Benefits of Embracing Your Solitude
Some Alone Time is Good for the Soul
by Joanne Troppello
“To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.” – Jeanne Moreau
I’m an introverted individual, which is a good thing for me since I’m a copywriter who works from home. One way I like to embrace my solitude is to take a walk and enjoy nature. My husband and I are blessed to live in a rural area with country roads that are ideal for walking to embrace alone time and breathe in the nature around you.
Benefits of Embracing Your Solitude
“In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.” – Laurence Sterne
Life is hard; especially with recent events in 2020 and continuing into 2021. It will benefit you if you embrace your solitude and try to find some time alone each day. Yes, we’re all busy. Some have busier lives than others with kids, family obligations, and work. However, even finding 5-15 minutes each day just for yourself will be beneficial to your health and well-being.
When I spend time alone, whether walking or doing Pilates or yoga, I generally use that as a chance to pray and refocus on God.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. – Romans 8:5-6 (NKJV)
I love that passage of scripture. I don’t want to be carnally minded. In my flesh, that’s where all my actions will lead. However, with God’s help, I can become more spiritually minded each day. In Romans 8:6, we read that “to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
We need more peace today than ever before. One way to have that peace is to refocus and be spiritually minded. By feeding your spirit with alone time through prayer, praise, reading the Bible, and listening to worship music—we can embrace our solitude in a positive way—and grow spiritually in our Christian walk.
Spending time alone can alleviate our stress levels each day. Maybe alone time might look like reading a book in your favorite chair at home or taking a relaxing bubble bath.
You can use mindfulness to focus on positive imagery that relaxes you. Meditating on Bible verses can help you to take a breath and remember what is truly important—that God is still in control and in the end He wins.
Taking time to be alone daily, can bring you new revelations and clarification for your life mission. When you quiet the voices of the world, you allow your spiritual radar to be heightened so you can hear what the Lord is speaking to you.
Moreover the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the prison, saying, “Thus says the Lord who made it, the Lord who formed it to establish it (the Lord is His name): ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ – Jeremiah 33:1-4 (NKJV)
This passage is one example where the Word of the Lord came to Jeremiah to share that when you call on Him, He will “show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” If you don’t embrace that time alone, you will likely not receive that clarification from the Lord on things you are asking Him about.
I wrote the following poem while I was on vacation last year in North Carolina with my family. You can read more about that trip in my article, Keep Making the Ascent.
Solitude from Crowding Feet
A place all my own
The peace surrounds me
deep in the forest,
far from any other soul,
a place all my own,
The solace of the forest
speaks to my soul,
a fresh anointing
of peace and love
from up above.
Marvels decorate the path,
gracing the trees,
birds flying, squirrels
Running far from the
steps of people coming
into their wooded home,
I invade their home
in search of a haven
from the steps of
people crowding me.
I run to the peace
I find in the forest,
© Joanne Troppello
Are you someone who embraces your solitude? Have you benefited from time spent alone?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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