There is staggering power in leaving the world and heading out into some solitude, for at least an hour every day. Robin Sharma.
Do you ever just want to get away from it all? Not because you’re upset, sad or angry but because you just want to be alone.
I love a solitary walk along the beach. Or a walk in the mountains where it feels as though it’s just me, the whispers of the breeze and the distant chortling of birds for company.
A bit of time alone is healthy for everyone. Even if it’s stepping into the backyard, it’s good to have some space.
Our feathered friends seem to know the benefits of just hanging out. How precious it is to escape the cacophony and chaos for awhile.
Getting away from everything is good for the soul.
I love bushwalking and reaching a peak where it feels as though I’m the only one in the world, where I can lose myself in the stillness of nature.
Even this fella seems to be savouring a quiet drink, where earlier in the day the lake had been so noisy and packed with families paddling round in canoes.
Part of what I love about camping is waking up early and watching the sun rise.
For some reason I struggle to do this at home. But when we’re away and I step outside it feels like the best time of the day, when the world hasn’t quite woken up yet.
A time of quiet contemplation before Mother Nature has a chance to catch her breath.
And in a new day we can choose our actions and better decisions. No matter how rough the day before might have been, another sunrise means fresh possibilities and a chance to try again.
I love being around people although I’m also a bit of an introvert. I prefer small groups, intimate conversations and one on ones.
I’m comfortable in my own company but after awhile, being the massive over-thinker that I am, if I’m alone too long, the balance is tipped the wrong way. Yes, I know, I’m a bit of a contradiction!
Solitude is a gift to our spirit and our self. It’s something we all deserve and yet when life is busy and chaotic it can seem elusive.
But we don’t need a mountain or a beach.
We can find it anywhere if we …
- Wake early and write, give yourself extra time before anyone else is up to reconnect with our desires
- Lose yourself in nature by taking a meditative walk
- Daydream. Indulge in some cloud watching, it’s simple but it gets us in touch with something higher, literally!
- Get rid of the distractions, even just temporarily. Turn off the newsfeeds and leave the phone behind for a change. It’s freeing.
- Read a good book. I’m currently reading True Magic by Dr Wayne Dyer, a book that’s giving me so much positive food for thought.
It’s not always easy but we CAN turn down the noise, even amidst a busy life.
At the end of the day it’s up to us and it’s always our choice.
Be kind to yourself and give your soul the gift of a holiday. Seek out some solitude and you’ll undoubtedly be richer for it.
Light and love to you all as we continue the journey.
In response to The Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude