hat does solitude have to do with loneliness? Nothing, however, we go on confusing these two when it comes down to understanding who we are and what we are doing on this earth!
So let us see what the differences between Loneliness & Solitude are.
A) Solitude gives us space and time to reflect upon ourselves. If we want to meditate and dive deeply into our being, we need to isolate ourselves for a while to get to concentrate, relax, and focus our attention inside. In these moments, when we are introspecting, we require being alone. we are searching for solitude. These moments our isolation is very well received and appreciated with a feeling of gratitude that life gives us a period when distractions are away.
B) Loneliness is a way to interpret your Self. Yes, it is true, but sometimes we feel lonely while surrounded by a lot of people! We may say "I feel alone" or "abandoned", but we are describing a psychological state than a fact. Loneliness happens to the majority of people who live a life of isolation in the sense of not being able to "be yourself" or express yourself freely. The result of keeping your truth inside is the feeling of loneliness.
C)Solitude is necessary if you want to work for a goal. In our attempt to achieve results in our lives, in our professional endeavors, and inside our physical body, some mechanisms work better when we are isolated. For example, your body needs sleep, and during sleep, you better be isolated and well protected from interruptions if you want to rest. In your job, If working on a project that demands deep thinking or detailed calculations, concentration in an isolated environment is crucial for your success. In these moments, solitude is very welcome.
D) Loneliness is the result of psychological tiredness and low level of vitality. Loneliness many times appears as a result of feeling low emotionally, energetically, and mentally. When our vital energy levels drop, we experience a feeling of apathy or low vibration that makes us feel "empty." This emptiness is interpreted from our mind as if we are abandoned somewhere alone. Of course, as we said above, this can be happening to you while you are amidst people who, at this moment, are happy to talk to you or interact with you, but this feeling may persist and make you feel loneliness.
E) Solitude is a natural state of being. We come to this earth alone, and we depart apart. We are individuals. If we can observe our existence, we will recognize that although we live among others, we experience our life by ourselves in the sense that our inner world is ours. Nobody can live our lives except us. Of course, we are also connected with the whole world as we are a piece of the One Great puzzle of life, but at the same time, every single individual is in a sense alone or on his own.
Cultivating a sense of harmony in our separate experiences in the world can help us connect with ourselves and overcome the feeling of loneliness and develop solitude instead. Solitude, in this sense, is a profound spiritual truth of existence, and just by looking at the stars at night, we can understand that every single planet or star stands alone as a shining diamond between other shinning diamonds. Cultivate this feeling of being alone but unique among other unique Divine Beings, and this will help appreciate more your existence rather than make you feel lonely.