How comfortable are you with your own company? Do you look forward to “escaping the crowd” to spend time alone? Would prefer to have others around so you are not be alone? What does solitude mean to you? Does it provide a reflective time to think? Is it a scary place that brings out fears and regrets? Is solitude a place to practice mindfulness, away from stress and outside opinion? Could stress and other opinions intrude on the peace of your solitude?
Is solitude a challenge for you? If you were to describe your alone time, what one word would you choose? Joy? Fear? Anger? Lonely? Reflective? Contemplative? Calm? Restless? Of the thousands of possible responses for this question, which would fit you best?
“The whole value of solitude depends upon oneself; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it.”
― John Lubbock
Can we or would we like to change our perceptions of solitude? How would we do that? Is our perspective on being alone something we control? Would we like to to grow and develop during our times of solitude? Is it enough for it to be a time of escape from the world?
How do you feel after a time without the presence of others in person or on a device? Is this time something you want more often? Or would less solitude be preferable for you?