aloneness is not loneliness

“When you are alone you are not alone, you are simply lonely – and there is a tremendous difference between loneliness and aloneness. When you are lonely you are thinking of the other, you are missing the other. Loneliness is a negative state. You are feeling that it would have been better if the other were there – your friend, your wife, your mother, your beloved, your husband. It would have been good if the other were there, but the other is not. Loneliness is absence of the other. Aloneness is the presence of oneself. Aloneness is very positive. It is a presence, overflowing presence. You are so full of presence that you can fill the whole universe with your presence and there is no need for anybody. ”

above passage quoted from http://www.withunity.co.uk/news/osho-on-aloneness.html

 

i am thinking of definitions of virgin i have heard (as in the virgin mary) as being ‘woman unto herself’, a woman who is whole, complete unto herself.  hmmm. one who said ‘yes’ to bearing God into life without ‘need’ for the other to see her as worthy or good enough. one who trusted in her own goodness, spoken to her in the dark of night

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