last week i started a series on the 18 rules of living by the dalai lama. i am using his inspiring words as my guide for the wisdom in my wednesday posts from now until june. i want to tap into the amazing philosophy of the dalai lama and take a little time to think about each one of the rules, one at a time, letting it all really sink in. perhaps i’ll find a photo to go along with the rule for the week. or write a little anecdote from my life. who knows… i will just let the quote/rule inspire me.
i’m not going to do the 18 rules in the order that you always find them, but instead, i ‘m going to pick numbers out of a bowl or ask someone to choose a number to determine which rule to use that week.
this week’s random rule:
#8: spend some time alone every day.
i was a little disappointed when my loved picked this rule out of the breaking bad mug where i have them all folded and stored. i mean, i’m all for making sure that we spend time alone. i am in complete agreement that having a little bit of time every day to ourselves, craving out a little bit of space to do what we love, helps us to nurture our soul. but, that’s just the problem. i’m all for it. i write about it or elude to it all of the time. and i actually incorporate this into my life every day. this is something i am pretty good at.
so, instead of writing even more than i already have on this very important, essential part of life, i am going to offer you a fun top ten list:
my top ten ways to spend time alone (in no particular order):
2. exploring a new place in a familiar place
4. standing on a mountaintop or by the ocean’s edge
5. stealing a few moments at a cafe/coffeehouse
6. sitting outside early in the morning
7. vegging in front of the tv
9. making playlists
10. photographing any & everything
ultimately i love sharing all of these things with my love and other friends/family. things are much better when shared… because life really is all about relationships. but, those few moments that i steal away to myself, they rejuvenate me. i may be camping or driving or exploring with a loved one, but you can be sure that i will step aside or away for just a minute or two. to catch my breath and suspend time briefly. to breathe it all in and be completely present in the moment. and those alone moments, my friend, are the moments that keep me grounded.
now, go sit by yourself for just a minute. be your own best friend and reconnect with your soul. the dalai lama says so.