By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Call me strange but, if given a choice between a Caribbean cruise or a hermitage in the hinterlands, I'll gladly subscribe to the latter.
Remote and obscure places tucked into out-of-the-way places appeal greatly to my nature.
In solitude, silence, and periods of sustained quiet we are linked and left with our truest selves and begin to truly engage and identify who we are.
Discomfort with being alone suggests something sadly amiss in my book.
Sacred retreats and monastic settings are healthy and needful stations lending rejuvenation, inspiration, and creative impulse to the soul.
Studies support these innate desires and tendencies.
"We tend to decry being alone.
But emerging research suggests some potential benefits to being a loner, including for our creativity, mental health, and even leadership skills.
 One key benefit is improved creativity. Gregory Feist, who focuses on the psychology of creativity at California's San Jose State University, has defined creativity as thinking or activity with two key elements: originality and usefulness. He has found that personality traits commonly associated with creativity are openness (receptiveness to new thoughts and experiences), self-efficacy (confidence), and autonomy (independence), which may include 'a lack of concern for social norms' and 'a preference for being alone.'" In fact, Feist's research on both artists and scientists shows that one of the most prominent features of creative folks is their lesser interest in socializing. One reason for this is that people are likely to spend sustained time alone working on their craft. Plus, Feist says, many artists are trying to make sense of their internal world and a lot of internal experiences that they're trying to give expression to and meaning to through their art.
Solitude allows for the reflection and observation necessary for that creative process."
There's great value in solitude.
Unplug for a day and experience it for yourself.
Disengage and discover,
Identify and recover ...
Your true self.
"Without great solitude, no serious work is possible."
Pablo Picasso