A bit more personal
Solitude doesn’t need to be confining

Spending time on my own used to make me feel rather uneasy and depressed, but these days I actually crave solitude. Today, I would happily argue that moments of solitude are essential to our sense of wellbeing and happiness simply because:

  • It helps us develop a strong sense of self-identity by giving us the mental space to connect with our inner self
  • It allows us to make clear life decisions as it encourages us to tap into our intuition and wisdom
  • It encourages us to find our unique voice and life purpose as it opens up our creative side
  • It forces us to face our fears and anxieties, grow as a person and become our own best friend (the only way to find true inner peace) and
  • Surprisingly, it fosters a deep feeling of connectedness with others and the universe by tuning into our spiritual side.

According to famous artist and author Philip Gilbert Hamerton,

“We need society, and we need solitude also, as we need summer and winter, day and night, exercise and rest.”

To find solitude, we don’t have to be in solitary confinement or lost on a desert island. Here are some some examples of how we can access our ‘secret garden’:

  • Walking in nature
  • Reading self-help books or blogs
  • Keeping a gratitude journal
  • Listening to classical music
  • Looking at old personal photographs
  • Doing something creative such as writing or painting
  • Sitting alone in a crowded place and watch the world go by

English entertainer Anna Neagle summed it up perfectly with,

“No matter how much we love our family and friends, a part of us needs the occasional moment of solitude as a plant needs water. It is the inmost core of each of us that, that part which nobody can define but which we all recognise because it never changes.”

So, let’s savour time ‘alone’ and enjoy our own company!

Christine Clais
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  • Louise
    Mar 04, 2016 (08:09)

    Me too … Love a bit of solitude.
    Loving your posts – Lou xx

    • Christine Clais
      Mar 04, 2016 (17:01)

      Thanks a lot Lou 🙂

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