform a former strong sense of isolation into a state of being alone without feeling lonely. Of course, a lot of friends helped to undergo this transformation, for which I am deeply grateful. The treasure in solitude I feel is the stillness, which connects me to all which is, even when my loved ones are not present, as I feel His Love is present. I can go into nature and find peace; singing, dancing, meditating, letting the moment be as it is happens more and more now and bears fruits of joy and happiness. Work in progress, of course, but it is.

    3 years ago
  30. Michele

    Peace and clarity.

    3 years ago
  31. sunnypatti48317

    Feeling the universal connection to God and all that is. Guidance. Peace of mind. Compassion, both for others and myself. I enjoy a good dose of solitude!

    3 years ago
  32. Christine

    The knowledge that I am alone, but not lonely. That I am guided with love and light from God, that I have an eternal soul connection with my dear Karel. It is a gift because I can indeed feel it and it calmes me when I am in solitude.

    3 years ago
  33. Antoinette

    Deep connection to the present moment is a gift of solitude.
    Solitude is an interesting word because it brings up all kinds of minds. How one experiences solitude is so different from person to person and even from day to day or moment to moment.
    I would go so far as to say that letting go of concepts like solitude. The opposite of solitude is fellowship, crowd, company, companionship to name a few.
    We are all deeply connected in this vast universe.
    Solitude to today, for me, means being able to have space within my mind to let go of delusions that I am somehow alone or left out. I use to feel like this isolation from the virus was a sort of prison but having more time to let go I have been able to open my mind up and dump out a lot of concepts, notions, ideas etc. and let them go. We are all in this together and solitude has allowed me space to open my heart and mind. Letting go of fear of solitude is a gift.
    Thank you 🙏

    3 years ago
    1. Palm

      “Letting go of fear of solitude” thank you, Antoinette

      3 years ago
  34. Kevin

    Spiritual clarity, direction, and when I’m lucky, I receive the gift of the Holy Spirit at work within, during times of solitude.

    3 years ago

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