The Art of Solitude

ImageEvery now and then you sometimes need to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, pack a bag and jump in your car, on a train or if you’re lucky on a plane and go somewhere that you can completely unwind and nurture your spiritual well being.

Unfortunately due to the pressures of every day life many of us  are slaves to our jobs, we live to work so we can pay the bills, the mortgage, put the kids through school, buy a nice car, keep up with the Jones’… the list is endless.  But take a step back and look at your life –  are you happy?  What does happiness mean to you?  Everyone has their own definition.  Some find happiness through material wealth and possessions, being in a relationship, having a good job, being with loved ones etc.  There are many measures of happiness and we all have the key to unlock this ‘gift’ that everyone seeks but it may not necessarily come from where we’re seeking it.

I’m currently tucked away on the beautiful island of Phuket in Thailand as I write this. I’m on a journey to find my inner peace, to top up my spiritual strength which has been worn away by life back home.  I am enjoying the solitude and asking myself many questions that are rolling through my head. I may not find all the answers that I’m looking for or even like some of the answers but I’m not afraid to take a really good look at myself and try to understand why certain events repeat themselves in my life.

I believe in karma. That you should treat others how you want to be treated, so I find it very disturbing when I come across people who don’t believe in being considerate to others.  However, I am very aware that everyone has their own issues and burdens they need to deal with and we all manage them in different ways.  Some actively go out to hurt others because they are hurting themselves but refuse to acknowledge that they need to address this and fix themselves.  Instead they blame other people for their failings and will try to destroy what other people have through jealousy and anger.

One thing that I will always ensure is that no matter what happens to me in life I will always maintain my fighting spirit. I don’t mean just in the physical sense either.  Some people seem to endure a life of misery and ask themselves why.  I believe that it’s because some greater being knows they can handle it and that they will be able to use those experiences to help others.  Life can be cruel at times but we are all here to learn and become better people. If we can’t change the situation we are in then what we can do is change our thinking and how we feel about it.  The mind is a powerful thing and we shouldn’t be afraid to use it to its full potential.

I hope by the end of my holiday I will have managed to achieve what I set out to do. To come back home stronger, happy and ready to face the world again.

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