There is a moving story told about Carl Jung, the psychiatrist, and one of his patients, a clergyman. Jung had suggested that his patient needed to take some time for silence and solitude each day.
The clergyman, believing he was doing just that, set aside an hour each day, closed his study door, turned on soft music, and picked up a book to read. When he did not improve, he returned to see Jung. After he had explained what he was doing, Jung commented, "You have not been in silence and solitude. You have been spending your time with various musicians and authors. Why are you not willing to spend one hour each day with the self you inflict on others the rest of the day?" (John Westerhoff in Spiritual Life: The Foundation for Preaching and Teaching (p. 34)