Spend Time Alone to Rejuvenate Body, Mind, and Soul
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Take Care of Body, Mind, and Soul
The question, "Is it normal to want to be alone," posed by Hub Pages writer Susana S in early March of this year, raised both quick answers and a feeling of compassion in me.
In our current world, people give too little attention to cultivating health of body, mind, and spirit. While it is trendy to care for one’s self among those few who have plenty of money and free time, those people are a very small proportion of humanity.
Most people in this world must work night and day just to make ends meet, and many individuals have no work, which results in extreme poverty and lack of basic human needs such as shelter and food. Those people rarely have time, means, or strength to care for their bodies, minds, and spirits, though it is common knowledge that even the poorest person can appreciate spiritual moments and find solace in self care, just like his/her wealthy brother or sister.
It is sad that most people do not know how important it is to take time alone regularly if one is to create and maintain a healthy body, mind, and spirit. Taking time alone does not mean becoming a hermit or living away from others for extended periods. Loving relationships, family, friends, and associates, are crucial to good health and happiness. Being alone for long periods can result in loneliness and isolation from family, friends, and society. That is counterproductive to health, since we all need loving relationships to flourish. However, everyone also needs some time alone to take stock of and care for one’s body and mind and to focus awareness on one’s spirit and communicate with one’s higher power or God.
Caring for the Body
It is common knowledge that human beings need adequate food, sleep, exercise, and (for those of age) sex to be healthy. Yet, jobs, school, hobbies, and other commitments often demand so much that people neglect taking care of their physical needs. People need to make sure to balance their lives by making time for adequate physical self-care, including bathing, resting, exercise, caring for one’s possessions, monitoring one’s health, and de-stressing—just to name a few of the many important responsibilities we each have to our bodies.
Sometimes people forget how hard they work themselves, making healthy physical routines fly out the window as a result. Often people work multiple jobs, taking stimulants or drinking excessive amounts of caffeinated beverages to get through their workloads, just to pay their bills. When they finish work, they are too exhausted to exercise or for sex. They have little appetite or often eat unbalanced diets or too much food as further stimulus, attempting to power through excessive work. Their bodies are tired and sore from work, even if their job is not primarily physical, and yet quality, adequate sleep often remains elusive, due to irregular schedules, inability to relax, and many other factors that inhibit healthy sleep patterns. Working behind a desk on computer for several hours a day takes a toll on one's circulation, muscle tone, and overall health. Long hours driving to and from work or hassling with public transportation's delays and transfers provide additional stress. It is very important for people to recognize their physical limits and organize their lives so that they can make time to recharge regularly, daily if possible. To organize and regularly practice simple actions like performing yoga or other exercises in the morning, making a healthy breakfast, getting eight hours of sleep, and watching one’s diet requires quite a bit of focus and attention from an individual.
Caring for the Mind
Our minds, too, need time alone. If we constantly interact with others, taking responsibility for others’ problems and concerning ourselves with others’ ideas, desires, and activities, we lose track of our own thoughts or never fully develop them. Reading, researching, writing poetry or prose, playing a musical instrument, and enjoying a solitary hobby such as painting are examples of activities that stretch the mind and provide individuals with inner space and time for reflection, deep thought, philosophical analysis, and other positive, solitary mental activity.
Spiritual activities are often shared with one or many others, such as in church or group meditations. However, the solitary spirit can—and arguably, must—search for and find his/her higher power, or God. The individual spiritual experience is crucial to human development and happiness, and that experience often happens when one is alone. It is easy to nourish one’s spiritual connection with the higher power, and with the entire universe, when alone. This is a commonly lauded experience, the solitary soul communing with God or higher power as that soul strolls alone on the beach, walks in the woods, or sits in sunlight.
Humans should all welcome regular time alone as a means to care for themselves, body, mind, and soul. Our lives would be healthier and happier as a result, and we would have more joy to share with others as well.
Relaxing in Child's Pose (Hatha Yoga)
Listening to Classical Music Can Be Very Relaxing
in the middle of the day
(middle of my life)
I find myself
no companion with whom to converse,
together to read a book, take a class
or just chatter on and on
about anything and everything
pick and chew our way
through huge dinner salads,
a friend to whom I might wish good night
a lover to caress until we fall asleep together
although alone, I am free
to relax, revel, let time slow
until my mind makes sense of things,
until the air streams through my lungs, becoming
blood running through my veins
now healthy red instead of blue,
now filled with oxygen,
infusing me with ease and health,
I sit at my desk
plan dinner, write my thoughts
watch, feel the day unwind around me,
late June sun banks its ferocity until tomorrow,
cool river breezes gently swirl through the room,
mothers call children to supper
shades drawn, mind open to the air,
to the thoughts and lives of all around me,
I am not completely alone
even though no one shares my day,
the world sings and throbs with life around me
I am not afraid
About "Inner Strength"
I wrote "Inner Strength" around 2004, as part of a series of poems; the series is titled, "Sacred Space: Reclamation Project." The idea of creating a sacred space is common to many cultures and spiritual disciplines. Sacred spaces can be used for rejuvenation as well as devotion, creative work, or simple appreciation of a moment in life. "Reclamation Project" refers to reclaiming or restoring one's inner power, life, joy, spirit, balance, etc. As mentioned above in this article, restoring one's inner life is one of the best things to focus upon when taking time alone.