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“Solitude matters, and for some people, it’s the air they breathe.” ~ Susan Cain
Solitude seems to be a lost art in these days of ultra-connectedness.
But it is an absolute necessity.
I am sitting in the sand facing the ocean. Alone.
The wind is caressing my skin, asking silently for permission to carry my thoughts across the sea. My mind becomes crystal clear, still, contemplating …
In being alone, I get to know myself, I have time for original thoughts, to generate my own ideas, time to be creative, to reflect, to find my own voice …
Fitting in, for me, is sometimes difficult. Being an introvert, playing along in the usual games of society and immersing in countless conversations, dancing from one topic to another, leaves me exhausted.
I’m also extremely sensitive. I can feel you, which is not always something I desire. I can see emotions hiding in the shadows of your eyes. I need a break from that every now and then.
So I will sit and listen to the wind. Write. Meditate. Read in a sunspot and recharge my heart. Dipping my mind into the endless ocean of unspoken possibilities and sipping the solitude like a creamy latte, savoring each moment.
Letting my mind escape into a daydream, drifting away from the moment.
Daydreaming is the doorway to creativity, problem-solving and even to the realisation of your potential. Your daydreams reveal innermost hopes, desires and fears you might not even have been aware of. Daydreaming is actually a powerful method of subconscious visualization. Pay attention what you dream about.
Unplug and get inside your own head a little more often. Deep thoughts, the precious seeds for uniqueness, originate from stillness. Give yourself a chance to tap into your immense potential. Let the breeze carry all the litter in your mind away.
Now go to the wilderness, have your own revelations ;-)!
I loved how in this TED Talk Susan Cain argues how introverts and book lovers bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.
Be afraid of the quiet ones. They are the ones who actually think.