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"Loneliness is a feeling of being without the kind of companionship one desires. It is the feeling of an unmet desire, often unnameable. It is the feeling that there is something missing, usually something one percieves as essential to their happiness or sense of fulfillment. The feeling of loneliness includes feelings of lack of intimacy and being understood and being accepted just as one is, and lack of opportunity to express oneself joyfully and spontaneously in a setting of total security.

The feeling is real and is an indication that something is indeed missing..."

~ Tess Hughes

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  • Nathan L.

    Hi Diane,

    You're certainly welcome to bring snacks -- I don't think the librarians will get on our case :)!

    Besides that not much needed, though a lot of people find that a pen and pad are helpful productive for self-inquiry.


    January 7, 2014

  • Diane

    Can someone tell me what I can bring to the meeting, i.e. snacks, drinks, etc


    January 7, 2014

  • Nathan L.

    Hi all,

    We'll be in Study room D, today, which is right next to our usual room, Study room C. Looking forward to seeing/meeting everyone.

    January 7, 2014

  • Diane

    My dog, Sammie, has been my rock! It amazes me how much more mindful Sammie is than most people at work!

    January 6, 2014

  • Barbara C.

    I tend to isolate myself in books, solo camping and just thinking (more like ruminating). This contributes to my tendency toward depression, I think. Doing things with like-minded folks nourishes me, but often I don't know where to find them.

    1 · January 5, 2014

    • Diane

      I completely understand! I have isolated myself in reading and writing as well. I never thought at this stage in my life that it would be so difficult to meet people.

      January 6, 2014

    • Diane

      The lack of communication sent me into this isolated existence leading into a chain reaction of a loneliness that I have never known. Not a loneliness for a relationship, but a yearning desire to have a conversation with another human being w/o cell phones and computers! Conversations, like many years ago, that involved eye contact and embracing the human spirit and sharing the exchange of excitement/passion. That void has suppressed my happiness as well. When I feel very happy about the life around me, it's wonderful...then, within time, my own happiness turns on me for the absence of human interaction. Is it the evolution of mechanics that has desensitized so many to the soul of the human spirit?!

      1 · January 6, 2014

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