As we move forward on the path to authenticity, solitude becomes an important part of renewing our energy for the journey ahead. It is our “water break”, a place to catch our breath, where we rest and access a deep well of divine energy.
For me, solitude is a silent journey inward that allows for my soul to become synchronized with a greater source of love. It happens in complete silence and stillness, when my breath becomes fluent with the rhythm of nature. I let go of every thought and feeling – everything that has ever happened – to be in the presence of now.
Eckhart Tolle, author of the The Power of Now, calls this state of being “the isness of life”. He says, “when you say ‘yes’ to the ‘isness’ of life, when you accept this moment as it is, you can feel a sense of spaciousness within you that is deeply peaceful.”
When I close my eyes and think about accessing this place of stillness, or “isness”, I travel inward to the spaciousness of my heart. I envision myself entering gates of a wide open field. Sometimes I see myself walking in tall grass. Other times, I am walking in a sea of wildflowers toward tall trees in the distance. I am alone with my true nature. The flow of my breath moves me through this energetic field.
In this space, nothing else is present – no feelings, no attachments. Nothing clouds my mind or interferes with the frequency of my connection. I am grounded in peace.
Love is a valuable resource
When things are constantly happening in our lives – outside our door, inside our home, at school, at work, online – we often become tired and depleted of our energy. How do we make love when we are so busy making work? Love is not a project that needs work, it is an energy that needs space.
When you access the space of solitude, you let go of control and surrender to being present and loved. It’s like a permission slip to enter The Great Inner Peace, a realm where presence is the great connector to love. You might feel a sense of lightness and a subtle movement of energy, as if you are swaying with the trees and the grass in the field. In my personal experience, it is in this spaciousness – in the sway – that we rest from the outside world so that we return to it renewed and loving.
In the spirit of love and renewal, I invite you to practice solitude. Start by gathering the tools to help yourself. For example, set time aside each day or on the weekend for stillness. Find a quiet space where 10 minutes of silence is possible. Practice finding fluency with your breath through meditation. Practice finding connection to nature by being in it. Go for walks in the woods or by the ocean. Stand in a field or sit under a tree. Feel the earth under your bare feet and imagine you can touch the roots with your toes. Read Mary Oliver’s poetry and visualize yourself in the words.
This is the journey inward and forward to greater connection, authenticity and well-being.
Thank you for being here. Next time, we’ll explore resilience.
Let’s journey together.