“How to Be Alone”

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Each week Chel Micheline of gingerblue dot com will offer her perspectives on our Bliss Habits. Please enjoy the wisdom and clarity she offers.

For some reason, all I could think about when I realized this week was all about MOXIE was this poem/song/video by Tanya Davis. Embrace and enjoy!

How to Be Alone
by Tanya Davis

If you are at first lonely, be patient.
If you’ve not been alone much, or if when you were, you weren’t okay with it, then just wait.
You’ll find it’s fine to be alone once you’re embracing it.

We could start with the acceptable places, the bathroom, the coffee shop, the library.
Where you can stall and read the paper, where you can get your caffeine fix and sit and stay there.
Where you can browse the stacks and smell the books.
You’re not supposed to talk much anyway so it’s safe there.

There’s also the gym.
If you’re shy you could hang out with yourself in mirrors, you could put headphones in.

And there’s public transportation, because we all gotta go places.

And there’s prayer and meditation-
no one will think less if you’re hanging with your breath seeking peace and salvation.

Start simple.
Things you may have previously based on your avoid being alone principals.

The lunch counter.
Where you will be surrounded by chow-downers.
Employees who only have an hour and their spouses work across town and so they — like you — will be alone.

Resist the urge to hang out with your cell phone.

When you are comfortable with eat lunch and run, take yourself out for dinner. A restaurant with linen and silverware.
You’re no less intriguing a person
when you’re eating solo dessert to cleaning the whipped cream from the dish with your finger.
In fact some people at full tables will wish they were where you were.

Go to the movies. Where it is dark and soothing.
Alone in your seat amidst a fleeting community.

And then, take yourself out dancing to a club where no one knows you.
Stand on the outside of the floor till the lights convince you more and more and the music shows you.
Dance like no one’s watching…because, they’re probably not.
And, if they are, assume it is with best of human intentions.
The way bodies move genuinely to beats is, after all, gorgeous and affecting.
Dance until you’re sweating,
and beads of perspiration remind you of life’s best things,
down your back like a brook of blessings.

Go to the woods alone,
and the trees and squirrels will watch for you.

Go to an unfamiliar city, roam the streets,
there’re always statues to talk to and benches made for sitting
give strangers a shared existence if only for a minute
and these moments can be so uplifting
and the conversations you get in by sitting alone on benches
might’ve never happened had you not been there by yourself.

Society is afraid of alonedom,
like lonely hearts are wasting away in basements,
like people must have problems if, after a while, nobody is dating them.

But lonely is a freedom that breaths easy and weightless
and lonely is healing if you make it.

You could stand, swathed by groups and mobs or hold hands with your partner,
look both further and farther for the endless quest for company.
But no one’s in your head and by the time you translate your thoughts,
some essence of them may be lost or perhaps it is just kept.

Perhaps in the interest of loving oneself,
perhaps all those sappy slogans from preschool over to high school’s groaning
were tokens for holding the lonely at bay.
Cuz if you’re happy in your head than solitude is blessed and alone is okay.

It’s okay if no one believes like you.
All experience is unique,
no one has the same synapses,
can’t think like you, for this be relieved,
keeps things interesting
life’s magic things in reach.

And it doesn’t mean you’re not connected,
that community is not present,
just take the perspective you get from being one person in one head and feel the effects of it.
Take silence and respect it.
If you have an art that needs a practice, stop neglecting it.
If your family doesn’t get you, or religious sect is not meant for you, don’t obsess about it.

You could be in an instant surrounded if you needed it

If your heart is bleeding make the best of it-
There is heat in freezing, be a testament.


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6 thoughts on ““How to Be Alone”

  1. Hi Chel,
    This is beautiful. I’ve seen it before but now see it differently. Yesterday I blogged about the dark chocolate moments of a day and I’d say more than half of them were alone moments. Interesting since we resist being alone. This poem paints a different picture of “alone”. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Hi Lori! Thanks for your comment 🙂 It’s funny that being alone gets such a bad rap, doesn’t it? But when we are alone, and we’re really into it, it seems like one of the best things in life. True time. Have an incredible day!

  2. What a great post! Learning to be alone is one of the hardest things to do. I worked as a training consultant for many years traveling alone and was essentially forced to learn how to do this. Once I figured it out, then it became something to look forward to rather than not. Your post highlights GREAT ways to do this! I love the one about It doesn’t mean you’re not connected … so true! Thanks for this post 🙂

    • Thank you, Heather! Maybe being alone is a true art form in itself. It can either be something really difficult and LONELY, or it can be completely insightful and absolutely filling for the soul. It’s just the way we go about it. Like anything, it takes energy and awareness. Thanks SO much for commenting!

  3. Oh, this is wonderful… I saw this video last year and was amazed by it’s power and sweetness. Time alone is a precious thing. Being lonely though, is hard. Loneliness can be more than just missing another person, it can be missing one’s self… so time alone can help that. This was a great reminder…thanks, Che. :o)

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