Each separate being in the universe returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.
Lao-Tse, Tao Te Ching (chapter 16)
One of the reasons I was excited about moving to Westray was the possibility of becoming closer to something, to gain some kind of insight.
You could call it nature, perhaps the 'common source', or what Joseph Campbell calls the 'Great Mystery'. Perhaps it is contact with Bennett's conscious energy that passes through us all always, but is rarely noticed. How might one gain insight into the mystery?
According to Genesis 1:2, the earth began as void before, 'the Spirit of God moved over the surface of the waters', causing movement. I liken this to the movement of the mind. From where does this wandering arise, and why?
[Compare this with Vishnu floating on the cosmic sea, dreaming reality into existence. How is it that we believe we participate in dreams?]
In yoga, one aims to stop the wandering of the mind, but might the work be in working towards a life of stillness, a return to serenity?
Silence may provide the stillness through which we might notice higher energies working through us. PD Ouspensky suggests we may all benefit from breaking the 'habit of talking'.
There is serenity in immersing oneself in nature - in the whole of which we are a part - and 'Taking time to linger in those moments that we become fascinated in objects.' (JG Bennett)
There is a danger of grasping for insight. Insight may come if we remain, as Heidegger noted, 'open to the mystery'. The waves, in their natural rhythm, bring the sea towards us.
After all this solitude, I have found serenity from being able to spend more time with those I love, a return to the source of family. This is truly a gift. As Pierre Lacout suggests:
In this inward quiet, the soul must not be concerned with thinking much, but with loving much.
[Thank you Mike for inspiring me to write something...]