To walk alone in London is the greatest rest. — Virginia Woolf.
My readers may wonder why I’m fixated about walking. Two reasons, in a week I will head to a beach to be revitalized by long beach walks and the company of friends. The second is that after fifty years of agony, I am having my knee replaced when I get back.
But knee replacement or beach walks aren’t what drew me to Woolf’s words today. It is the concept that “walking alone is the greatest rest.” In this very social world where everyone feels the need to be connected twenty-four hours a day, we forget how important it is to be alone.
Meditation teaches us that being alone and quiet, brings us peace. We hear ourselves think best in silence and when we are alone. Although I love my beach walks with Suzy and friends like Davis and Tom, on occasion an early walk alone lets me talk to myself, forgive myself, and rest in God’s presence and creation.
Can you use a great rest today?