17:21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
To go out into the wilderness alone can be a daunting thing. Many of us go through our daily living afraid of being alone with ourselves. We avoid the quiet by turning on the television or listening to podcasts, bringing the voice of someone else into the room. Seldom do we spend any time alone and quiet. The wilderness within is too scary a place.
In the poem How to be Alone, Tanya Davis gives us a map toward building comfort with aloneness. Sit in a library, sit at the lunch counter to eat alone, then she says up the ante and take yourself to a fancy dinner. Alone does not have to mean lonely.
Meditation increases in a similar fashion. Sit on the cushion for 2 minutes, then 5, then 10, and reach for 30. Count your breath, let yourself just sit there, try to let go of the inner chatter that keep you distracted from the wild within.
The wild which is the spark of the divine, the kingdom of God within us. We do not need to go out into a desert for 40 days to find the Sacred. We need only take a breath and make room.