Solitude Is About More Than Just Being Alone

In my 20s I so yearned to find my cave.

I thought I’d escape to that cave and not emerge until I was enlightened.

The fact that I was struggling in relationships and graduate school, I kept telling myself, had nothing to do with that desire.

Spending time between reading Sufism (Islamic mysticism) and Buddhism, I had an idea of what my cave would look like.

It would be in India (of course, because God and realization were in India).

Wils 1aIt would be on a mountain (didn’t Muhammad go to a cave on a mountain top?).

It would look down on a pristine lake.

So off to India I went, seeking God and realization.

I found that cave somewhere near Ajmer.

It was, lo and…

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