To be without a reference point is the ultimate loneliness. It is also called enlightenment.
You may be lonely, but you’re not as alone as you think. Sometimes, says Jane McLaughlin-Dobisz, you have to put your phone down and stop to taste the cookie dough.
How do we take the sting out of loneliness? Toni Bernhard suggests friendliness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity.
Each Friday, we share three topical longreads in our Weekend Reader newsletter. This week, Lion’s Roar magazine’s editorial assistant Haleigh Atwood explores the lessons found in times of loneliness.
In an article originally published in 1969, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche reflects on how Buddhism can address the alienation of modern society.
Toni Bernhard has an mindfulness exercise for bringing compassion to feelings of loneliness.
Meredith Arena on what it feels like to be embodied and alone.
Samuel Gentoku McCree on the contrast between the experience of loneliness and the felt reality of interdependence.
Latest from the Under 35 Project: Maya Rook on discovering that being alone does not equate to loneliness.
The Teachers answer the question: “how do I stop meditation from making me feel alienated?”