Solitude is more a state of mind and heart than it is a place. There is a solitude of the heart that can be maintained at all times. Being in a crowd has little to do with being in solitude. It is quite possible to be a hermit and never experience solitude. Even in the midst of a crowd with noise all around us, we can settle into a deep inner silence and solitude. Whether alone or with people around us, we carry with us a portable sanctuary of the heart.
Solitude is a state of seclusion or isolation with the lack of contact with people.
Short-term solitude is often valued as a time when one may work, think or rest without being disturbed. It may be desired for the sake of privacy.
A distinction has been made between solitude and loneliness. In this sense, these two words refer, respectively, to the joy and the pain of being alone
Inward solitude has outward manifestations. That’s why solitude is in the category with the outward disciplines. Jesus was alone so He could spend time with His Father so that when He went back to His disciples, He could share with them the things His Father told Him.
We, too, need to go into solitude for the benefit of others. When we spend time alone with God, it shows up in the things we think, things we speak and in the things we do. We are better toward others after having experience solitude.
You can experience solitude while alone or in a crowd when you realize and accept the fact that solitude is a state of mind moreso than being in a place all by yourself.