‘Solitude Is The Soul’s Holiday’
Okay, there was a time long ago, that I had completely ‘lost myself’. I had been so pre-occupied with my 4 children, husband, family, 4 pets and my mile long ‘to do’ list that anything I had wanted or needed had gone out the door. I was stressed to the max and in distress in my life.
Funny I’m at that point again in my life… ( Note to self: It’s a sign that you need to listen to your inner wisdom and that major changes need to be made)
.. Anyways this inner distress eventually led to complete burnout, so I was forced to stop, rest and change.
For the first time in my life I had to get help.. help to look after my 4 children and help with my home and my daily ‘to do’ list.
One of the first things I learnt from being unwell was that my husband was an incredibly selfish man ..
… and that I was incredibly self-less woman (a.k.a – a complete martyr and doormat)..
During the many months I spent recovering it was in the solitary moments that I found myself again.
I began to remember what I ‘liked’, what I was really passionate about and what I really needed to be happy and fulfilled. I had the time to really listen to that still quiet voice inside me that was pushing me to ‘remember who I was’.
I was forced by illness into that quietude, and now over the time and years solitude is something I need every day. It is an opportunity for me to connect with my inner wisdom, my thoughts and my soul.
The challenge is that sometimes I don’t want to know or hear what my soul/ inner wisdom is ever so gently trying to tell me .. often I mess it up :o)
So the lessons .. well as usual I had many ..
.. but most important was time alone and reconnection to self is essential to my wellbeing.
Enjoy this article below on ‘The Lost Art of Solitude’
Quote ~ Maya Angelou
Solitude can be a much-to-be-desired condition.
Not only is it acceptable to be alone, at times it is positively wished for.
In silence we listen to ourselves and in the quietude we may even hear the voice of God.
“I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers.” ~Henry David Thoreau
The Lost Art Of Solitude