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Tikiman
Just out taking my dogma for a walk.
01:39 PM on 12/25/2012
The hardest thing about battling loneliness is the part about having to do it by yourself.
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funserious
I have not yet BEGUN to procrastinate
04:17 PM on 12/25/2012
:- )
01:20 PM on 12/25/2012
So you don't want to be lonely? Make friends...

Yeah, I know. Sounds simple. But it really is.

Have a hobby? Join a club.

Have religion? Join a church.

Have compassion? Volunteer.

Turn off your computer, get up off your butt, and DO something!
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commento
New Year, New Hopes
01:11 PM on 12/25/2012
To Deepak Chopra : Loneliness is part of being a human being. No one can avoid being lonely at certain times during the course of one's existence.
03:39 PM on 12/25/2012
I respectfully disagree. One will certainly be alone at times, but that doesn't have to equate to loneliness. Sometimes it may, but it isn't required.
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commento
New Year, New Hopes
05:03 PM on 12/25/2012
@ IndieCenter, by stating that "sometimes it may" you agreed to what I said.
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bleuwolf13
teacher, artist, gemini...
01:09 PM on 12/25/2012
thanks ~ as one who feels this a lot I can tell you it sucks in ways you can't imagine......
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JRLM Beats
Republican, Vote Moderate Republican: Vote Obama
01:07 PM on 12/25/2012
For all you young professionals who suddenly turned 55 with no kids or spouse because you put money first... this is for yewwww!! Merry holiday!
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Ailton
02:24 PM on 12/25/2012
ouch
03:16 PM on 12/25/2012
Merry Christmas to you too.
01:07 PM on 12/25/2012
I do use having a project that I work on. I had to develop one of my own choosing after I retired, it took awhile but I have one that is quite fulfilling. (I write articles on a myriad of things that I want to write on..... I wanted to be a writer when I was young but life took me in a different but also satisfying direction.)
Secondly, I have had to learn that letting go of people who are not a positive force in your life is acceptable. I so wanted EVERYONE to like me. Yes, unrealistic but I still wanted it. I have made peace with letting go of a handful of people. I do not think ill of them. I do avoid them as they are painful. Instead I look at all the wonderful people that I do have in my life.
Third, I do believe that most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be (Will Rogers paraphrase) I am a happy person at my core.
Thanks for the article.
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01:02 PM on 12/25/2012
Find somebody. Anybody.
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metimiam
02:30 PM on 12/25/2012
Very poor and dangerous advice.
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Graham7720
MiddleMan
03:59 PM on 12/25/2012
Not a good idea.
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kauthon
12:57 PM on 12/25/2012
Thanks buddy.
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choctawwritergirl
Screenwriter & Futurist
12:35 PM on 12/25/2012
Sadly, our Western Way of life with its emphasis on materialism feeds mass loneliness as never before.

When I think of the vitcims of materialism/loneliness, I always think of individuals like Howard Hughes and Michael Jackson.
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ninette
01:38 PM on 12/25/2012
You would be surprised to know that loneliness is not anymore a werstern way of life. It is becoming a universal way of life. Have lots of friends around the world, and everyone of them is complaining of the same thing.
05:47 AM on 12/26/2012
I lost my mate and buddy of 58 years in 2011. Don't tell me about loneliness nor spout cliches about fixing it..
12:32 PM on 12/25/2012
I think it is a good idea to have a dog and/or a cat to help one cope with loneliness. (Good, even if you are not lonely) I do agree about looking forward and enjoying the company of friends and companions. Time alone is to meditate and think about your present and future is useful as well.
My family is far away and my goal is to move to the area where some of them are living. This is something that takes up a lot of planning and keeps me from being lonely. I have initiated this quest and am in the process of making it a reality. It is difficult, however, as it is not in this country. I am determined.
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Baryl
The answer to everything is BACON!!
09:17 AM on 12/26/2012
mendodnem,
Good luck to you and don't give up!!! Sounds like a terrific plan. ☮
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lobopreto
12:30 PM on 12/25/2012
I don't care for the "process" analogy. Life is not a process; life is a series of events. Consider that a trash compactor is the embodiment of a "process" .... do you really want your life to be, like a trash compactor, a functional, useful, utilitarian, but ultimately meaningless process? No, life is an ongoing and unpredictable sequence of learning, of experiencing a multiplicity of events, each of which affects the human component in a distinct, and sometimes different, way.
03:57 PM on 12/25/2012
Ahh, so you're a component. Sort of like the hydraulic pump in a trash compactor. Affected by events such as rotten apples and broken glass. What a delightful analogy!

:-P
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lobopreto
09:35 PM on 12/25/2012
Um, non-sequitur.

Life is a series of events.  Life contains a multiplicity of elements, one of which is the human element. (For you, perhaps there is the "noodge" element?)  The event stream affects all elements -- being a human element in the event stream, I am affected by different events in different ways at different times.

I write some damn good poetry that you wouldn't understand either. :(*)
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bullwinkle88
04:05 PM on 12/25/2012
Life is indeed a process - the process of unfolding who you really are. For some it gets stalled at an early age. For others it is a life-long process, for there are always deeper levels to explore. And that is the joy of life - to discover oneself.
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dennis1943
whatever the voices in my head say.......
12:12 PM on 12/25/2012
"Relationships reflect what you are inside"..........like the vampire,I see no feflection......
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Richard Aron
Be the change you wish to see in the world. Gandhi
12:07 PM on 12/25/2012
Nice perspective. Thank you Dr Chopra.
12:02 PM on 12/25/2012
You're not losing the ego-self. The purpose is not to lose the ego. You can't lose the ego. If you lost the ego you wouldn't know you were here. The purpose is to see the ego for what it really is, in all of its glory and for all of its limitations. The purpose is to use the ego in ways that serve us and others. What's more important than being happy is to wholeheartedly KNOW that we are not JUST the ego. This inner knowing through experience allows us to experience joy regardless of what we feel (happiness or sadness) in the midst of whatever we are feeling. But this knowing is not something you can learn from a book.

-Eric in Burnaby.
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Ponderus
Enriched with lanolin.
12:00 PM on 12/25/2012
"Life is a process of finding yourself and living in contentment with what you find."

For most human beings, life is a process of desperate survival in a world controlled by the super rich -- many of whom have time to sit around and tell everyone else what life is.
TruthResearcher
Question the Paradigm
01:10 PM on 12/25/2012
AMEN - and so well stated. F&F
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psn8ldy
Everything ripples . . . be careful how you splash
01:14 PM on 12/25/2012
Soooooo right on. There are sadly few of us who have the guts to speak the truth.