silence and solitude

Silence and Solitude

Spend time alone and in silence to create space for self-reflection, relaxation, and mental rejuvenation.


Achieve inner calm and relaxation through intentional quiet time.


The modern world is full of distractions and noise, making it difficult for individuals to find inner peace and relaxation. Some central issues include:

  • Constant exposure to technology and social media
  • Urban noise pollution
  • Difficulty in finding a quiet space or time for solitude


Silence and solitude is a technique that encourages setting aside dedicated time to experience quietness and be alone with one’s thoughts.

In a nutshell:

  1. Choose a quiet and comfortable space, free from distractions.
  2. Set a specific duration for your solitude, starting with short intervals and gradually increasing the time.
  3. Turn off all electronic devices and eliminate any sources of noise.
  4. Use this time to focus on your breath, meditate, or be present with your thoughts.

My Take

As a more introverted person, I spend a lot of time on my own. And for me, such sessions are essential. But everyone is different. I know people who “relax” if their friends surround them.

There’s something magical about dedicating time to yourself and letting go of external distractions. Silence can lower stress levels, promote mental clarity, and improve overall well-being.

So while it may not be for everyone, it’s worth a try, especially if you’re struggling to find peace in today’s noisy world. And it’s actually a simple thing compared to some meditation or breathing techniques – even though dedicating a time slot for such a “doing nothing” event can be challenging.

Anyway. Simplicity often beats the more sophisticated stuff 😉


  • Easy to practice with no preparation
  • Can be done anywhere with some privacy
  • Promotes mental clarity and stress reduction


  • May be challenging for those with a noisy environment or family 
  • Requires discipline and consistency to get into it 
  • Some may feel uncomfortable with aloneness initially


Here are some of my learnings, collected over the past years:

  • I still experiment with different times of the day to find when it works best for me (in the morning, during lunch break, after work, etc.)
  • I always struggle with external noise, so I cannot live anymore without using noise-canceling headphones or earplugs in these sessions.
  • Practicing it outdoors is what works best for me (mostly, just strolling around). With a family at home, I found it difficult to find silence.
  • Combining this technique with other mindfulness or meditation practices is great for enhancing the experience and experimenting further.
  • Regular schedules for Silence and Solitude sessions build a habit. I consider it as something vital that can positively impact your health – that’s what I recall if I struggle with setting priorities 😉