Be Well Be Happy

 Solitude is the act of being alone or isolated in a good frame of mind. Who wants to be alone? Well, I want to share that it is very good to schedule some solitude time - I think it is essential to health and well-being. It is a time not to do anything at all, just kind of stare out wherever you are: in your home, on the beach, anywhere that is quiet and peaceful. The space around you, the environment around you should probably be clean and pleasing to the eye - giving off a positive vibration. . . a small circle of peace. 

Then, feel free! Imagine yourself somewhere that feels freeing. As William Wordsworth wrote in a poem: “I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vale’s and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. . . . For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mode, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils.”

Schedule some time - a half hour maybe - and imagine yourself free or like something that is free - a cloud - as in the poem - gave him the space to re-experience a beautiful sight in nature in his mind’s eye. If you need to get to a peaceful state, that’s a good practice:  floating like a cloud or flying like a bird. Did you ever see a bird hover when there is a strong wind?  Whatever you can imagine to get yourself to some calmness. Maybe you are peaceful already, so then give your mind space to just be. No trying anything. Just be. 

If you’re in nature, you may just be mindful of specifics like the sand or the water rippling. Give your mind space. Your thoughts will wander; if they have a lot of space - meaning if your mind is free, not constricted by a problem - different things will arise. You can see all of your thoughts floating on the cloud or riding a wave or sliding down a snowy mountain. Solitude is an opportunity for calm reflection, arising of creative ideas and connection to the inner light self. And relief of stress. No matter who you are, what your tools and practices are like yoga, meditation, exercise, etc., these recent times take a toll. Whatever we can do to relieve tension will benefit all of the systems in the body and give the mind a rest. 

We are busy, of course, but ever notice that if you have to do something no matter how busy you are you always get it done? If we see this as something we have to do because it will benefit our well-being, we can make time for it. Schedule some solitude time!

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be compassionate. May you be grateful.  May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.

 By Paulette Mancuso

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