Thursday, February 4, 2010

A time alone..

We all need some time to be alone. Agree? I really think so. It doesn't make us a loner, but I think it can give us advantages such as a time to reflect or even a time to make plan for yourself. There's even a quote from Dalai Lama that said: “Spend some time alone every day.”A little solitude can sometimes help us to regain our esteem, lift up our mood or even happiness within yourself. I find it very useful being alone when it comes to find inspiration. Just me, myself and I. Just me and my thoughts. I quoted some paragraphs by Frances Lefkowitz about a time alone.

Depriving yourself of solitude "is the cause of many manifestations of psychological and physiological distress" states psychiatrist T. Byram Karasu, M.D., in The Art of Serenity. "Being with other people for long periods of time, no matter how loving, wonderful and interesting they may be, interferes with one's biopsychological rhythm."

According to Karasu, this rhythm is a combination of the body's circadian cycle and the hormones and neurotransmitters that affect factors such as mood and sleep patterns. Each of us creates our own inner pulse to help us synchronize with the solar, lunar and other cycles of the outside world. The constant presence of others can literally throw our rhythm out of sync.

"Solitude puts the individual in touch with his or her deepest feelings and allows time for previously unrelated thoughts and feelings to interact, to regroup themselves into new formations and combinations, and thus to bring harmony to the mind," says Karasu, who believes that solitude helps connect us to the worlds of nature and spirituality.

Language... has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone.
~Paul Johannes Tillich, The Eternal Now

(article source by by Frances Lefkowitz from here - images by Nicholas Routzen, Corrie Bond, Philip Newton)

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