The great omission in American life is solitude; not loneliness, for this is an alienation that thrives most in the midst of crowds, but that zone of time and space free from outside pressure which is the incubator of the spirit. — Marya Mannes, author and critic

Life is busy and others constantly surround us. When others do not surround us, we are still on our phones interacting and communicating. Taking time to have moments to yourself, even as brief as a few deep breaths, can make a huge difference in your life and day.

According to Psychology Today there are some huge benefits to find moments of solitude:

  • It allows you to reboot your brain and unwind
  • It helps you increase productivity and increase concentration
  • It helps you find your own voice
  • It helps you work through problems more effectively
  • It can enhance the quality of your relationships

With MunSun Retreats I am often traveling with groups. It is so fun to travel and share new experiences with groups of people. However, I have found that taking a few moments of solitude throughout the trips is imperative for me to be the best version of myself and make sure my energy is right for the day. I thought I would share what I do to get those moments of solitude when I am traveling with people.

  • A simple step is to wake up a little earlier than everyone else. Grab coffee and have that moment of solitude.
  • Disconnect and turn off the TV and put the phone and Ipad away. This for me is a huge help to enjoy a moment and let my mind quiet.
  • Water! This may be one that is just personal to me or is really only relevant to traveling but getting in the water. Whether that is taking a shower or bath or jumping into an ocean or lake. Even if you are swimming with others, something about floating in the water gives me that moment of peaceful solitude.

Share how you get moments of solitude throughout your day!