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Bored?

Disengage Yourself for A While


Pulkit Sharma

w hen was last time you experienced


boredom? Was it a few days back,
yesterday, today or now?How did you deal
with feeling bored- do you sulk and let it be, seek
he had left in his lab, killing harmful bacteria, and
this led to the discovery of antibiotics. Isaac
Newton was relaxing in the garden when an apple
fell, inspiring him to understand the law of gravity.
refuge in any random activity, or do you find any Percy Spencer found that the chocolate bar in his
constructive way of being with your own self? pocket had melted mysteriously while he was taking
Many may consider boredom be a common feeling, a stroll in front a vacuum tube and this gave him an
because an increasing number of people are idea of a microwave oven.
becoming chronically bored. They appear
The Guru Granth Shahib tells us that real treasure is
disinterested in whatever they are doing; they feel
deep within us, but our mind makes us wander,
scared to be with their own selves and are
searching for it. By stilling the mind and connecting
frantically looking for distractions.
with the deeper layer of our being, we can realise
These are the people who like to be on the move our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual
and are constantly busy doing something or other. potential. The starting point can be developing a
Modern Technology and consumerist culture have profound awareness of our breath. Once we learn to
created novel and unmatched methods to kill time, breathe consciously, our breath becomes a thread
but do these really help? Usually connecting our body mind and
these distractions work as an spirit, uniting our individual
anaesthetic, numbing the discomfort consciousness with the cosmic
for some time. But sooner than later, consciousness.
the person is back to the painful feeling
Become conscious of your
od monotony. Moreover, these
breath for a second several
distractions seem to mimic drugs-
times during a day. Slowly,
people get addicted to them, need
conscious breathing will
intense version of the feel good and
replace unconscious breathing
can’t imagine a life without them. In
and your inhalation and exhalation will become
long run, this sabotages their growth and evolution
deeper and full of intensity. This creates the ground
because they are forever trapped in activities,
for the advent of higher consciousness in simple
relationship and life choices that don’t make much
acts of life. A time comes when you no longer need
sense at a deeper level.
artificial outer stimulation to feel good. For you
Let’s not forget that at times, there is a great value
start finding pleasure in being with your breath,
in being disengaged and staying relaxed, silent, and
yourself and the world around you. Remember the
quite. Great discoveries have been made by people
divine is bliss, the world he created is inherently
when they were happily absorbed in solitude.
blissful and this bliss in enshrined deep within you.
Alexander Fleming came back from a vacation and
What you need is willingness, openness and
observed that a strange fungus had grown on culture
certitude to reclaim this innate bliss and rejoice in
yourself.
The writer is a clinical psychologist in Puducherry
.