Chad & Bekah Stewart April 27, 2015 Solitude, Community & True Self. Chad & Bekah Stewart April 27, 2015 To understand true self - which knows who we are in our inwardness and whose we are in the larger world - we need both the interior intimacy that comes with solitude and the otherness that comes with community...Solitude does not necessarily mean living apart from others; rather, it means never living apart from one’s self. It is not about the absence of other people - it is about being fully present to ourselves, whether or not we are with others.Community does not necessarily mean living face-to-face with others; rather, it means never losing the awareness that we are connected to each other. It is not about the presence of other people - it is about being fully open to the reality of relationship, whether or not we are alone. — Parker Palmer, "A Hidden Wholeness"