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An Inward Turn

solzhenitsyn“The turn toward inward development, the triumph of inwardness over outwardness, if it ever happens, will be a great turning point in the history of mankind, comparable to the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.”

This passage is from a very provocative essay by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, Repentance & Self-Limitation in the Life of Nations.  He wrote it in 1973.  While the essay is about geopolitics of redemption and ascetic nationalism, this passage applies to anyone of us, individually.  An inner revolution is the only bloodless revolution – any other kind comes with social upheaval, which inevitably defeats the very purpose of any social/societal upgrade.

An Inward Turn

Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Somov has conducted numerous workshops on mindfulness-related topics and appeared on a number of radio programs. Somov's book website is and his practice website is

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).

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Somov, P. (2015). An Inward Turn. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 7, 2019, from


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