May 26, 2020 7 minutes to read ∙ 1500 words

Mindfulness 101: The Paradox and Promise of Solitude at a Time of Social Distancing

By Scott L. Rogers

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In today’s column we explore the subject of solitude and its importance to the quality of our well-being and life’s work. The form of solitude that I will share departs from conventional thinking for there is little trace of it when curled up on a couch reading a good book or taking a walk outdoors listening to a podcast. It’s the kind of solitude you can experience in a house full of people, the kind that patiently follows you wherever you go. After providing some background and resources, clarifying the term, and explaining why it matters, I’ll share with you what I refer to as “mindful solitude,” which offers a broader perspective on ways to understand and practice mindfulness.

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