, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp 771–773 | Cite as

Using Mindfulness and Insight to Transform Loneliness

  • Edo ShoninEmail author
  • William Van Gordon

It is probably fair to say that most people experience different degrees of loneliness at some point in their lives. This could be a short-lived sensation of loneliness that lasts for only a few minutes whilst waiting alone at an old and run-down train station, or it could be a more chronic and deep-seated form of loneliness that lasts for many years following a relationship breakup or a death of a loved one. Although these two different forms of loneliness affect people in very different ways, from the Buddhist perspective, their underlying causes are deemed to be the same.

According to Buddhist philosophy, any kind of psychological pain, distress, or confusion arises due to us developing very entrenched and mistaken views about exactly who and what we think we are. In other words, because we continuously reinforce our sense of self and become highly involved with our self-preservation, we construct and then harbour various ideas about what we think will make us happy. Generally...


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We would like to thank Jacki Sein for her feedback on an earlier version of this manuscript. Some of the themes in this article have been adapted and expanded from content that originally appeared on the authors' meditation blog (

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Psychology, Chaucer BuildingNottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK

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