12/29/2013 11:54 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 8

The Winter Woods: Solitude

Sometimes you can feel lonely in a crowd full of people. Other times you might actually be alone. Don't be afraid. Being able to settle pleasantly into solitude is a sign of true spiritual health. It's a sign that you aren't afraid of the secrets inside of you, the biggest secret being that yes, like each of us, you are alone. We come into the world alone; we leave the world alone. Sometimes being alone truly sucks, especially during holidays when it seems like everyone else is having a perfect time, living in perfect love. Solitude is about finding that perfect time and perfect love inside yourself. And when you find that (hint: a walk in the winter woods might help you), you'll enjoy the rest of the times even more.

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