Boredom and Escaping

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     from: 2008.09.01 07:00 - Rest and Be Well

    Adelene Dawner: … I’m less bored with people. Less bored in general, actually.
    Fael Illyar: boredom is becoming very rare :)
    Fael Illyar: although I did have some of that today :P
    Fael Illyar: I was waiting for my mother to decide what files to backup from their computer since it’s going to be reinstalled soon and answering whatever questions she had about it.
    Fael Illyar: so, I was just waiting on her a lot of the time.
    Dakini Rhode: a practice like ours can transform waiting into opportunity :)
    Fael Illyar: Yes, I did end up meditating once I noticed I was bored.


    Adelene Dawner wonders if the meditating would count as a form of distraction in that case…
    Gaya Ethaniel: That depends on what one tries to do when meditating Adele
    Gaya Ethaniel: If I try to ‘escape’ then yes… but if trying to be more mindful… then no
    Dakini Rhode: if your practice is to be present, to make the space for whatever arises (including uncomfortable feelings) then it's not an escape
    Adelene Dawner: ^.^
    Gaya Ethaniel: At times, it’s good to meditate to feel calmer certainly
    Gaya Ethaniel: Meditation is wonderful… it can help me to do many things
    Fael Illyar: Yes, I’ve found it very useful as well :)
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Dakini Rhode: yes - being mindful is allowing whatever arises to be there, and looking at it directly (boredom, even)
    Dakini Rhode: the opposite of an escape, but the effect is to free the mind
    Fael Illyar: rather interesting, really that while escape has no chance to work, going head on does what you’d expect from escaping and more :)
    Dakini Rhode: very well said, Fael :)
    Gaya Ethaniel nods ‘and at times takes courage to do so’
    Dakini Rhode: very much so :)

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