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Savour Some Solitude

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.” ~Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Here’s a question… when last, if indeed ever, have you gone to watch a movie on your own or had a cup of coffee by yourself in a bustling coffee shop? Do you enjoy being alone?

Stats show that only 20% of people enjoy their own company and don’t experience being alone as negative. The fear of being alone prompts people to seek out noise and crowds of people. Today’s technology makes it easy for us to hardly ever be confronted with silence. Our diaries reflect this too, with every possible time slot in every possible working day booked, sometimes months ahead.

Ironically, what we need in our overstimulated lives is time alone. Time to get away from the din of the crowds, time to be still and recalibrate. We have to get away from people at times so that we can really be there for people when we are among them. But how do you find the time to just be? To experience inner calm, to make becoming still part of your daily existence?

We have to find time in our busy days to use to our advantage. We must make time to be still, to connect to our true selves either through quiet contemplation, prayer or meditation.

Seize time every day! It could be the blissful quiet moments before the house wakes up, the snail pace journey to work in peak traffic, sitting in the dentist’s waiting room or appreciating your flowers in your garden…

It is this one-to-one conversation with ourselves that makes us aware and reminds us to listen better and live better.

“We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly… spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.” ~Susan L. Taylor