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Loneliness is the illness of our time

Poignant words from Thich Nhat Hanh on loneliness.

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Source: What 5 Great Spiritual Leaders Have to Say About the Deadly Sickness of Loneliness โ€“ Waking Times

July 21, 2017

Thich Nhat Hanh

Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activistย Thich Nhat Hanh, also the author of many books including You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, gives us perhaps the most thorough assessment of the roots of loneliness. He discusses the idea that we must come home to ourselves to find peace and happiness.

Once we are home, we no longer feel lonely. Home is a place where loneliness is happiness. But where is home? It is within the self, it is an island, a place inside ourselves where we must return to in order to be happy. Many of us have forgotten how to take this place with us in our day to day lives, and as such we drift further awayโ€ฆ

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About Val Boyko

Val Boyko is originally from Scotland and came to the United States over 25 years ago. At "Find Your Middle Ground" Val brings together her experience as a life coach, yoga teacher and mentor, to inspire awakening to the light and inspiration within us all. This blog is a place of exploration and discovery as we all explore finding harmony and peace, in the highs and lows of life ๐Ÿ’›

33 comments on “Loneliness is the illness of our time

  1. Profound, thank you – it spoke to me

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  2. I believe this to be true. I grew up as an only child (both brothers are considerably older) with older parents. I learned how to entertain and amuse myself very early in life. I also knew what made me happy. Maybe it was my nature or maybe the circumstances but I find that I am very comfortable with myself. I am never lonely. If I want companionship, I seek it out but I also enjoy and treasure alone time. I don’t need anyone to make me happy.

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  3. So very true Val, thanks for sharing this ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Such an easily described philosophy yet so very hard for so many to follow. The journey inwards is the most mysterious and convoluted of them all! And so frequently commences from a realisation of being lost; of not knowing who one is!

    Sorry, what was the question again? ๐Ÿค”

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  5. So true! Whenever I’m alone I get way more anxious-I think because the unknown in your heart can be scary! Better to face those insecurities though… ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Insecuties are created in our head … our heart knows the answer. Let go of the thoughts and tune into the breath this is the gateway to peace ๐Ÿ’›

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  6. I really enjoyed reading that. It’s great advice and something I need to remember.

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  7. wise words Val, thank you for sharing


  8. mubazbasheer

    but some time loneliness give peace of mind !

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    • And that’s when loneliness becomes solitude. There is no lack… simply being with ourselves. Thank you Mubaz ๐Ÿ’›


  9. Loneliness, the disease of our time. Sad, with a country with so much…

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  10. This is wonderful! I love Thรขy and his special teachings.

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  11. To come home within and love our authentic self A gift for life.

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  12. Beautiful post. One has to learn it with perseverance.
    Loneliness is a negative state of mind. Aloneness is positive, notwithstanding what the dictionaries say. In dictionaries, loneliness and aloneness are synonymous — they are synonyms; in life they are not. Loneliness is a state of mind when you are constantly missing the other, aloneness is the state of mind when you are constantly delighted in yourself. Loneliness is miserable, aloneness is blissful. Loneliness is always worried, missing something, hankering for something, desiring for something; aloneness is a deep fulfillment, not going out, tremendously content, happy, celebrating. In loneliness you are off center, in aloneness you are centered and rooted. Aloneness is beautiful. It has an elegance around it, a grace, a climate of tremendous satisfaction. Loneliness is; beggarly; all around it there is begging and nothing else. It has no grace around it. In fact it is ugly. Loneliness is a dependence, aloneness is SHEER independence. One feels as if one is one’s whole world, one’s whole existence.

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  13. An excellent post Val. Thich Nhat Hanh is an
    incredible guide for our times. His brilliant words
    and teachings can help many understand the
    nature of the self and the world

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  14. Well said. Enjoyed your post.

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  15. This meant a lot to me Val as I have been drifting a bit. I have dropped spending time in reflection each day. Maybe time to get back to that. Thanks.

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  16. Great post! I love Thich Nhat Hanh. I wrote about loneliness myself today.

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