Whenever any one says they are bored it instantly makes me think of something my friend’s dad used to say to her…’Only boring people get bored’. Noah has picked up on saying he is bored and he is only 3! I can see how tempting using that little phrase is!
One of the most common complaints I hear from people new to meditation is that they get bored when they try to meditate. Well if you suffer from this problem I am 100% sure it is not because you are boring! It is because you have a busy mind.
Sitting still for any period of time without any other distraction is an unusual thing to do for most people. It is really quite rare to have this experience. The closest most of us get to this is perhaps lying on the beach on our summer holiday or going for a coffee alone. For most of us in these situations we either ‘people watch’ or grab a newspaper or magazine to provide some entertainment and stimulation for our mind. Sitting without distraction is different.
When we sit still, alone and in peace we naturally only have our own thoughts and feelings to focus on. For many this is enough to make them think that they are bored. Your mind may well start telling you in this situation that you are bored but that is just another thought fighting for your attention and demanding that you do something about it!
Mindfulness meditation is all about noticing your thoughts as they come and go. So if a thought telling you are bored crops up then resist the urge to cling onto that thought and give up on your meditation session. Recognise that it is just a thought and then let it go. Even if this thought crops up time and time again, each time recognise it for what it is and then return to the focus of your meditation.
Thoughts that try to take us away from our meditation session come in all different forms. Some may tell us that we should be getting on with something else, some tell us that we don’t have time for this, some tell us that we don’t need it. Learning to recognise all of these as simple thoughts it amazingly liberating. Realising that the more thoughts you have the more you need some calm in your life will give you the commitment to carry on. Once you realise that you don’t have to act on your thoughts and that you can watch them come and go it opens up all sorts of possibilities in life.
On a Revitalise Day you can get an insight into any problems you have with meditation. A day of mindfulness, meditation and healthy food is the perfect way to really experience the benefits of this addition to your life. The day retreats are held in a beautiful, rural, farmhouse and they are suitable for everyone, whether you have meditated for years or whether it is all new.