Allow yourself to be bored…allow yourself to be bored. Hmmm, is this even a possibility for me? I’m already feeling guilty because in my mind, being busy and being productive is key to my purpose, my income, my interaction in the community and my desire to not be bored. BUT, in this chapter, we’re supposed to practice being bored so that we can find peace. Brilliant! That is a mantra of the Don’t Sweat Adventure so I will persevere in order to attain my goal of attaining inner peace and stressing less.
I like and can relate to the paragraph that states that much of our anxiety and inner struggle(s) stems from our busy, overactive minds always needing something to entertain them, something to focus on and always wondering “What’s next?” That’s me alright. It is so unbelievably impossible for me to sit in any room in my house and not find something that needs my attention. Dishes in the sink? Laundry that needs to be put away? Filing? Bill paying? A dusty lampshade? Leaves to rake? Something to stain or paint? Email to read and answer. I can even busy myself arranging things for my family to do! For example, I can look at my husband relaxing on the couch and come up with a “to do” list that he could never get done. I can interrupt his quiet time to interject my suggestions and ask, “Don’t you have something better to do?” How can he be wasting his time doing nothing? Simply, he’s blest with inner peace and I am not. I can take it one step futher. I can observe people in various work situations and (in my mind) could instruct them on how to do their job better. I might be in a waiting room for an appointment and strike up a conversation with some poor unsuspecting person to make my observations known about the inefficiency of the office personnel, so that I might obtain their agreement for my keen sense of productivity and order.
This is nuts and it certainly is stressful! I create my own little stressors.
Richard Carlson describes that,
The beauty of doing nothing is that it teaches you to clear your mind and relax. It allows your mind the freedom to “not know,” for a brief period of time. Just like your body, your mind needs an occasional break from its hectic routine. When you allow your mind to take a break, it comes back stronger, sharper,more focused and creative.
I’ve never learned the art of meditation but I imagine that what he is suggesting is similar, but without a chant. By just being, just letting yourself be in your surroundings, breathing, relaxing and clearing your mind is what we need to practice not only for this week, but as we continue to work our way through the chapters of this book and the chapters of our lives…
ClickHere: 5 Ways To Meditate For Beginners
So here goes. Repeat after me. I (state your name) do solemnly swear. Do solemnly swear, to..to sit still. To sit still. To breath and relax. To breath and relax. To enjoy my quiet time. To enjoy my quiet time. And. And. Not anticipate what will happen next. Not anticipate what will happen next.
Try this for a few moments each day. No TV. No radio. No computer, notebook, cell phone. No distractions. PERIOD. Find a quiet, kid free, people free, pet free zone and zone out! Ahhh, now doesn’t that feel better?
My husband and I are about to go take a break and venture into the deep woods of Maine, so that my husband can do some upland hunting and so that I can be unplugged, literally, from anything that uses power. Like our government, I will be on shut down. My plan is to take pictures, do some reading, writing, play my guitar and learn to be bored. I hope that I will get really good at it. I hope to send a progress report, but I think I have to drive about 40 miles to civilization. Maybe by the time I return and get caught up on everything, our government will still be running, the mail will be stacked up and the bills, email, and voicemail messages won’t seem so overwhelming. Perhaps my brain will have had the mental break that it needed to come back stronger, sharper, more focused and creative!
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