Sadhguru on overcoming boredom

There's so much to explore and experience in life that getting bored is not an option

bored womanIf you’re willing to open up to the phenomenon of Life, how can you get bored? If you’ve seen the existence through and there’s nothing more to see, you can get bored, I understand that; but you don’t even know how a single cell in your body works, what a single atom means. You haven’t even explored your little finger fully, how can you already get bored?

Boredom happens because you’re not a living being, you’re a thinking being. You’re living only in your own petty creation; you’re not living in the creator’s creation. In the creator’s creation every damn thing is unique. You take a leaf and search the tree for another just like it, you will not find even one.

Everything is absolutely unique, so if you are living in the creator’s creation there is no room for boredom; but if you’re living in your own petty creation of your mind, there is boredom.

Your petty creation has been created by a little bit of fragmented data that you have gathered in your head, from that you’re creating things, naturally you will get bored. You need to get out of that creation.

You are, therefore you think

So, the movement from thinking to being has to happen. Unfortunately, all the thinkers have been propagating thought as the highest thing. See, thought is a small part of your existence, which is just a small part of you.

You are getting so enamoured with your own creation, you are missing the grandeur of the Creator’s creation, that’s all that’s happening. It’s happening to a point where people dare to say, ‘I think so I am’ or ‘I think so I exist’. Which is true? Because you exist, you think, or because you think, you exist, which way is it? Only if you exist can you think.

But because you’re in a compulsive state of thought all the time, you think without your thought the world cannot exist. That’s not true.

If you do not think, if there is no thought on the firmament of your mind—that is when existence explodes upon you. Right now, you are trapped in your own creation. That is what karma means, that you’re trapped in your own creation, that you’re missing out on the grandeur of the creation the way it is and that is why boredom exists.

Otherwise, if you look at this world. to know even one leaf you need one lifetime. That’s how intricately it’s been created. Where is the question of boredom?

Boredom is in your mind

Monotony is the nature of the mind because what happened yesterday exists as a memory in your mind. But it exists only in your mind. Nowhere else in the existence is what happened yesterday written; it’s only in your memory. So, both monotony and excitement are creations of your mind.

After all, it’s your mind, why don’t you create what you want? Suppose you’re bored of your office and you change the office tomorrow. Next you may get bored of your family, then you will want to change your family. it’s an endless process. There is only one change that will work—change in you. When you change, everything changes. If you change the outside, nothing is going to change.

Mind is monotonous

If you are not able to make your mind meditative through some means—whatever the means—the mind will be monotonous. This is because it only functions from what happened yesterday; the mind functions from its memory, imagination functions from memory. The memory is what happened yesterday. So, what happened yesterday is again happening today. So, you think you are repeating it.

You may say even the sun comes up every day. However, there is nothing monotonous about it. It’s just that life feels monotonous to you, because you have become a slave of your mind. The mind is using you up. It will completely consume you and destroy you because the mind is capable of that.

Life is exuberant

That’s why I say it doesn’t matter which way you die, you shouldn’t die of boredom. If you’re dying out of boredom that means you’ve missed life completely. You can be bored only with your thought process, you can never be bored with the life process because it’s too exuberant and too intricate.

The multi-dimensional nature of life is such that there is no room for boredom. It is far bigger and much larger than what your logical process of mind can ever grasp.

If you use all the faculties of your mind, full capacity of your mind, still you can’t grapple with the processes of life. If you live here for 1,000 years still you can’t grapple with it, you’ll still be wondering what happened. You’ll still be wondering about the fundamentals of life because it is like an onion peel, you go on peeling it, it goes on coming endlessly.

If you’re alive, there is no room for boredom in life. If you’ve just become a thought then yes, you can get bored with your own thought process, obviously. If you’re getting bored it’s time to meditate. So, the whole significance of walking the spiritual path is just this, that you do not get consumed by your body and your mind. You use your body and your mind to go where you want to go.

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, lovingly called 'Sadhguru', is a yogi and profound mystic,a visionary humanitarian and a prominent spiritual leader. A contemporary Guru, who is as comfortable in jeans as in a loincloth, Sadhguru works tirelessly towards the physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing of all.


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