"Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude." -Arthur Schopenhauer
Solitude often conjures negative connotations (such as loneliness), however, many great thinkers such as #LaoTzu
, and #Emerson
have championed the intellectual and spiritual benefits of it. #AldousHuxley
profoundly stated, “The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.” However, from birth, we are flooded in studies telling us that we need each other to survive and to be happy. And it’s true, we do. But when we lose the ability to be alone with ourselves, our overstimulated nervous systems suffer from no place to rest and recharge. Spend enough time by yourself and you’ll notice all kinds of thoughts bubble up and pass away. Hateful thoughts. Painful thoughts. Fearful thoughts. Our mind is expert at taking bits of information and creating a storyline. One of those stories is that being alone is so terrifying, anything else is preferable. The thought of making friends with yourself may feel weak or silly. That’s just another form of fear, which has many faces.
is a place where the creative mind can happily and eagerly express itself because when you're able to disengage from the demands of other people and the world around you, you suddenly free up the mental space to focus on things that have been seeking your attention for so long. One can find solitude in meditation, going for long walks in nature, locking yourself away with just a paper and pen, or even embark on a personal retreat. However you choose to experience it, it will teach you to become more spiritually mindful, creative, & see things from truly an independent perspective. As the famous inventor, Nikola Tesla said, "The mind is sharper & keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. Originality thrives in seclusion free outside influencers beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone - that is the secret of invention: Be alone, that is when ideas are born." 💡💭