The art of being alone

Being alone has a power that few people can handle.

(Gautama Buddha)
Photo from Martin Lawrence

Being alone can be a challenge. It becomes especially difficult if you don’t like the person you’re with. In the unhindered echoes of solitude, every miniscule fear or disappointment, becomes an army of destruction. In addition, a lack of physical touch and shared presence make the body go into hibernation. How best to cope with it?

In this online session, I share my monastic practice of solitude. We’ll talk about and experience some techniques to turn desperation and depression (feeling lonely, rejected, worthless) into self-recognition and compassion. At the end, there will be an opportunity for questions and sharing.

This session takes place on Wednesday, December 2nd, from 19:30 till 21:30. You can participate by transferring a free contribution (reference is 15 euro) to this account BE44737053592745 , Please add your email address to the transfer information. I’ll use it to send you a zoom link approximately one hour before. If you can’t pay but still want to participate, please tell me about your situation through email at

Session leader: Stijn Smeets is a psychologist, musician, and transspiritual monk. His calling is to bring back the art of loving and dying. Accompanying people in deep, transformative emotions, he lives at the ridges between the conscious and the unconscious, keeping their interaction alive.

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