Being alone tends to deal with your mind (state of solidarity). There are things that you will think of when you are alone. Shepherds do not hang around (associate) with followers. Just like Paul told the church in Corinth that, he resolved to know nothing among them except Christ crucified. Can you imagine the shepherd telling this to his sheep? Now that is a shepherd who is alone even when he is with the sheep. As a man of God, resolve to know nothing among the sheep [congregation], but through deep meditation, resolve to know Christ and Him crucified.