Jesus went to the desert for forty days in order to be alone. Most of our great spiritual leaders make sure that they have plenty of time in their lives to be alone. Our time alone is very important to us--if we give it a chance and try to recognize the lessons that it's trying to teach us. It's up to us, though, to define that time--is it loneliness, or is it solitude? How we see it, how we treat it, and how we treat ourselves when we're with it make it what it is.
We have all known the long loneliness and we have learnedthat the only solution is love and that love comes with community.