How To Begin A Solitude Practice

Spending time alone doesn’t have to be lonely; it can be a powerful spiritual tool. Here are three ways to practice being in solitude.

How To Begin A Solitude Practice
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  1. Building strong communities is necessary for spiritual growth. Beloved bell hooks wrote, "Rarely, if ever, are any of us healed in isolation.” But there's a difference between permanent isolation and taking moments to be alone with Spirit. 

Here are three ways to practice being in solitude and their benefits. 

  1. Meditation 

Meditation is one of the best ways to practice solitude, and it has proven mental, physical, and spiritual health benefits. Try meditating in the morning in a place that calms you. 

It could be your bedroom, a park bench, or the beach. What works best for your solitude journey is unique to you. 

  1. Prayer 

Spending intentional time in prayer is an excellent way to be in solitude. Avoid distractions and find a comfortable place to convene with self and God. Speak aloud if it is helpful. Solitude doesn't always have to be silent. 

  1. Writing 

Writing is a powerful tool for tapping into solitude. The page is a safe place for you and your innermost thoughts. Set a timer and dedicate time to reflect on whatever your heart is holding. 

  1. Spending intentional time alone is necessary. When we know and love ourselves as God does, it's easy to extend that love to one another. 

Which of these solitude tools can you commit to trying today?

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