14 May 2016
In the ever moving fast paced world, that is the modern day, we at intermittent point of each days need a sort of “break” from everything – people, internet, other people’s idea, popular culture etc. which are often shoved in our faces. The short break we should all take to practice is solitude.
It is no surprise that people have been adopting the quiet life for many reasons, and are beginning to see why it matters a lot in living. While the art of solitude isn’t advocating for a lonely life, an islander life, it only seeks to bring moments of true reflection for ourselves, which for everybody, is important.
“A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.” – A. Schopenhauer
Even though solitude or being alone is almost no stranger to the introverts, it is very possible for extroverted individuals to find that space. However, let’s see why solitude is a must-have pleasure:
- Solitude grounds you: Moving through life superficially is a thing that is common with the fast paced world. Solitude gives you an opportunity to take off the burden of a busy schedule, work, commitment and demand in our daily routines. This in itself isn’t bad but what it does is a grave distraction from the things that really matter. Solitude is a space where we find a centre, an inner core, it grounds your attention to just you and your thoughts, rather than been dragged by environmental distractions. This way, we live life a little more and not life living us.
- Solitude refines your thoughts: Have you ever made good decisions in times of chaos and scattered thoughts? It is evident that the best decisions come in a time of calm. It gives to the pleasure of questioning a lot, which leads to you answering them. Rumi says that “to a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” This reason is why the best prayers are prayed alone. Apart from making decisions, you enjoy a recalibration of thoughts to what really matters to you. Furthermore, you shed off things and ideas that other stuck on you that no longer serves you.
- Solitude inspires creativity: Ask the creators, the writers, the painters, the illustrators, they all have something to say about the gift of being alone and how it greatly influences their work. Drawing from what Rumi said above, ideas are easier to settle in in moments of peace and calm. These days, we have even been advised to let ourself be bored. It is like a telephone, you hear the ideas ring better in a quiet place. Solitude is a catalyst that intensifies your focus, time and energy on your craft. “Without any external distractions, Solitude allows you to dig deep into your thoughts, your sense of beauty, and observe that which is true within you.”– Mateo Sol.
Because it is a rather important topic we should discuss more often, in a second installment, there would be more reasons why solitude should be embraced and ways to cultivate the habit of being alone.