Do you enjoy quiet reflection ?
How important is solitude to you ? How often do you need alone time ? Could you be a recluse ?
This is a bittersweet question; is it okay to be a recluse? I love moments of solitude. It seems like these moments of alone time are the only moments that you're mind can relax and you can truly reflect. When I am in nature... sitting by the water and it's beauty, deep in the woods, in the middle of a field, overlooking landscape... I have the urge to cry. These are not tears of sadness but just moments of being free and letting it go!
Solitude is greatly important to me, and I need regular time to think alone in peace. I'm certainly an introvert, and I like to spend time quietly reading, writing or simply thinking. In fact, these activities are essential to my wellbeing. However, family and friends enrich my life considerably, and I couldn't imaging living a reclusive life.
Do salmon swim upstream?
"In wilderness is the preservation of the world."
Frequently. Some days more frequently than others.
Does a bear, like... you know!"
I not only "enjoy," quiet reflection, I find it as necessary to my life as air and water. I do need alone time and firmly believe we ALL do, whether we regularly indulge or not. It's been said more than once that I might make the perfect recluse.....which is really not a "bad" thing, you know.....There's a time for peace and quiet, to go "within,"....and theres' a time for sharing with others....."For everything....turn turn turn....there is a season.......and a time for every purpose...."
I feel so deeply about this that starting at around 2 years old I teach it to my children. Especially city folk find it hard to do. I do it with my congregation. Just sit breathe and do not move. Be alone here and now. Of course truly alone is more fun. In deep meditation we learn to put a circle of awareness around us. If we narrow it, we can experience alone in a crowd.
Funny I go to wilderness or nature for thought and relaxation and light walking meditations and prayer. But I have never ever felt alone there. That time is more like a group hug.
thank you for emphasizing this very healthy thing to do.
I adore solitude! Being alone is important to me. If I see a friend it's one every other day, moderation. Leaving the house is a trip. It took me months to think about work as a non-stressful event even though I sit at a desk. Now being a total recluse? No. Every few days, it's healthy to see people.
I love being alone and can find so much to do. I could go days without seeing another person. My husband hates being alone and sometimes it gets stressful for me when he won't let me have alone time. I get to praying that he will go take a nap. I guess I am a semi-recluse because I do enjoy people when I am around them. I just need more alone time whenever I can get it.
I do enjoy solitude, I like quiet reflection, that's how I find solutions, feel blessed, relax and create ideas.
But I couldn't be a recluse; as a lifelong teacher I am used to social contacts and the exchange of ideas with other people, so stimulating!
Yes, many types of quiet reflection are important to me. My favorites are: time sitting, swimming, or walking at the ocean beach; zen meditation; various other esoteric meditations, writing and letting the words flow. And yes, I'm close to a recluse (in the best sense) as it is, and if - Heaven forbid - my wife passed away, I probably would become a hermit if I could arrange it.
Oddly enough, I'm an extravert in personality. But the deep power of silence has taken over over the years.
That sounds amazing Sid but I hope you don't try to time sit, swim, walk about on the ocean beach, Zen meditate and write all at the same time because you may just drown.
Oh, AslanLight! That's what I've been doing wrong (glug, glug)!
Yes, especially when it's hilarious! I get my best comedy moments when I'm in solitude.
Yes especially when I'm in the middle of a crisis.
I go outside and just sit and watch nature in her own time.
It helps me realize only nature can calm me when I have to make a hard decision or when I'm stressed to the max.
It's nice to see the birds building their nest and to hear the quiet,
It allows my brain to relax.
My favourite quiet reflection is sitting by the beach and watching the sun set. It gives me peace of mind.
"True solitude" is the only way we can experience true happiness and communicate with our true self - our Soul. And its the best way to recharge and heal the body. This is why we feel happy, calm, peaceful, energetic, relaxed, less stressed after having a deep dreamless sleep. Also being solitude in a good place especially in natural surrounds helps a lot in reducing stress and making one feeling relaxed, serene and happy without a cause. And for me this is the best time i get good ideas and answers to those mind-bogging questions and its my first line remedy for stress and fatigue. If you practice solitude every day, you will soon find yourself more happier and less stressed. And take note, during your solitude time try as much as you can not to think about bad things or serious things like business and the like rather, try to reflect on the simple nice things you have had in life or put your focus on something nice in your surrounding - a nice flower, a small bird in the tree, water, hills in the distance and the like. With this, you get the best results of being in solitude.
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