What’s stopping us from our joy in relationships, our creativity, and our peace of mind? One surprising answer, in this age of alienation, is a lack of solitude. Significant alone time, it turns out, is a capable need and an essential tonic in today’s busy world. Without a doubt, isolation permits us to associate with others in a far wealthier manner.
Why we need this?
We live in a society that worships independence yet genuinely fears alien environment: our generation is sped-up and over connected. Cellular phones now extend the domain of the workplace into every part of our lives; religion no longer provides a place for quiet retreat. We mainly depend on mobiles to stay connected with each other. In another, more profound way, we are terminally out of touch. The need for absolute and constructive aloneness has gotten utterly lost, and, in the process, so have we.
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What do we get from it?
Being alone gives us the power to regulate and adjust our lives. It can teach us determination and the ability to satisfy our needs. A restorer of energy, the stillness of individual experiences provides us with much-needed rest. It brings forth our longing to explore, our curiosity about the unknown, our will to be an individual, our hopes for freedom. Alone but happy time is fuel for life.
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Is being alone the answer to everything?
Both the need to be alone and to engage others are essential to human happiness and survival, with equally provocative claims. Mother Nature gives aloneness a high priority: sleep is nature’s way of ensuring solitude. But given the rise in the number of sleep-disorder cases and the sale of soporific drugs, even this one primary outlet for aloneness is in trouble.
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Our mistake is in presuming that aloneness and attachment happen with conditions. In psychology; “time out” has been mean as a coping strategy, as an emotional breather. Some people think of “being alone” as a bad thing. It either means you’re anti-social, or unwanted, neither of which are a good position to be. In truth, each profoundly enhances the other. So, let’s discover the joys of solitude.