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Find a Place You Can Go To Seek Solitude.



There are lots of reasons to seek time alone and a lot of benefits that come from it. This practice of finding a place to seek peace is as old as time itself. Most creation stories speak of it to some degree about the creation of the world and then the creator resting in solitude to reflect on what has taken place. A time to acknowledge that our lives depend on not only producing but also acceptance. In today's post-modern world of constant connectedness mobile devices extend the domain of the workplace into every part of our lives.


In today's post-modern world of constant connectedness mobile devices extend the domain of the workplace into every part of our lives.


There needs to be a break from this just to maintain one's sanity. You can see it in peoples faces when they pick up their phone and see a text or email from a boss or co-worker that seems so urgent, what just happened you were enjoying yourself just a second ago and snap you are back at work. Then there is the social media piece of it with the constant need to check for feedback, people have become programmed to be multi-tasking anxiety machines. This constant barrage of alerts keeps you in a state of high alert most of the time. Think of the climbers on Mt. Everest, in one of the most formidable places in the world they can whip out a cell phone and call someone to talk about there achievement instead of just reveling in it, the pull of modern technology is that strong. Solitude offers a reprieve from this that will allow you to connect deeper and more fully when you come back from it. Time alone in the woods on a beach or in a quiet room to just connect to yourself, to have a break from the pull of society and a need to produce something. It gives the power to evaluate and adjust or lives. It can teach us how to say no to things and to value our time. It can teach us how to connect with a higher power and find some answers we may be looking for. Or it can be just a break for a few minutes to connect with the breath and be mindful of this gift we are given every day we wake up, life.

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