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January 26, 2015

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Johanna GGG

Solitude is definitely better than isolation - it is chosen rather than no way out! I had a lovely walk on the beach by myself on my recent holiday and thought how nice it would be to live there and walk along the beach alone each evening and collect my thoughts.

Chez

I was going to say something similar to Johanna, but she beat me to it! Solitude seems to be more an active choice while being isolated is more of an effect, something that happens to you. I'm Gemini so I love my own company just as much as that of other people. I have this wonderful book called "Alone", about hermits, religious mystics and artisits through the ages who chose solitude and saw it as integral to their process. Perhaps now more than ever we might benefit from periods of solitude - that idea of being in but not of the world, at least for a short time.

Mel

Regarding creativity and solitude, you might be interested in Virginia Woolf's idea of privacy: http://www.newyorker.com/books/joshua-rothman/virginia-woolfs-idea-of-privacy

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