Cherishing time alone with yourself is beneficial to your health, happiness and well-being. It also gives you the opportunity to tune in, reflect and cultivate self-awareness so you can bring your life into alignment with your true essence. Spending time alone assists you in nurturing a relationship with yourself which is key to creating a balanced and fulfilled life.
As difficult as it is in your busy life to take time to be alone, you must give yourself permission to recharge, rejuvenate and restore and push the restart button. Solitude and introspection will assist you in understanding yourself more and tuning in to your connection with a divine source. When you are alone, you can hear your own inner wisdom without distraction and care for yourself in ways that you aren’t able to when you are with other people. Time alone gives you the necessary break from the “have tos” of your brain and allow you to tune in to the “want tos” of your heart. In sacred space, you can begin to focus and tend to your own needs .
First, make an effort to nurture an introspective relationship with yourself. If you find that taking time alone is challenging, try starting with a small dose each day. Just begin with five minutes at the beginning and end of each day. Each day, try to amp it up by a minute or more until you reach an hour. Once you practice being alone, you will find it comes more naturally in time.
Next, spend time every day in quiet reflection whether walking in nature, sitting in a garden, soaking in a tub, looking out of the window or journaling your innermost thoughts and feelings. Create this sacred space to go within, listen to your innermost feelings and discover your center.
Finally, when sitting quietly touch the center of your chest and direct your attention from your head to your heart. Bring your focus to the inhale and exhale of your breathing. Breathe in light and love and feel your heart expand and then, exhale negative thoughts and emotions. Observe the ricochet of thoughts and let them move through your awareness. Then, focus your attention to your heart again.
A balanced life begins from within and radiates outward to all aspects of your life. So taking time to be with yourself is at the core of creating and sustaining alignment with your heart, your being and your soul’s journey.