“Give me solitude – Give me nature – Give me again – O Nature – your primal sanities”
Solitude in nature promotes deep thought
Being still or moving through a natural environment can give us the space we need for deep thought and contemplation. Everything has the volume turned down which allows us to just be.
The imagination begins to soar, unfolding ideas and concepts that were not available to us in the presence of company. Solitude makes room for clarity.
Solitude in nature encourages self reliance and independence
When there is no one else around, everything is on you. Every decision and every challenge has to be overcome by you. This holds particularly true when wild camping or practicing bush craft solo. No one is there to help.
This eliminates distractions and allows us to focus on one task at a time. It makes us more independent and reliant on our own abilities.
Solitude in nature allows us to know ourselves
Solitude in nature or otherwise frees us from any outside influences. It gives us the freedom to decide what is important to us. Nature gives us space to discover our own values and find out what we want.
This can be difficult with others around as our egos wear many masks. We can be affected by opinions both consciously and unconsciously that are not our own. Solitude in nature helps us to find our true selves.
Even our dark-side
Solitude forces us to face ourselves, even the aspects we don’t like about ourselves. Without our usual fix of entertainment many of us may feel alone. The quietude can release fears and self doubts.
This is excellent as it forces us to take responsibility and learn to enjoy our own company. There is nobody to lay the blame on.
This makes us stronger and more accepting of ourselves.
Nature helps us unplug
In modern society we are so wired into everything that we can often forget to unplug. Every acquaintance, every unknown, and every cat video is sitting in our pockets.
Some of us have a restless compulsion to constantly be with others even if only digitally. Solitude in nature gives an opportunity to turn off our smart phones, forget about our email and social media.
It allows us to leave the constant stream of information, even if only temporarily.
Solitude in nature brings Serenity
Alone in nature we are able to give our minds and bodies an opportunity to relax and restore. There are no apprehensions or expectations. This allows us to truly unwind.
The noise of our lives is but a fading memory. We can re-center ourselves and discover our inner peace. Paying attention to our breathing can aid in this.
Solitude in nature makes us appreciate our environment completely
When we venture into the nature with company we often find ourselves chattering about our lives outside of the moment. Solitude drops us into the instant and allows us to reflect upon the miracles of the natural world.
Our senses become sharper and we begin to lose ourselves. Sounds become sharp and sweet. The landscape and the species within it become crystal clear. Past and future disintegrates and everything appears as it was intended.
Without solitude in nature Thoreau would have never created Walden.
Rewild your mind and seek solitude in nature. Don’t get too addicted, you may become a hermit 😉