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The Boring Mind

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2005-11-22
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



When do you find yourself bored? What do you do to prevent boredom from arising? What level of entertainment do you depend upon to keep your life exciting and interesting? What conclusion does boredom reach about this moment? When this state arises, is there fear that you may be a boring person or that life without stimulation may not be worth living? This week study all aspects of boredom—when and under what circumstances it arises, how you counter the mind state, any fear that might arise, and conclusions that are drawn. Instead of acting out the boredom or applying counter measures, sit and be patient. Do not listen to the boredom-induced thoughts. Watch the state of mind itself closely and arouse interest in seeing what it is. It is the mind’s defense against being here and now and cannot withstand close attention. Until we are willing to see through this mindstate, practice will arrest whenever boredom arises.

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