What Does Pondering Bring?

Quotes and Notes #273. August 4

To be alone and ponder

To be alone and ponder

“Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.”—Edward Gibbon—

It’s good to be alone and to explore what you have learned through your experiences of the day and how they apply to the experiences of your life. It is good to sit and ponder—to think and to meditate. Meditation brings inner peace, and inner peace brings happiness.

Later on you can share a smile with someone.
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Sing a Song to Solitude

Quotes and Notes #120, March 3

“A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.”–Percy Bysshe Shelley

Meditation is a wonderful device for self-soothing and there is a myriad of ways to use this concept. Meditation, by definition, includes solitude. “Singing” to yourself in quiet may be accomplished, for example by,

  • Just closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths while sitting still.
  • Focusing your mind on a place or a scene and studying it mentally until your confusion of extraneous thoughts diminishes.
  • Writing also serves as a meditation, especially in a “journaling” manner, is a good way to examine your thoughts and feelings.
  • Keep in mind that your journaling efforts, written in a book or on a scrap of paper, may be discarded, saved, or shared. It’s your choice.
  • In any reflective occasion, it is a good idea to act as if someone has just asked, “How did that make you feel?”

Sing a song of cheer and then share the cheer with others.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

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