“It is not the physical solitude that actually separates one from others; not physical isolation but spiritual isolation. It’s not the desert island nor the stony wilderness that cuts you from people you love. It is the wilderness in the mind, the desert wastes in the heart through which one wanders lost and a stranger. When one is a stranger to oneself then one is a stranger to others, too. If one is out of touch with oneself then one cannot touch others. How often in a large city shaking hands with my friends, I have felt wilderness stretching between us. Both of us were wandering in amid wastes, having lost the springs that nourished us.– or having found them dry. Only when one is connected to ones core is one connected to others, I am beginning to discover. And for me , the core, the inner spring can be refound through solitude.”
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift From the Sea.