Watching Boredom

We tend to drop out of meditating when it is perceived to be boring, and question the need for it. This is an opportunity to use boredom as the object of our meditation, to watch it, and practice the skill of being with unwelcome situations while steadying our cravings, reactions and impulses.

Bored Poem, Margaret Atwood (extract)

Why do I remember it as sunnier 
all the time then, although it more often 
rained, and more birdsong? 
I could hardly wait to get 
the hell out of there to 
anywhere else. Perhaps though 
boredom is happier. It is for dogs or 
groundhogs. Now I wouldn’t be bored. 
Now I would know too much. 
Now I would know.

Guide: Noelle Lim

Image credit: Scott Serhat Duygun, Unsplash

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