Our friends at Open Culture featured this lovely short clip about solitude, and how young people need to find ways to maintain or relearn the ability to be alone for well being. Who is Andrei Tarkovsky?

“The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei M. Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan’s Childhood (1962), which won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival.” Read full biography

A 2 minute reflection in Russian with subtitles, you will need to give it your full attention or it will bore you and you will just want to move on without benefitting from his wisdom…if you are feeling impatience and want to move, here is an excerpt:

“This desire to be together in order to not feel alone is an unfortunate symptom, in my opinion. Every person needs to learn from childhood how to spend time with oneself. That doesn’t mean he should be lonely, but that he shouldn’t grow bored with himself because people who grow bored in their own company seem to me in danger…”

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This Daily Stillness has been recycled from previously published ones:

#tds608 Bored with your own company? You may be in danger… (Feb 27, 2017)

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