Being alone is not natural to a human. But we can learn the art if we have to, and even gain something constructive in the process.
Processing negative emotions
Processing negative emotions is essential. It stops us from ‘acting out’ – throwing our emotions onto others without understanding. We can become more free. We can ask for what we want without causing conflict.
We are lonely and fearful, and so we construct identities around us. But they are illusory. In contrast, when we stop trying to control everything, and just attend, our suffering falls away.
What do you want from your relationship?
What are you seeking, consciously or unconsciously, from a relationship with a significant other? In relation to your partner, are you skilful enough to balance your sometimes differing needs?
Keeping your mental health under COVID
With the pandemic increasing mental health issues around the world, what can we do to lighten the load and improve our own mental health?
Why does mental illness make you so lonely?
If you suffer from mental illness, you can feel intensely alone. Why does this happen, and what can you do about it?