Solitude is choosing to step free from human relationships for a period of time, in isolation or anonymity, to make room for occupation of our lives by God.
· Try setting aside 3 or 4 hours at first in a pleasant place (even if you live alone, plan a specific time of solitude).
· Just observe. Don’t do anything. Notice your surroundings – especially if you are outside enjoying God’s creation.
· Try walking along the beach.
· You might pray, but don’t make a job of it. Simply talk to your Heavenly Father.
· If you are at home and you fall asleep, don’t worry. Enjoy the rest and talk to God when you wake up. (1 Kg 19:4-9)
· Solitude is not a private therapeutic place. Rather, it is the place of conversion, the place where the old self dies and the new self is born.
Some Benefits of Solitude:
- It breaks our co-dependency. Others can live without us and us without them.
- We learn to appreciate other people more, without needing to control them.
- It frees us from busyness and overwork (and other things that bind us).
- It builds trust in God as we take our hands off and allow God to take charge.
- It provides time to focus on God and to develop other spiritual practices such as prayer and Bible study.
God bless you in these times alone with God.