Part 3 of 3
Because #boredom lacks #creativity, it is understandable that graffiti #artists, for example, try to assuage it by #writing on walls in an act of #creation that may or may not annoy everyone else in the neighborhood. We can of course try to change our circumstances in helpful ways to alleviate boredom if the opportunity is there — seeking a more challenging job, for example, or meeting new people, or taking up a hobby, or simply taking ourself out of the house for a walk in a new area. This can be helpful, especially if we are well #motivated. Boredom, in other words, can lead us to creativity and useful #innovation. But as the main cause of boredom is #internal (#ignorance), the main creative #solution is also to be found within our own minds – dismiss that fact, and we may soon enough find ourselves becoming bored by our new job, companions, nature, or hobbies. After all, we’ve been trying to change the circumstances of our lives to solve our boredom since beginningless time, yet here we all are, still finding ourselves bored.
According to #Buddhism, when we’re attached, the main opponent is non-attachment or the wish for true mental #freedom. When we’re angry the main opponent is #patience or #love. When we are indifferent, or bored, the main opponent is non-ignorance, or the #wisdom realizing emptiness and an #understanding of the mind’s #power to create. There is always something #creative to do. For example, Loren Jay Shaw managed to find creative ways to stave off boredom for three years in #solitary confinement! As with all opponents to delusions, however, we need to know about them before we can apply them. Once again I find myself #grateful for #Buddha’s teachings, or to be #honest I think I too would be bored out of my mind with #samsara by now.
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