I am a big fan of solitude and silence. It feels simpler sometimes to be in a space where I can hear my own thoughts and be alone to figure things out. I also find that I am able to access my creativity better because a space opens up where creativeness can flow.
It is definitely a practice to unplug, disconnect, be in silence, and be still. Our world doesn't allow for that very easily these days. In fact, there is a whole market now targeting those who are so busy they can't slow down and be still. Like camps for adults where the whole purpose is to unplug and be with nature. Pretty wild.
I prefer to build it into my daily life. I have been able to carve out time every day to be alone and in a quite space, which is really helpful and rejuvenating even if it is only for 15 minutes.
Try it for yourself and see what happens.
Also below is a poem I wrote when I was in Germany a few years ago living in the silence of winter.
The silence of a morning can be so still,
it stirs you awake without making a sound.
It’s like the silence of a winter storm
descending on Earth.
So still is the explosion, it awakens your soul.
I also find lovely the silence of strangers
as they pass you on the street.
Nothing is exchanged,
except maybe a glance that explains:
"it is too loud inside, otherwise I would say hi.
So much is exchanged even when we don't speak.
Sit still and observe the parallel
between the noise on the outside and the noise within.
Do they match?
Most likely they will.
A silent moment may seem very empty,
but if you listen carefully you can hear a revolution inside.
Next time you are a part of a moment so silent and still,
smile and listen for the explosion within.
We forget the wisdom that is in and around us.
Listen to the trees.
They have been silent for so many years,
yet they can articulate so clearly
a wisdom that we all need.
Appreciate and create silent moments,
for they are rare.
The silence of a morning is so still and so loud,
is can stir you awake without making a sound.
—Hamburg, Deutschland Feb. 19, 2011
How do you find solitude and silence?
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