And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place Luke 4:42a (King James Version)
Alone time. Solitude. “Me” time. Concepts which are becoming more unheard of in our 24/7 “connected” society. It’s almost impossible to get some time to ourselves. We’re constantly bombarded by cellphone calls, Tweets, Facebook messages, instant messages, e-mails, and let’s not forget the beloved texts. Plus, we have so much on our proverbial plates and people pulling for our attention, being alone is a luxury!
However, we need that time alone. As I posted in the past, “Solitude” is one of my Core Values. We need time to ourselves to recharge and refocus; whether we’re in communion with the Divine, with nature, or sitting on the pier at dusk and meditating on the waters before us. Also, solitude gives us time with ourselves-free from the noise of others. We need time to unplug our smartphones, shut off our computers and tabs, put away our i-Pods, leave our loved ones home, and learn to be alone.
It’s my opinion that we find being alone an anomaly in today’s world. We feel that we have to be connected at all times. We’re “nobody” unless we have zillions of Facebook friends, zillions of followers on Twitter and Instagram, and get bombarded with more texts than anyone on the planet. We have to be involved in every activity imaginable-whether it’s church, work, school, social organizations, etc. In essence, being connected and involved make us feel important and feed our ever-greedy egos.
To be alone however means we have to shut down the ego and realize we’re not that important. It means we have to get real with ourselves and the Divine; to be alone with our thoughts and our emotions. Jesus in the above verse took time for himself to be with the Divine. It was nothing for prophets, sages, and our enlightened ones-both past and present-to spend time alone, away from it all. This was time to breathe, to refocus and gain clarity, to hear the voice of the Divine.
Me? I need alone time. I look forward to being alone to take care of my spirit and to refresh it. I love people, yet after awhile I need to be alone for they can get too “crowding”. I need to “have a little talk with Jesus” which can’t always take place during worship service. And although the Scriptures encourage the gathering of the saints, even being with the saints can be too much.
This is true especially when I do my photography. When I’m alone shooting, this is my “offering” to the Divine. It’s where I can be one with the art and attend to the calling of the Divine Muse/Erotic Creative Spirit, fully and freely. Even if it’s attending a gallery opening or just observing the Universe around me. Especially before I had a cell phone I could truly enjoy my alone time-creatively and spiritually.
Let’s get back to having alone time and solitude. We need it badly to become more whole, creative, and spiritually grounded people. For if we all do this, we will truly become connected with ties that run deeper than any social media could produce.