The importance of daily solitude

“Not all men are called to be hermits, but all men need enough silence and solitude in their lives to enable the deep inner voice of their own true self to be heard at least occasionally. When that inner voice is not heard, when man cannot attain to the spiritual peace that comes from being perfectly at one with his true self, his life is always miserable and exhausting. For he cannot go on happily for long unless he is in contact with the springs of spiritual life which are hidden in the depths of his own soul. If man is constantly exiled from his own home, locked out of his own spiritual solitude, he ceases to be a true person. He no longer lives as a man.” — Thomas Merton

Today’s always on – always connected electronic surveillance is gradually destroying our creativity, peace of mind and connection with our spiritual lives despite bringing us so many other benefits. Its probably very important that we schedule regular time away from the ongoing onslaught of menial interruptions and schedule some designated “thinking time”.