Many people are experiencing loneliness due to this pandemic. While feeling lonely is a normal, manageable experience, it’s not to be confused with feeling alone—which is a sign that you may have more inner work to do.

Loneliness vs. aloneness.

Loneliness is the feeling you get when you want to connect with someone, such as your partner, and either there is no one to connect with, or your partner is unavailable for connection.

Loneliness can feel like a very hard feeling to feel, and there is a very good reason for this. When we were infants, if we cried and no one came, we could have died, so many of us subconsciously associate the feeling of loneliness with death. As children, we learn to do many things to cover over this feeling, such as:

While loneliness is about wanting to connect with someone when there is no one available to connect with, alonenessis the empty or hollow feeling you get when you have abandoned yourself in any of the ways described above. It can sometimes feel like floating in space with no tether.

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