Line Garneng (Foto: Frank Garneng)

Ensom eller alene?

Gjennom en liten åpning i den massive muren, siver noen få lysstråler inn i den mørke, fuktige fengselscellen. Størrelsen på cellen får meg til å grøsse, og jeg kjenner umiddelbart et ubehag når fingertuppene berører veggene på begge sider når jeg strekker ut armene. Jeg bøyer meg litt ned for å se ut av åpningen. En iskald trekk pisker mot kinnene, og jeg må myse for å se klart. Rett der, på den andre siden av sjøen, så nære, men akk så fjernt, ligger sivilisasjonen, friheten og lykken.

Jeg reiser meg opp og lukker øynene et lite øyeblikk. Hvordan er det mulig å overleve i en slik isolasjon, tenker jeg, i det guiden på hodetelefonen leder meg videre gjennom blokkene på det som en gang var det beryktede statsfengselet på Alcatraz. Stedet for de verste av de verste forbryterne.

Fanger som blir intervjuet om tiden bak lås og slå ute på fengselsøya, forteller at de små kikkhullene i muren var noe av det verste de opplevde. Det å kjenne lukten, høre lyden og se små glimt av samfunnet gjennom disse hullene, forsterket savnet etter samtaler, berøringer og nærhet.

Etter fysiologiske og trygghetssøkende behov, anses sosial tilhørighet som det mest grunnleggende behovet for oss mennesker. Vi trenger kjærlighet, vennskap og å føle oss sett, hørt og verdsatt. Mangler vi dette, vil det påvirke vår atferd og motivasjon til behovet er dekket. For mange kan angsten for ensomhet være så stor at vi holder fast på nære personer i livet vårt, selv om det er mennesker som ikke gjør oss godt.

Når vi konstant omgis andre mennesker, enten det er fysisk eller virtuelt gjennom sosiale medier, er det fort gjort å glemme noe vesentlig. Behovet for tilhørighet gjelder ikke bare i relasjoner til andre mennesker, det gjelder også i relasjonene vi har til oss selv. Det er vondt å kjenne på ensomhet, men det må ikke forveksles med alenetid. Det å ha tid til å være alene er faktisk et grunnleggende behov som vi ikke må overse.

Har du tenkt over hva som skjer med deg når du er alene? Færre forstyrrelser fra omverdenen, betyr redusert strøm av nye impulser til hjernen. Det som allerede er inni hodet ditt, får dermed fred og spillerom til å struktureres og videreutvikles.

Ved å rydde og sortere tankene i kategorier, blir du for eksempel bedre til å skille mellom hva du synes er viktig eller uviktig, hva som er rett eller galt og hva du synes er positivt eller negativt.

Alenetid gir deg også anledning til å re-tenke og fordype deg i mer sammensatte og kompliserte tankerekker. Det kommer til nytte i samtaler. Alle har vi vel argumentert ut fra det vi tenker der og da, og ubevisst gitt inntrykk av at vi har tenkt nøye gjennom et tema?

Tankene beskriver verden slik du ser den. Når du ikke fordyper deg utover det som faller deg inn, skaper tankene en unyansert oppfattelse av livet rundt deg.

Hvordan du oppfatter verden, sier altså noe om hvordan du tenker. Lærer du å fordype deg og forstå hvordan du tenker, lærer du også å forstå hvorfor du oppfatter verden slik du gjør. Dette er nyttig å vite, for når du forstår hvordan du oppfatter verden, kan du bedre oppfatte og forstå deg selv.

“Hvem er jeg?” kan altså forklares med slik du tenker om det som er rundt deg. Tenker du annerledes, er også du en annen.

Alenetid er derfor gull verdt om du vil finne deg selv, og utvikle deg til den personen du ønsker å være. Husk bare at alenetid ikke handler om ensomhet, men om å praktisere oppmerksomt nærvær til deg selv.

Alenetid vil gjøre at du lærer nye sider om deg selv. Mindre impulser og mer ro og fordypning vil gjøre deg bedre i stand til å sortere bort negative tanker. Du vil bli bedre kjent med dine styrker og svakheter, slik at du kan gjøre mer av det du liker, og håndtere det du ikke liker på en bedre måte. Du vil lære å stå støtt alene, og du vil innse at selv når du er sammen med andre, er du egentlig alene. Du er et unikt, selvstendig individ på vår jord.

Et godt valg i hverdagen er å aldri unnskylde deg for å trenge tid for deg selv.

 

(Foto: Frank Garneng)

 

 

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