Updated: Jan 1, 2020
People might be surprised to learn that I am a natural introvert. Solitude and silence are my confidants. I’ve always preferred time alone versus being in large, loud groups. As a child, I spent quite a bit of time alone reading, thinking, playing quietly with my Barbies, or being outside roller skating. I never felt alone or isolated. I enjoyed and needed that quiet time. Even though I liked being alone, I also enjoyed spending time with my friends. Fast forward to adulthood and I still crave those moments of blissful solitude.
“I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
We live in an extraverted culture where introverts are considers weird, strange and odd. If you prefer a quiet night at home reading a book, some people will think you’re anti-social or rude. Yeah, they are probably extraverts. For me, like most introverts, it find that I need that quiet time at the end of the day to help me recharge my batteries and be ready for the next day. It is important for me to be present for each client and/or class that I teach. I love what I do and I do this willing and lovingly. So it’s important to me, that at the end of the day to go home to my sanctuary and be quiet.
Is any of this resonating with you? Maybe you’re a fellow introvert that craves more solitude is your life. Perhaps you’ve found yourself stuck in the proverbial “rat race” and feel overwhelmed, out of sorts or are experiencing a lack of energy. Perhaps you’re an extravert that occasionally finds that some quiet time is oddly relaxing and enjoyable. I think we all can find joy in solitude.
“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” ~ Ram Dass
Let me clarify what kind of solitude I’m talking about. I’m not talking about solitude confinement. I’m talking about that quiet time to take a hike, walk in nature, read a book, listen to music, meditate, reflect on life and/or think about your life. This is the time to recharge your batteries, get quiet and listen to your inner self. Become one with the flow of life. There a cadence to nature, Earth and the energy that surrounds us. It’s this hum of life that you notice only when you are quiet.
That hum of life breathes new energy into us. There is utmost joy to be found in the simplicity of solitude. To be present in the moment, mindful of nothing more than what is happening right here and now. Allowing your mind to wander without judgment or critique. To give a stage to your creative self to notice whatever thought processes wander through your mind. In order for us to live in a fast-paced culture, we must allow some time for solitude.
“Solitude is the soul’s holiday, an opportunity to stop doing for others and to surprise and delight ourselves instead.” ~ Katrina Kenison
So I implore you introverts and extraverts alike to take sanctuary in solitude. Allow yourself the pleasure of some meaningful quiet time to take a walk, a hike, garden, read a book, meditate in the sun or simply do nothing. Allow some quiet in this hectic life we lead to return to the basics of simplicity. To turn off the all the over-stimulating gadgets and find some joy in being quiet.
Until we meet again, live vibrantly, in solitude, my Friends!