"In solitude your dependence dies and your capacity to really love is born."
Time alone, silence, stillness, peace, solitude and no interruptions. What images does solitude conjure up for you?
It is important that we spend regular time alone, but many of us avoid it for a whole gamut of reasons.
Some of us are scared of the feelings and thoughts arising when we are alone and we require constant distraction from these. In our society, we tend to search to be constantly stimulated, and so when there is nothing to do, we are bored. We are bored, only because we haven’t learnt how to be alone, and what to do with our thoughts and feelings. Most of us haven’t found the beauty of silence yet.
The Australian Aboriginals know the importance of time alone. We refer to their solo journeys as ‘going walkabout’. The true reasons why they do this can really only be understood by their people. However, it is clear they spend time alone to connect with themselves, the land and their ancestors. I once heard a quote by an aboriginal. He said: “We go walkabout; white guys
go to a psychiatrist”.