Why a Human being needs Solitude

Human beings need solitude. Although we are a social species and we love the company of others we, at the same time, need to be by ourselves. We cannot be around each other for twenty hours a day because it can become stifling and choking. We all need that space in order for us to be able to breathe and to think clearly. If we are in each others pockets twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, then it would feel like walls closing in on us…crushing us..

Solitude is something that we all crave from time to time. Solitude helps to recharge our batteries, and it also helps to gather our thoughts. In solitude we are free to work those thoughts out and to prepare ourselves for whatever is to come. In this technological age in which contact with people is ever-present, through text, phone, or email, then it is good to be able to put all of that technology to one side. It is good to go out ‘naked’ so-to-speak, naked without all of our technological gadgets that we carry with us.

To go to a park, to sit by a river, or go for a walk into the countryside, with just ourselves for company, is one of the greatest things we can do. As mentioned above, by doing such things, it can help to recharge our batteries. We are left in peace to think, and in such cases come to the answers we may be looking for. Being around trees, grass, flowers, and the birds, or being near a lake, or the ocean, or even being in contemplation within the confines of a church, can bring us closer to ourselves. We are able to ‘find’ ourselves again, within all the hustle and bustle of the city.

Sometimes we can become so lost within the city that we lose sight of just what is important. We can be hounded and disturbed by so many people that we feel like screaming. The pressure of city life, of always having people around us, [whether they be friends, family or work colleagues] can become too much.

And even finding a spare room where we are able to go off for an hour or two, just to get ‘in touch’ with ourselves, can be so hard to do. This is why solitude is so very important to the growth of the human mind and spirit on this earth. We all need that space to be able to ‘connect’ not just with nature, but with ourselves too. We all have in-built valves that, when they are full to bursting, need releasing.

This is why the countryside, with its trees and flowers, and being near water such as ponds, lakes, rivers, or the ocean, is so vital in the way we can connect with ourselves again.  Walking in the rain by ourselves can bring us solitude, as can sitting within a place of worship. it is each person to their own, and what each person feels comfortable with.

Have you never noticed how tranquil you feel when you hear the sound of water running over pebbles? Or when you hear the tides moving in and then out. Or when you hear the sound of the breeze through the trees? All of these things and more, help us to redefine ourselves again on this earth.

They help, in some way, to explain our existence upon this world because we are all part of nature. Like the trees, the flowers, the oceans, and rivers. Like the wind, the rain, the sun and moon, we are all part of it all. When we feel those things, and view those things, within our own solitude, then we are ready to face anything that this life can throw at us.

But if we are constantly caught up in the ‘rat race’ of society, and it seems that we can never get away, never escape from that society, for even a few moments, then that is when mental breakdowns can occur. So, we seek out those things, we seek out solitude because we NEED solitude in our lives.

In fact, finding peace in nature is essential to our well-being. For it heals the mind and prepares us for those pressures that we will undoubtedly face in the future. It is vitally important that every human being finds their own bit of space, their own peace of mind and nature with her healing powers,helps us constantly. The energy we can gain from nature in referene to the healing of the mind, cannot be overestimated.

It is vitally important to every single human being to be able to find that solitude, because only then, are we able to face whatever life throws at us. And this can only happen, once we have sorted out those problems within our own minds, in peace and quiet…in fact, in solitude.

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