Sunday, March 26, 2006

Gift of Solitude

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A 'view' of Owl Island
Actually taken near the Antarctic by an unknown photographer

We all need time alone. Even those of us who are social butterflies need some time to ourselves. Solitude is necessary for meditation and quiet reflection. We also may choose to isolate ourselves when we are busy and need to meet a deadline. We may cherish time alone when we want to give ourselves over to art or music, lose ourselves in a good book, or delve into a personal project. Having time to ourselves allows us to focus completely on our yoga practice or get into the zone while running or strength training. Sometimes we need to be alone to simply do nothing but enjoy the sound of silence. Our alone time revitalizes and replenishes us, grounding us in our own company.

Yet, too much isolation, especially when our intention is to hide, withdraw, or not deal with the realities of our lives is not physically, mentally, or spiritually healthy. It is during moments like these when being in isolation takes us away from our lives, rather than enhancing it. If anything, too much isolation can create a buffer whereby we don't have to deal with our problems. Sometimes, pushing ourselves to deal with our issues and be in our lives, rather than isolate, is one of the best gifts we can give to ourselves.

Also, just as it is important for us to have our "alone" time, we need to remember that as human beings, we are by nature social creatures that thrive on human contact. Our lives cannot occur in a vacuum, and we cannot fully live in this world without interacting with others. Consider using isolation as time spent for rest, reinvigoration, and personal growth. Isolation can then not only empower you, but it can allow you to return to your work and your relationships restored and ready for life. from Daily OM

Two of my favourite books are Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton and Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindberg. I have been enjoying the 'solitude' of Owl Island where I have been sketching and spending quality solitary time.

This week consider escaping from the madness of society, take some 'alone time' and share your thoughts and feelings here, at Riversleigh, lwithin the sanctuary of the Lemurian Hermitage or in the Salon du Soul.


At 6:25 PM, Blogger Imogen Crest said...

This is such a great idea. I loved reading this too.

At 4:44 PM, Blogger Leonie Bryant said...

Hi Heather, I'm back and taking a while to 're enter'. This is a stunning photo. It reminds me of the time I have recently spent at Victor harbour in SA. Each morning I arose for my own quiet time to look out the front windows, over the sea to the sunrise. I must post some photos. I get Daily OM and love it.

At 7:57 PM, Blogger Heather Blakey said...

Take your time Leonie and post when you feel so inclined. As one of the stoic travellers of 2005 you have permanent residence here darling. So pleased to hear that Victor Harbour went well. I adore that part of the world and would love to go back.

At 8:11 AM, Blogger Imogen Crest said...

Leonie, good to hear you are around again:-)


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