Waiting in A Queue
You have joined one of those long tiresome queues. Usually, people bring along something to read, play Nintendo, or watch others, to avoid boredom. But, you don't need such crutches. It is possible to avoid feeling bored altogether. Imagine Buddhist monks, who sit quietly for hours while they meditate. The have found a cure for boredom. In the stillness of RB, your rational brain, there is actually no space for boredom!
A Tiresome Task
Mental fatigue can be caused by the repetitive tasks. Boredom in such a situation is understandable. But, to feel that a task is too hard, or too easy is only an excuse. In the real world, there is no task, which is not substantially repetitive and tiresome. An accountant for a multinational corporation repeats many procedures over the years. A software architect pores over an infinity of details. Even the President of a country sits for hours, listening to monotonous speeches and reports. In every field, there are people, who cope successfully with such situations. If you feel weary about such situations, remember, there is a cure for boredom.
Nothing To Do
There are times, when a news item, or a movie scene grabs your attention and keeps you absorbed. But, have you not kept switching channels on TV, to find nothing interesting? Even the replay of a favorite movie feels boring and uninteresting. It is important to realize that you are being manipulated by your nervous system. The restlessness and lack of interest are the effects of programmed emotional signals. Once you have learned the simple cure for boredom, your mind will find so many interesting things to attend to.
It is Not The Situation, But The Emotion
There are people who enjoy even the most repetitive assembly line work and others, who maintain a steadily depressed attitude to life and complain bitterly of monotony even on the most varied work. It is the attitude and not the work, which makes the difference. The first cure for boredom is the realization that it is not the situation, but an emotion, which is acting up within you.
The Power Of Emotions
An emotion envelops you in its level of consciousness. Your nervous system has succeeded over millions of years by routinely focusing all available resources on a single objective. All the knowledge available is dedicated to achieving that goal. To enable this, your intuition inhibits all “unsuitable data.”
If you are angry, the system excludes all pleasant thoughts about your opponent, so that you can mercilessly crush her. If you are fearful, you fail to remember all the times you succeeded. Fear compels you to escape, without being tempted to stay back and fight. So, also, when you are bored, the system inhibits pleasant memories and colors the situation bleak. The system is manipulating you.
A Cure For Boredom - A Sudden Change Of Viewpoint
In its intuitive decision making process, your mind switches its viewpoints within milliseconds. Such decisions operate within your nervous system, outside your control. As Paul Eckman said, "We become aware a quarter, or half second after the emotion begins. I do not choose to have an emotion, to become afraid, or to become angry. I am suddenly angry. I can usually figure out later what someone did that caused the emotion." In most of the things you do in life, it may only take a moment for you to become bored. Self awareness is the key to stilling boredom, when it overtakes you.
A Cure For Boredom - The Power Of RB
Your mind contains RB, a rational prefrontal brain, which views any situation with equanimity. It evaluates the world without emotions. Imagine a computer printout of your boring situation. You are waiting in queue, doing a repetitive task, or trying to find something to do. It is just another thing you do in life. It can be viewed as a situation in life, not a tiresome situation. A neutral view is the view of RB. The self awareness practiced in mindfulness meditation can activate RB and your viewpoint will instantly change. You will immediately feel that it is perfectly OK to be doing nothing.
Exercises To Put RB In Charge
Boredom takes control within a few milliseconds. You are in a darkened lecture hall. Before you know it, time seems to hang heavily. You cannot focus on the slides and the drone of voices. You become bored - impatient and restless. Such emotions take control, because you are merely a troubled spectator, watching the habitual thought patterns of your emotional brain. Its inherited circuits apply animal instincts to cope with your life.
Mere words cannot convey to this emotional brain the contentment of a
tranquil mind, or the joy of exciting work. Your RB has to be
enabled to appreciate those goals through certain physical exercises and
mental routines, which still your negative emotions. The Mind
Control Tips in this website suggest several ways of stilling
One such routine, self awareness, activates RB, which can instantly still boredom. When RB becomes aware of the physical symptom of engulfing boredom, the emotion itself will get disconnected. It will vanish. When equilibrium comes, RB, your common sense, will take control. You will reach a stage, where a quiet peace surrounds you. Then you can focus on anything of interest. At a lecture, focus on constructively criticizing the speaker.
Controlling the focus of your mind provides a lasting cure for boredom. Mindfulness courses have improved the performance of novice meditators on tasks of sustained attention and working memory. They were less depressed than those who did not receive such training. The pattern sensing logic of the mind works to still boredom and change attitudes. It does take a little practice to become so self aware. But, imagine the benefits of being free of boredom for the rest of your life!
The Benefits of Being Free of Boredom
Philosophers have written that the very existence of boredom is an indication that nature has not served its purpose of making life worth living. But, they did not realize that boredom is an emotion designed by nature to keep animals focused on profitable efforts. But, with your RB level of consciousness, you have no need to be so manipulated by your nervous system.
When boredom has been overcome, RB will also find many ways to keep your mind occupied. Reduced reported levels of boredom were considered reliable indicators of whether treated drug addicts would stay clean. Long distance drivers, who reported little boredom, played mental games, such as counting of passing objects. They were also safer drivers. Just self awareness can set you free. A freed RB can develop new skills and hobbies. Freed from boredom, your own patterns sensing mechanisms will find joy in the beauty of the world around you.