Monday, June 6, 2011

Challenge #13: Solitude

As humans we tend to be social creatures, but there are times when we need to be by ourselves – to be alone, but not lonely. For some solitude equates to isolation and despair and to others it equates to reflection and time to be with our thoughts.

Reflect on how you are when you are alone. Try to determine if you are comfortable or uncomfortable with being on your own.

What does solitude mean to you? Is it isolation or is it reflection? How do you react when you are by yourself? Do you distract yourself with email, housework, text messaging, or TV? Do you surround yourself with noise? Do you sit and reflect on all that has been going on mulling it over in your head? Do you surround yourself with quiet?

In what ways do you embrace solitude or push it away?


Rosie said...

I need it, I do run with a lot of quiet own being time; but yes its easy, esp if youve grown up with a lot of people and noise around you, to feel that lots of noise and talking and things going on are more normal than the stillness. It takes a while to learn to be happy with the ordinary beauty of nothing much going on. Once I'm here, in that tender space, I want to guard it. Its getting there, allowing myself to come back to 'no doing', no rushing and being, that takes time sometimes. But if I don't have solitude, I am way less in myself, no time for being with the being that feeds the being that I am!

Erin Keane said...

Here is my response:
Nature AND Nurture

Ada G. said...

I sing in solitude.