The primary time when I practice the discipline of solitude is when I am trying to make a big decision in my life. Solitude helps me to seek God’s will, which in turn helps to mature my abilities to discern the Spirit. Solitude is a spiritual discipline that I enjoy, but at this point in my life I rarely have time to practice complete solitude. I usually have background sounds when I take a few minutes to withdraw and just listen to God. I can usually tune out my surroundings and listen for God to speak to me. However, I think it would be good for me to try to practice solitude in complete silence.