But that is the point! This is one of the things you encounter on a practice such as this. You could call it a gift. Sitting with the discomfort of boredom is a revelation – it requires a willingness to surrender and a certain amount of discipline. A willingness to be curious – and see what's underneath. Ask yourself why it is so ucomfortable. In the big scheme of things, the discomfort of boredom isn't that major. Can you do it?
These days we will do anything to escape boredom. But why? Why do we have this need to be constantly entertained? Perhaps it is because when you strip it all away, the TV, the smartphone, the Internet, the computer games, the recorded music and all the other distractions of choice, you are left with the inner landscape of you. That can be scary, because in the spinning hubbub that we create in our lives, we never have to look at that. It's too real. Some of it can be difficult, but once you can accept that there are flaws and shady bits, regrets and mistakes, then it's actually beautiful. It is beautiful in its brokenness, its good old humanness.
The Japanese have a beautiful concept called wabi-sabi, which is an acknowledgement and honouring of the beauty found in imperfection and transience. There is something extraordinary about the way humans are sooo imperfect, and yet we keep going and are capable of mindblowing beauty and incredible compassion.
If you are reading this and are curious about the practice, I recommend you take the plunge and do it. It will be different for you, but parts of it will be the same. We are all trying to navigate this beautiful/treacherous world in which we find oursleves. May you be well. May you be safe. May you be happy. Namaste.
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