Loneliness in Midlife

Confronting the pain of loneliness is a significant part of the midlife journey.  Whether feeling alone in a marriage or the loneliness of being alone, loneliness is an experience that becomes excruciating during midlife.  Accompanied by the longing for “that which cannot be named,” we attempt to satisfy loneliness by looking outside of us for “that which will make us whole” – material goods, a relationship, money, fame, etc.  If we cannot find the remedy outside of us, we frequently turn to self-medicating behaviors to numb the pain – sex, alcohol, drugs, food, etc.  In the end, we find none of these relieve us of the pain of loneliness.  The only way to remedy loneliness – is to be present with and to it.  Find out what loneliness has to say to us, what it needs from us.  Mostly, it needs attention and our presence.  When we allow ourselves to be fully present to loneliness, we discover our soul.

 

The Temple of My Aloneness

Thrust unsuspecting into the temple of my aloneness…

“Alone and single has to be better than married and alone.”

And, I can assure you, it is.

However, we must first be freed of the striving to fill the empty space;

From searching for “the one” who will be what “the other” was not;

And healed of the excruciating fear of loneliness.

Staring loneliness in the face;

Standing toe-to-toe against its threats

Learning what loneliness wants to tell us

Seeing all that hides behind its face –

Self-doubt, self-loathing, the wounds of the past, ungrieved loss and undiscovered joys.

Daring to invite loneliness in,

Discovering nothing less than our Soul

Knowing here, we are never alone.

copyright 2013  Lauri Ann Lumby

About Your Spiritual Truth

I am a trained, professional Spiritual Director, Author and Hands-on Healer. I offer services, programs and classes that empower you to hear the voice of the Divine that speaks from within you. It is the voice of the Divine that leads us to our highest truth, to the discovery and cultivation of our gifts and to a life of Authentic Freedom where we know contentment, compassion and joy. Your truth will set you free!
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2 Responses to Loneliness in Midlife

  1. kristine azzarello says:

    Powerful and beautiful.  Thank you.   Kris

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  2. Geraldine says:

    so sad but true…

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