Each of us would love a little spot to go to, no permission needed, just a place for quiet, a place to slow down. Today, take yourself to a site and be silent. Stop and allow yourself to listen. Refrain from chatter and witness the humble qualities of your own silence. There are no expectations when there is calm, but there are suddenly answers realized in gratefulness.
Gratitude is therefore the heart of inner solitude. During this time of lent, many are fasting or practicing some sort of personal penance in hope for an awakening. Give yourself permission to hope for just that, witness an open and contrite heart. The sacrifice you make requires silence and reflection. Personal permission to be humbled.