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

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

The most creative people… are known to have the greatest toleration for long periods of uncertainty and boredom… allowing 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 judgmental ways of looking at basic parts of the 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

One Response

  1. The questions that I’m always hearing: What have you done? What are your plans? Where have you been? Where are you going? Who was there? Etc Etc…

    Go with the flow of inactivity, savor the treat of solitude, empty into the contentment that can be when we let it alone.

    Love the Henry Miller Quote. Thanks for your post.

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