“Treat boredom as your best friend.” ~ Swami Shyam

When we let ourselves experience loneliness and boredom, we come closer to the subconscious mind from which creativity and contentment emerge. It is out of the boredom and emptiness of our conscious self (ego) that new ideas and peace of mind can be born… unfortunately we often experience boredom as the laziness and failure of an inactive ego.

The most creative people… are known to have the greatest toleration for long periods of uncertainty and boredom… steeping uninterrupted boredom may be the first step toward feeling connected. It may take a little bit of tolerance of an initial feeling of boredom, to discover a comfort level with not being linked in and engaged and stimulated every second…in many ways it is similar to the goal of spiritual meditation and surrender….and it also can open up the experience of alpha brain waves.

If you think of boredom as the prelude to creativity, and loneliness as the prelude to engagement of the imagination, then they may be experienced as good things. They are doorways to something better, as opposed to something to be abhorred and eradicated immediately.

In the end the words ‘boredom’ and ‘loneliness’ are just negative ways of looking at fundamental parts of human experience.

The trick to benefiting from being bored or lonely is simply to allow it. When you find yourself being bored or lonely or even just scared of being bored and lonely – don’t resist it. Just let yourself experience it

“The life of a creator is not the only life nor perhaps the most interesting which a man leads. There is a time for play and a time for work, a time for creation and a time for lying fallow. And there is a time, glorious too in its own way, when one scarcely exists, when one is a complete void. I mean — when boredom seems the very stuff of life.” ~Henry Miller

Related Pages:
Value of Adversity
Natural Wandering

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