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Challenges in religious and spiritual life

Unfettered: The Quest for Solitude and Wide Open Spaces

I started driving off into the desert and wanted to just keep on going, away from everyone and everything. Last year I blogged about this experience and found that many readers resonated with this desire to escape. A few weeks ago I had a chance to take another drive into the desert. I looked back: Had I been able to follow my own recommendations from that earlier entry? Read More

Relocate for your soul's health

I have found that living (?) in close proximity to many others is not the way I thrive. I live in the Arizona desert and every walk, every drive is therapeutic. Perhaps you might also find that the quality of life is more important than the quantity of social contacts also Dr.Exline. With technology allowing more and more "electronic co-location" that can be used to reduce our need to physically live close to work and family, there is an increasing opportunity to distance ourselves from the negative impact of urban life.

Relocate for your soul's health

I have found that living (?) in close proximity to many others is not the way I thrive. I live in the Arizona desert and every walk, every drive is therapeutic. Perhaps you might also find that the quality of life is more important than the quantity of social contacts also Dr.Exline. With technology allowing more and more "electronic co-location" that can be used to reduce our need to physically live close to work and family, there is an increasing opportunity to distance ourselves from the negative impact of urban life.

Thanks so much for writing.

Thanks so much for writing. Sounds like you have found a great balance there in the desert. I would love to be able to consider this sort of option later in my life.

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Julie Exline, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

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