Making the most of solitude
Sharing something that I have experienced and benefited tremendously from. In fact, books can be written about this topic, though I’ll only focus on the surreal, subtle and not-so-subtle benefits of solitude.
First and foremost, let’s clarify one common misconception — solitude isn’t loneliness.
Spending time alone in introspection, contemplation, preparation and sometimes doing nothing is quite an important ingredient to lead a fuller life. Greatest men & women of our times do that often, from Bill Gates to Saina Nehwal spend quality time to review, re-energise and re-prioritize.
Studies have indicated, if solitude observed in the right way, does wonders. Sharing some self experienced benefits below -
- It provides the mind a much needed break from distractions, helps recoup from the constant demands of modern world and prepare for idea germination.
- Tremendously help us get in touch with realities and vulnerabilities.
- Bring back focus to what’s important in life thus a great tool to help us prioritize.
- Develop deep connect with inner self, helps dealing with our emotional stuff that have been brushed under the carpet, as a result we end up with better EQ.
- Provides clarity of thought that may lead to path breaking and life changing decisions.
I’ll emphasize once again, unlike what’s been made believe — Solitude is precious ! Spending time alone makes us face the real issues, it helps distance core from chaff.
I recommend you to take that ‘me time’ out at the first possible opportunity. You won’t regret it. I promise.