(Alvin’s Note: Our dear fellow Life Coach, and passionate personal development extraodinaire, Paiboon Busayarak, has embarked on a 3 month initiation into Buddhist monkhood in his native Thailand. He just sent me this post via email sharing the conversations he’s had with his teacher. The words are his, the grammer tweaking is mine Enjoy!)
If you find one thing boring,
Youâ€™ll find everything boring.
Dogen, â€œGuidelines for Studying the Wayâ€
Boredom lies in our character, not in the world. â€œIf youâ€™re bored,â€ Iâ€™ve heard it said â€œyouâ€™re boringâ€. Think about this.
When youâ€™re bored, you tend to bore others. Conversely, when youâ€™re bored, it is because you are boring: you are the one who engages in the act of boring. Itâ€™s not the world that is boring you; it is you who are boring the world. This is the Buddhaâ€™s meaning.
So, when you are boring, stop doing it. Look inside and ask yourself, â€œWhy am I draining the life from this moment?â€ Answering this question restores you and the world to life. Boredom becomes impossible.