Friday, May 18, 2018

(Self-help) Boredom Now

Often we hear, "I'm bored". Have you asked why and of what exactly? Is it boring to live? Being bored comes into our lives when we're distracted inwardly and outwardly. But how to cope? 

Be aware of the process of boredom  
  1. Boredom enters our lives unknowingly as culture, tradition, pleasure, love or basic acceptance.
  2. Boredom is then perpetuated by family, friends, culture, authority, patriotism, freedom, faith and or belief.
  3. Boredom is then reacted upon as a social and personal reality.
  4. Boredom then becomes a habitual reaction, seen as normal, necessary and to be avoided.
What constitutes boredom? 
  1. The failure to achieve a personal goal.
  2. Excessive eating or lack of exercise or mental stimulation. 
  3. Recreational sex.
  4. Social crime and personal neglect as in hygiene, family or personal responsibility. Or a sense of idleness, life passing you by.
These cultural reactions easily become distractions when we've failed ourselves, family or community which are reflected as mischief or boredom. 

Overcome boredom
  1. Firstly, being aware of ourselves is primary; how boredom is accepted as in observing the process by which we come in contact with it.
  2. Be mindful of your reaction to failure in not reaching a goal. 
  3. What is your reaction to isolation and stagnation? What do you do? (have sex, sulk, shop, play video's, drink etc.)
In short, as we become socially and personally aware of the process of boredom, that observance dissipates our reaction because Life, and not culture or traditional reactions of the mind, awaits in the absence of boredom.