Loneliness is not a lack of company, loneliness is a lack of connection.
Loneliness is keeping yourself locked inside in the presence of others.
Loneliness is suppressing yourself when you need to be seen, to be heard.
Loneliness is hiding parts of you who long to break through,
Denying the parts of who long to connect, long to be held, long to be loved.
Company only soothes loneliness when authentic expression, vulnerability and connection are present.
Loneliness is held within,
She is a container, an imprisoning one
Loneliness is the pain of our inability to receive
She is the product of self-denial
Loneliness is a lifetime of accumulated no’s when I wanted to say yes
Loneliness is the portrayal of the belief “There is something wrong with me” offering her very best performance
Loneliness is the belief “I am unlovable” acting out her part
Loneliness is the fear of rejection
Loneliness is the thought “I deserve nothing more”
Loneliness is the wounds of my inner child
She is my sadness
Loneliness is the child within me begging for love
Loneliness is my being begging for love, my longing to be held, my desire to let go
Loneliness is the knowing that I don’t want have to do it all by myself
She is my teacher, teaching me to let go of the belief that I have to
Loneliness is the belief that I’m the only one I can trust, I’m the only one who can meet my needs, who can take care of me
She’s the ache in my heart, the knots in my belly
Loneliness is not having a soul in the world to share yourself with
Loneliness was my only visible option
But choosing to be alone when there are people who want to love you is self-punishment and loneliness the prize
When loneliness is seen and self-punishment forgiven, both love and connection are born.
Photo Credit: Brooke Shaden. Thank You Brooke
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