There is nothing like a hit of solitude to help you sort out what’s important in life. – Michel Moushabeck
From, Kilimanjaro: A Photographic Journey to the Roof of Africa
On a busy workday morning I was standing on a street in New York City awaiting my ride to the airport. The noise of the city was loud. People passed before me and I wondered, ‘How many of them are plugged into a phone call, music, text message or email?’ So I began to observe. I noticed that approximately 1 out of every 4 people were plugged in.
I began to think about how little time people spend with their thoughts, noticing where they actually are in the present moment. I wondered, ‘What is the cost of so little solitude? How do people nourish a connection with themselves if solitude is eliminated from their lives?’
When did you last experience a dose of solitude to sort out what’s important in your life?
Inspired Life Exercise: Solitude
- For the next week spend time in solitude to listen to your thoughts, clear your mind, and choose thoughts that support your inspired life.
- Aim for 20 minutes at a time, if this is too challenging begin with 5 minutes.
- What do you notice when you allow time for a daily dose of solitude?
Today’s Power Statement: Solitude is my ally, offering me the opportunity to connect with me, listen to the still small voice within and to sort out what is important in my life.