One of the biggest fears we may harbor about simplifying our lives is that we will have too much quiet alone-time on our hands. Boredom, loneliness, melancholy, sleepiness, stagnation, and restlessness may loom as larger threats than free-floating anxiety about our overflowing calendars. Without external distraction, we may worry that internal stimuli may be insufficient to hold our own fickle attention. The aversion underlying this is that silence will mean helpless emptiness, that being alone will mean restless panic.

Richard Mahler, Stillness