I'm so bored
"Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive - it's such an interesting world . . ." ~ L. M. Montgomery
L.M. Montgomery was the author of the Anne of Green Gables books. What an imagination she had! I came across the above quote recently and I got to thinking about just how foreign a concept "boredom" really is to me, when there is literally an endless supply of topics about which to learn, a plethora of experiences to be had and a world rich in beauty, blessings and adventure.
When the phrase "I'm bored" creeps into your mind, it's a good sign that it's time to recharge your imagination! Instead of insisting on being entertained, one thing we can do is learn to focus on our breath, slowly breathing in and then breathing out fully. Concentrating on nothing but our breath flowing in and then out again.
This is a simple, yet very effective form of meditation that brings us back to the present moment and to awareness of our body and Spirit. It helps us to still and quiet the mind-chatter so we're better able to access and hear our inner, quiet, Spirit self, beyond the ego-mind. It helps us center ourselves so we may be more authentic, aware and responsive, rather than reactive. It can also lead to inspiration for a new project, idea, plan, goal or direction. No more boredom!
More boredom-busting ideas:
- Call a friend
- Go for a walk
- Put on some music and dance
- Pick up a book
- Have a bath
- Do something childlike (for example, blow some bubbles!)
- Draw, paint or take a few photos
- Pamper yourself
- Have a cup of tea or coffee
- Find a new recipe to try out
- Organize a cluttered closet or desk