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Why do we get bored?

" It’s about an hour or so, for the sun to wind up for the day. But he did not want to stop spreading his shine until he is around. The shadows of the setting sun could be seen in the beautiful river middling through the twin villages. The row of houses on either side was partially covered by the tall trees, half-bent but neatly curvaceous. Nature seemed to be an extra bountiful that evening without any desire to be appreciated. A couple of dogs were enjoying themselves chasing each other, but soon disappeared into the riverside thickets. Time had almost come to a standstill......". The couple from the city, who travelled miles to enjoy this nature, got bored of it soon. 

 Possibly, we need to orient ourselves to what we see, hear, feel, smell or taste and train our minds to experience the different varieties.All of us are victims of boredom. Boredom is nothing but the state of being weary and restless through lack of interest. However much we try to escape her, she catches up and casts a spell on us. We find that a new activity that we had desired to do, soon has become as boring as a dead routine that engages us daily. We could identify ourselves in the midst of the boredom during any part of the day as she is naturally unrestrictive and encompassing. To simply put it across, when our mind is not set on something to do, we develop the tendency to get bored.

Wonder as to why we do not have the same set of senses that moved a poet like William Wordsworth to raptures when he experienced the daffodils and sang, “A poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company”. Possibly, we need to orient ourselves to what we see, hear, feel, smell or taste and train our minds to experience the different varieties in the gamut that life offers. We meet people who express being bored of food, music, colors, cinema, company and even life. Instead of feeling blessed over what we have, we crave for something new and when we are unable to understand and enjoy, we condemn and justify ourselves, leading gradually to the state of boredom.

John Milton exclaimed, “The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell  Boredom is nothing but the state of being weary and restless through lack of interest.of Heaven”. To understand the state of boredom, we need to understand the mind that experiences it. While the mind is the Lord of all the five senses and the set of actions that we do, it is basically free to decide its own course. It enjoys itself seeking different avenues and does not want to settle and rest. But during its course, when our mind realizes that this is not what it had set for, it gets bored.

Though our mind wants to move on and change to the different modes of escape, it does experience a sense of tiredness. It is this moment that we need to be alert about and hold on, however discomfort it may be. Instead of allowing the mind to jump into the next activity, we need to pause for a while and reflect what is happening. If we continuously employ ourselves in the practice of holding the mind and stopping it from engaging with the next set of activities, we will experience a sense of stillness leading to a sense of joy. In this meditative state, boredom is absent.



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