Welcome to threads of enlightenment. Solitude. When I say the word solitude, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? A lot of people, the first thought is a cabin in the woods, others being on a mountain somewhere unreachable, other in a tent camping, others by water on a beach somewhere. But solitude is more importantly about communing with yourself, searching the innermost parts of your spirit and soul. I want to introduce you to one of the great mysteries available to every one of us, but most people are terrified to start practicing the art of meditation. People all around us move and operate using mediation. People like martial artists, athletes, yoga practitioners, yogi, and of course, the sages of old. Personally, I’ve been doing meditation for over 20 years. When I first started how confusing it was for me, I’ve learned to love my solitude time. I love the fact that I have learned to enjoy my time. It’s a place of much self-infliction and reflection, looking at myself, looking hard, and being honest at some of the dark places that are in me, the dark things, the dark places I’m talking about are my attitudes, my behavior, some of the habits, those dark habits that you and I have, practice for so many years.

In our Western culture, many people are afraid of being alone or meditating; they really are; some people can’t seem to disconnect from their phones, TVs, or even from people as well. You know the type; they have to be around people all the time. Most of them are afraid of being by themselves, and they don’t understand that; that’s the place where you obtain your victory, that’s where you become a better listener, lots of people don’t understand that meditation helps to learn to listen, especially listening to the inner self.

Listening to that spirit man that has been inundated with false information within you caused by circumstances of life, circumstances at work, our relationships with loves ones, friends, your TV, your phone that you carry with you now that it gives you access to everything such as social media and you can go on and on and on. Studies now show that people are mentally, psychologically, and emotionally all of these things we are getting hooked on. The new drugs, the new high, and people go through serious withdrawals; if you take their phones away from them, they will lose their minds.

In some cases, who knows, they would probably harm you. Today, one of the things that parents will do to punish a kid or a child is to take their phones away, and you could see how depressed they get and begin to start behaving outlandishly.

We need solitude to learn; it is the missing ingredient; we need to learn to include meditation in our quiver to begin our journey to become a better individual, a stronger person, one that you’re proud of. You need to understand how special you are, how you’re one of a kind on this planet. When I started my journey, I kept telling people I had to learn how special I was. I’d walk around and, and tell people that I am one of a kind, I am an endangered species, and I’m an endangered species; I became mindful of how I allowed people to speak to me, how I allowed, um, friends, families, uh, everyone, my boss, how I allow people to engage with me, I became a guardian because I didn’t want them to damage my soul and spirit. I understood that they could cause me much pain in whatever form comes emotional, physical, or whatever. So as you begin to learn the value of who you are, as we take this journey, at threads of enlightenment, the process in which one becomes a better human spirit.

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