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Loneliness can be defined as a complex and unpleasant emotional response to isolation or lack of companionship.
It can be either transient or chronic, and typically includes anxiety about a lack of connectedness or communality.
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Solitude removes us from the mindless humdrum of everyday life into a higher consciousness which reconnects us with ourselves and our deepest humanity.
By setting aside dependent emotions and constraining compromises, we free ourselves up for problem solving, creativity, and spirituality.
Loneliness is the pain of being alone and is damaging. Solitude is the joy of being alone and is empowering.
If we can embrace it, this opportunity to adjust and refine our perspectives creates the strength and security for still greater solitude and, in time, the substance and meaning that guards against loneliness.
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