Boredom, an Underrated State

Rachel Fuller 

Rachel Fuller 

If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen, then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers it is not boring at all
— John Cage

Someone  told me on a retreat that she was incredibly bored. She decided that rather than looking for something to engage with, she would just investigate boredom. When we met again she’d had this incredible experience.

In meditation we turn towards what is actually happening, if that’s boredom, fine bring it on, explore boredom. Can you really say that one state of mind is more or less interesting than another?

When some free time opens up in our lives it can feel uncomfortable. We’ve longed for it and now we have it doesn’t feel good at all. It’s like going cold turkey, we are coming off ‘busyness’ and we don’t know how long it will be till it feels good. 

Don't do anything. 

Eventually a certain space opens up, this is the space that mediation and creativity comes from. 

Some people grumble about monotony,...such complaints are the marks of immaturity, sensible people don’t like things happening.
— Halldor Laxness in Independent People