Boredom, Moderation, The Middle Path, Balance

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Emotions are far more powerful than thoughts -- they can ignite; stimulate; discourage, or completely block life’s energy in any moment. Boredom is perhaps the most misunderstood of all the emotion. Guru Nanak called boredom, “moderation” -- the Buddha referred to it as “the middle path.” Boredom is the sensation that arrives without any extremes, when there’s nearly always calm, and when all the other elements are in a state of natural balance.

For those who require great stimulation, boredom is not a friendly place. However, boredom’s greatest benefit is that it allows your full receptivity to take place. Because of the deep absence of activity, it allows for more contemplative and intuitive moments. In these moments, boredom nurtures a type of certainty; certainty brings a form of stability; stability can produce consistency, and consistency allows growth to take place any time, over time . . . the exact nature of nature.

At the opposite end of nature, when growth takes place suddenly, it’s nearly always corrected as an anomaly . . . unsustainable. This will then produce an instability; a fear and uncertainty -- which triggers excitement, counteracting boredom . . . causing an unconscious brain to embrace the pleasures of the distractions and disruptions. This gives the brain the sense that -- I need to solve a problem -- I better get busy . . . and there you have the main reason why the brain hates boredom . . . it does not appreciate inactivity. Alternatively, the more conscious person sits inside boredom; the focus drops from the problem-solving brain, to the connection-experiencing heart, and a deep meditation unfolds.

Our prayer is that you’re at ease whenever you are bored; that you take this opportunity to live in your meditative heart and give your brain a rest; dive deeply into this field of 'no-stimulation' and discover its easy, gently balanced atmosphere. Lose yourself in the ease of this balance and allow yourself to know and grow and rejuvenate. 


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