52 Ways for More Serenity in Life and Home :: practice solitude (week #11)

After a refreshing weekend with writing, blogging friends — ones who understand this homeschool mama, blogger mama juggle…I came away with incredible clarity.

It’s time to establish simple systems for blogging.

I thought deeply on my own words, the encouragement left here just days ago.  How simple routines and systems offer a level of peace not found in jumbled, disorderly patterns.

And you?  I hope you’re finding small ways to simplify the routine, everyday tasks of life.

Step by step remember…

Week #11  Practice Solitude.  Coming from an introvert at heart, today’s encouragement may cause my extroverted readers to hesitate just a little!

True, my personality and nature bend towards being refreshed when alone.  I enjoy the company of others; the collective wisdom, fellowship, and plain-old FUN which come from joining in a group.

Yet, I strongly believe this pursuit is beneficial no matter our type.  I’m not simply talking of being alone, by ones self.

I encourage the practice of solitude.

When I send my children to practice the piano, they are engaged in playing the instrument.  Songs are rehearsed and learned, time is spent growing in the art of music.  Time is not spent just sitting at the piano.

While there’s not a right or wrong way to do it, time in solitude should be intentional.  The idea is to deliberately disconnect from the noise of others, of distractions and to be with our own thoughts for a while.

There’s tremendous benefit in simply allowing ourselves to be still for a time.

Maybe you even need to schedule it to remember the practice; and when the time comes, decide how you’ll spend your solo moment(s).

You can rest, engage in a leisurely activity, think through an issue or a host of other options.  The purpose is to slow down, calm down just a little.

The benefits are amazing.  Try it?

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Action Plan:  Schedule a time for solitude in the next week.  Remember, it doesn’t need to be a large amount – several minutes or several hours, whatever is possible.  Decide how to spend your time, and enjoy!

More to Read:  6 Reasons You Should Spend More Time Alone

 

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2 comments

Daniele,

It is always sweet peace to be here and read your words. And, I eagerly await your Monday posts as I am seeking to add more serenity to my life – to slow down from this crazy-paced world we live in, and truly experience living as God intended. Thank you for doing this. It is a sweet blessing to my soul.

Thank you Karen…I appreciate you coming to this space.

This series is good for me too! 🙂 Great reminders and gentle challenges to keep focused on the right things.

Grace to you.