“Without great solitude no serious work is possible.”
NOTE: This is the second of a two-part series on Minimalism and Solitude. Click here to check out the first.
Once upon a time, humans searched for information. Now, information searches humans.
As a matter of fact, information searches humans thoroughly. Regardless of who you are or where you might be, it will find you and showcase you its contents. Kind of like the world’s most persistent salesperson in a way, and ― depending on how you view it ― could be a blessing or a curse.
And today, information is no longer a stream, but an ocean with (nearly) everyone immersed in it. Everywhere you go is a battleground of noise, advertisements and endless media disruptions. All these clutter our head, and unnecessarily causes us to deviate from our goals and dreams.
We need to remove them. We need what I’d like to call as ‘mental solitude’, that is, the state of having an uncluttered mind. Mental solitude allows us to step out of the ocean and re-calibrate ourselves to find out what deeply matters. Also, as an added benefit, focus is usually put to overdrive since there are no distractions.
So how do we find mental solitude? Here are some suggestions to help you get started.
Disconnect. Media is the loudest noise in the present world, and the Internet facilitates it. Disconnection would greatly help to eliminate all unnecessary external clutter and to find mental solitude.
Discover a quiet place and settle. Avoid “high-energy” locations with lots of people and noises. A good start would be your bedroom at dawn.
Declutter everything physical. Environment also amounts in building up your mental solitude. Too much visual stimulation would only lead to more distractions that steers you off solitude.
Do one mentally stimulating task and stick to it. Your mind will be strictly dedicated to the task without any distractions. Plus points if you’re doing something that helps you improve yourself. You’ll find peace and refreshment.
Even a few minutes of solitude a day could bring tons of benefits. Give it a try. It won’t hurt.