Embrace Boredom – Kundalini Yoga
We continue on with the journey into our emotions as we move from UPSET to BOREDOM. Never before has the mind had so many choices to circumvent boredom. We have social media, gaming, netflicks all on the go to distract ourselves from the present moment. We are always disengaging from our own reality. We fill our lives. We are constantly busy, our minds filled with our to do lists, worries or wishes. However as soon as we have completed a task and there is a small pause, we are so fearful of boredom that we fill the space with entertainment, food, texting, social media, to sleep etc.
As yogis we know that all emotions are valid. Boredom is natural. You are not a bad yogi if you feel bored during your class, relaxation or meditation. We need to first stop attaching a value judgement to our shadow emotions.
The lock down as a result of Covid 19 made us face global boredom in an unprecedented way. We are scared of boredom because it lies between the water and fire elements. We are worried that if we allow ourselves to feel bored it could spiral down into feelings of upset, sadness or depression (water and earth elements). Or move upwards into irritation, frustration and anger at life (fire elements).
What is boredom and how can we accept it?
Boredom is just the polarity of achievement or setting of goals. When we achieve our goal we sometimes are not filled with a sense of relief, release but boredom. I have experienced this after an intense period of teacher training and retreats, I can sometimes feel on edge or at a loose end. It is not a comfortable feeling. The tendency is to fill the boredom so you do not experience it. The energy of that task has been spent, we feel in a state of boredom, which the Buddha called balance. It is a state of no movement.
- At this point you want to sit with it then connect to the infinite stillness, zero or nothing which resides in you.
- By learning to rest in the present moment and training ourselves not to react to emotional and mental fluctuations, we begin to exist in the space of limitless possibility and creativity. This is when we incubate a new idea, dream or a solution to a problem or situation.
- By being alert, aware and curious about your boredom may help you gain some valuable insights and sense of purpose.
- The homework this week is to be bored. Say to yourself bored is bored. Do not look at your device or distract yourself when you are waiting, in traffic, on waking. Shift to a sense of curiosity, patience and readiness to shift energy, be present to this boring feeling of peace.
See you all next week Sat nam x
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