Imam Ibnul Qayyim wrote about Imam Ibn Taymiyah-Rahimahumullah- that would flee to the desert for seclusion and meditation whenever he felt anxious. The Imam followed his teacher one day and described the scene as follows:


“I followed him to the desert and when he felt assured that he was alone he took a deep breath and began to recite verses of poetry attributed to Qays, Majnoon Laila (but in reference to Allah SWT):

واخرج من بين البيوت لعلي…احدث النفس عنك بالسر خاليا

And i flee from the people so that i may talk about You to myself in secret