Health Column: Purify with solitude |

Health Column: Purify with solitude

Catherine Fenske
Free Press Health Columnist
Catherine Fenske
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“Solitude is the place of purification.”

— Martin Buber

Sometimes we all need a little bit of purification of the mind, body and spirit. When it comes to purification of these three, nothing quite purifies like solitude, and solitude in nature is even better.

As I sit and write, I feel blessed to have my senses filled with the abundance of nature surrounding me, filling me with such gratitude for my solitude at the moment. I please my ears with the sound of waterfalls on either side of me, my skin with the warmth of the sun, my eyes with the beauty of palm trees, and the ocean displaying herself like a banquet before me.

I allow the elements to wash away and cleanse any notions of discord in my life and bathe me in the intimacy of my relationship with nature and my gratitude for the abundance that embraces me in this moment. My heart is full, my mind is empty. Except for the words that flow from my pen, there are no thought forms lurking anywhere in my consciousness. There’s just purification, simple purification. And I breathe.

My breath becomes a meditation as I am aware of the life force within me. I notice the blood that circulates through my veins in this meditation, and I feel the very essence of my being as I sit in this beautiful solitude with nothing but the sounds and sights of nature purifying my mind, body and spirit. The cells of my body feel as if they are being cleansed and renewed and I breathe.

When we put ourselves in a place that allows for solitude, no matter what that may look like, and intend to be in that place for purification and renewal, we are giving ourselves the best gift of life, the ultimate gift we can give. Unfortunately most of us get so busy with the distractions of life that we don’t honor ourselves very often with this gift.

Taking the time to be in solitude, if only for 15 minutes, has such a palpable benefit to the expansion of our spirit that it is surprising to me we don’t do it more often. Like most things though, it takes time and commitment to incorporate a practice of solitude into our daily activities. And, like most things that we do, commit, and give the time to, in about 21 consecutive days of practice it becomes a habit.

My challenge to you this week is to find the time and commit to five to 10 minutes a day to devote to solitude. Tune into all of your senses as you practice and notice any body sensations you might have.

Are you breathing with more awareness? Can you feel your body relax? Is there an inward sense of peace?

These qualities are a sampling of our natural state of being, and the more you practice solitude every day the more you will experience them.

GJ Free Press health columnist Catherine Fenske is the owner of Live With Intention Coaching. She is spiritual counselor/teacher, certified life coach, Reiki master/teacher. Catherine can be reached at 970-640-6987 or email at Visit or her blog at

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