Zen Habits has a great post today praising solitude. There’s been a lot on what I might refer to as my “mindfulness blogs” about solitude, and while I’ve been in agreement with their sentiments, I’ve also been skeptical because I’m a very social person. However, after experiences the past several days that have required turning the other cheek and learning from past mistakes, these benefit of solitude listed by Leo Babauta in this article particularly resonated with me:

  • time for thought
  • in being alone, we get to know ourselves
  • we face our demons, and deal with them
  • space to create
  • space to unwind, and find peace
  • time to reflect on what we’ve done, and learn from it
  • isolation from the influences of other helps us to find our own voice
  • quiet helps us to appreciate the smaller things that get lost in the roar

Last night I took an hour-long walk, barefoot, around the moonlit town. It was great. I’m going to try to create more solitude in my life. Join me! It’ll be fun!

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