“The simple cure for boredom is to give a little more attention, a little more concentration, and we will find that the more concentration we give, the more interesting the subject becomes.”
— Eknath Easwaran in The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living, Volume I
Book: Inward Bound: Exploring the Geography of Your Emotions by Sam Keen is a creative and thought-provoking examination of this psychological malaise which he calls “a common cold of the psyche” and “an equal opportunity employer.”
Book: Yawn: Adventures in Boredom by Mary Mann is a collection of intriguing essays about the pesky emotion which is the source of so much disappointment, restlessness, and alienation in people’s lives.
Book Excerpt: In this excerpt from A New Set of Eyes, Paula D’Arcy describes being restless and bored while waiting for a Native American Ceremonial Dance to begin until she really was present to her surroundings.
Film: Better Luck Tomorrow is an inventively delivered cautionary tale about some smart and upwardly mobile high school students who, bored with their lives, embark on a course of violence and self-destructiveness.
Spiritual Practice: Sumi Loundon offers a simple trick to use when things are boring: imagine the moment as if it were a movie moment, super nostalgic-like, with lots of wistful or dramatic or emotional music.
Spiritual Practices: Many of us get bored during the “dog days of summer”; here’s a collection of simple practices for those times when it seems there is nothing new under the sun.