A seed of discontent?


Is being bored a problem? Could it actually be a solution?

Boredom vs aimlessness is a critical concept for two reasons. First, boredom is usually addressed by distracting yourself. Just the act of distracting yourself may be a useful coping skill in the short term, but over time we just end up running away from things that may seem to be more boredom-provoking, like sitting quietly.

Yet we know sitting quietly is a type of skill set used by many. How do they do it? It seems crazy hard - and boring!

A Brief Meditation on Analogy

The key is mindfulness. When we are bored, we have become mindless. The feeling of being bored can remind us that we are not in a mindful state.