The Search For Inner Peace

Throughout time man has searched for a balance of harmony within himself. This inner peace came be obtained from almost anywhere. For Gretel Ehrlich, her perfect spirituality was found in Wyoming. This does not mean that inner peace can be found in Wyoming but it does suggest that inner peace can be found in different places for everyone. “The Solace of Open Spaces” tells of what brought on Ehrlich’s inner peace. It was the openness, the love of the seclusion that allowed Ehrlich to obtain peace within.
“Sagebrush covers fifty-eight thousand square miles of Wyoming. The biggest city has a population of fifty thousand, and there are only five settlements that could be called cities in ...

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leave.” (Ehrlich 156). Ehrlich was drawn to the vastness of nothing. Later in the essay she says, “Its absolute indifference steadied me.” (Ehrlich 157)
Without the presence of fellow people, one must look into oneself for company. It is here when one is able to look into oneself and find harmony in one’s life. As a resident of Wyoming, Ehrlich is able to almost meditate much like monks and Buddhists. From personal experience I have found that much like Ehrlich solitude in an open area helps me think about problems troubling me and allows me to look into myself. Ehrlich shows just how solitude can effect a person.
After I had been herding sheep for only three days, the sound of the camp tender’s pickup flustered me. Longing for human company, I felt a foolish grin take over my face; yet I had to resist an urgent temptation to run and hide. (Ehrlich 158)
Although she longed for human companionship the peacefulness of solitude was something she wanted to keep almost ...

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