The Spirituality of Solitude

Scott writes, In 1841, Henry David Thoreau retreated from the busy village life in his native Concord, Massachusetts, and lived alone in solitude for a full year in a small cottage on nearby Walden Pond. The result was one of the most famous essays ever written. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” As we busy 21st Century Americans move into the summer, perhaps we could learn the art of purposeful solitude, to see what treasures of the heart might lie there.

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