We seek solace as comfort and consolation in times of need. Solace comes to us in many forms: from a friend, from nature, from a quiet space. Sometimes we even find solace from turning deeper inward, touching into the rawness of our suffering.
In mindful presence,
Solace is what we must look for…
when longing does not come to fruition in a form we can recognize,
when people we know and love disappear,
when hope must take a different form than the one we have shaped for it.
Solace is not meant to be an answer, but an invitation,
through the door of pain and difficulty,
to the depth of suffering and simultaneous beauty in the world
that the strategic mind by itself cannot grasp nor make sense of.
—David Whyte, Consolations