Solitude to me means peace and quiet. Time to unwind in a sometimes crazy world. I enjoy being with people but there’s something infinitely restful about time to yourself in a quiet space. Whether it’s in nature or at home.
Sometimes when we think of the word solitude we think of being lonely. But there’s many people living on their own who are perfectly happy in their own skin, doing their own thing. In my eyes solitude is a lost art that needs to be embraced.
Like this guy. I don’t know his story but he looks content. Don’t we all need a bit of this? A quiet restful place that soothes the soul and allows us to just be.
Whilst I love being with my family some of my most peaceful moments come when I’m alone. It’s like a form of meditation.
Watching the sun set over the waters of the Eyre Peninsula.
Walking along the banks of the Murray River, alone with my thoughts.
Grounding myself in nature and all the sights, smells and sounds on a forest walk.
Taking a long walk on an empty beach lightens my spirit and brings tranquility.
Even kids need a chance to slow down and appreciate the smaller things.
But we don’t have to be in nature to enjoy the art of solitude. All we need is our own quiet space where we can rest and replenish.
Simple things can bring balance back into our lives. Disconnect from the world for awhile and turn off your devices, especially the phone. Savor a cup of tea or run a long bath. Write or do what ever it takes to makes you happy, listen to music, immerse yourself in a book and focus on the positives in your life.
If nothing else, step outside and lose yourself in the clouds above you.
“I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.” ~Albert Einstein
“You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.” ― Wayne W. Dyer
This is in response to: Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Week 20 – Solitude
It doesn’t take much to achieve a bit of solitude. I hope you can all find some. Wishing you all peace, where ever you are. Today. Just be. And enjoy.