What an excellent twist to ‘Great Minds think Alike’. Only our egos quote the alike one when we want to pat ourselves on the back and form connections with other people so that we don’t feel so alone. So this is kind of the opposite!
How much time do bloggers spend alone? I assume it’s a lot, seeing as we are artists. I LOVE MY ALONE TIME. I had to shout it in capitals, sorry. I bet you love being alone too. Ever tried blogging with someone there talking to you? Impossible.
Being alone with your thoughts is nourishing. Personality tests describe me as an extreme extrovert. Nothing introverted about me. Anything to get attention!! But I need a good deal of time to potter. It’s my favourite thing. Absolute freedom to do what I feel like, when I feel like it – either hopping from thing to thing or deep in thought on one thing for hours.
Do you start to come unhinged if you don’t get alone time now and then? On a similar tack, I once read how important it is to also get a dose of nature regularly – be it fields, water, trees. Best to surround yourself completely if you can. And how many other people will you find in that nature? Not so many usually. The city on the other hand attracts people, coats them in concrete and other hard surfaces and gobbles them up. Dare I say it also spits them out? They head to parks and beaches and out into the country from time to time but they may not realise why; that their soul needs it. I’ve been there.
So how calming is it to get into nature and be alone? How long would you want with nothing interesting to occupy your mind? A minute, an hour, a day? A month in a cave watching spiders?
I find this photo very calming. Not only do I love the colour of the water but imagine looking up and seeing those snow covered rocky mountains. It shows us how unimportant we really are in the grand scheme of things; how our troubles are nothing but unhappiness derived from the ego.
I hope we can all get a dose of this over the holiday season. Stillness in the frenzy, calm in the eye of the storm; even if we have to stay up late and watch the stars alone to do it. That’s when the magic of Christmas comes flooding in for me.