This morning I was reading the Christian scriptures and thought about Jesus being in the desert for 40 days. I wonder if he was alone. Images of early Christian ascetics in the desert or Buddhist monks locked in a room come to mind. I asked myself, what was the longest period of time that I was completely alone without any human contact. I think it was a solo hike in/near Yosemite for 5 days. I was out on the trail which was a part of the Pacific Crest Trail. I remember starkly how i was not used to being alone for long periods of time. There was no radio, cell phone, etc. It made me start associating myself with nature and being more aware of the trees, rocks, dirt, etc. around me. It made me turn inward and to have an internal dialogue. I don’t think I went crazy…hehehe.., but it made me listen to myself and nature around me. Existential questions, spirituality…they all emerged. I hope we can spend some amount of time alone and learn more about ourselves.
Meditation: What does being alone teach you.