Monday, July 30, 2012
Samuel Johnson wrote, “It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery, and as much happiness as possible.” One “little thing” that can be a source of unhappiness is boredom. Try these strategies if you’re bored:
1. Add the word “meditation” after the activity that’s boring you. If you’re standing in a slow line at the drugstore, you’re doing “waiting in line meditation.” If you’re cleaning up after a party, you’re doing “cleaning meditation.”
2. Dig in. Diane Arbus wrote, “The Chinese have a theory that you pass through boredom into fascination and I think it’s true.” With mindfulness, you can pass through boredom into fascination when doing boring tasks, like washing dishes.
3. Take the perspective of a journalist or scientist. Study what’s around you. What are people wearing, what do the interiors of buildings look like, what noises do you hear? If you bring your analytical powers to bear, you can make almost anything interesting.