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Boredom – A State Undefined

Boredom

A State Undefined

“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.”
Henry David Thoreau

I’m bored.

We have all said it and if you have kids you have probably heard it, a lot.

But what is boredom?

You are not really angry and technically you are not sad though some would say that depression is quite boring. A simple observation would say that boredom is not having fun but honestly speaking that does not define the state, it only describes what it is not.

So what does it mean to be bored?

Well my dad always had a great saying,”Boredom is lack of purpose or direction”. As a teenager that really meant very little to me and even in my early to mid 20’s it only sounded like words. I have definitely wrestled with this concept quite a bit in my life, but I know I am not the only person on this planet that has felt this way. After some self observation and reflection I made a revision to the definition of boredom; the state of not appreciating the present due to not being able to clearly perceive the significance of your current actions or inaction and how they relate to your existence. A bit of a mouthful I’ll see if I can work a simplified version of that out some time.

Boredom=Ungrateful

You’re ungrateful…….. It sounds harsh but it’s not meant as a judgement, more of an objective observation. We all have our moments don’t worry it’s not just you.

The great thing about being human is that within the very essence of our existence survive innate instructions for evolution. With a little self appreciation you can find yourself sitting on the floor of your empty one bedroom apartment……..smiling.  My thought being that if you can be in a situation such as that and be grateful then the possibilities should be damn near limitless.

Sometimes I get trapped inside my mind and let it tell me things like I should be achieving all the things of my dreams, or engage in the foolish endeavor of trying to compare my life’s accomplishments to another’s in an attempt at self validation. No matter who plays that game no one ever wins, for in the eyes the ego, contentment is dangerous.

I can say personally that most of the time when I’m bored it is because I feel helpless towards the “circumstance” of my life, probably because I am allowing myself to believe that I should be doing things other than what I currently am. Quite the ridiculous thought when you see it written, though that may be the nature of writing your thoughts, nonetheless a reflection worth considering. The funny thing about thinking you should be doing something different is that you are tricking yourself into believing that an external force has control over you a mostly autonomous being.

Shackled

Perhaps you have legitimate reasons for your dissatisfaction with life maybe even a few that were actually beyond your realm of control. Are you willing to let those moments dictate your ability to the enjoy the present? Will you shackle your state of mind to the mechanisms of a false sense of self?

We all do it occasionally just some more often or for longer periods of time.

It’s actually a very justifiable course of action in life as we are bombarded with images of people “living” or catchy expressions telling you that you are not trying hard enough. These tools of mass distraction are designed to pull on our inability to define our existence within this world, they are created to resonate as true with your lower thought patterns as a way of causing psychological clutter and making you feel disconnected from the part of you that is linked to all other things in this life.

Simplicity vs Omniscience

It’s really not much of a contest,  true omniscience does not exist within our plane of reality. The comparison is really just meant to illustrate a point would you prefer to have the ability to say you don’t know the future and the complete impact of all of your decisions or would you like to painstakingly doubt all of your choices for fear of their consequences.

The answer seems obvious to me.

I guess what  I am trying to say is that we don’t really know if we were “supposed” to be professional athletes or homeless junkies, any more than if deciding to order delivery for dinner saved us from being hit by a drunk driver. So who are we to say that we shouldn’t be staying at home with our family on a Friday night or working overtime to get a loved one a gift?

Occasionally I am lucky enough to catch myself when I am in one of those moments with a brief glimpse a clarity, and realize there about just as many things I would prefer to be doing than not doing at this time. So I congratulate myself and resume doing what ever disgusting, menial, or monotonous thing I was just complaining about doing.

Acknowledging Your Freedom

Sometimes I forget that I have the choice to do something other than what I am doing or more importantly forget that I have the power to choose how I feel about it. One funny trend from my life is that I love helping people when they ask, but when they tell me to do it I instantly rebel, even when it is the exact same task. The premise of this concept is that as a person I don’t like doing something when I feel I have no choice about it, but when given a choice I will gladly comply.

Why?

I’m not really sure but it is a very consistent observation I have made in my life. Perhaps it is because I appreciate being able to exercise the freedom I have been fortunate enough to be granted. Maybe I’m just childish.

Regardless boredom is like making yourself into a victim and at that point you are surrendering your power or ability to the world around you instead of leveraging towards your peace of mind.

Let me wrap this is up with question.

Would you complain about being bored if you definitively knew it was leading to something amazing?

Thanks for tuning in and as always you are worth MORE THAN GOLD.

Love,

Sam

 

Agatha Christie – Eternity

Everything that has existed, lingers in the Eternity.

Agatha Christie – Love

It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.

Agatha Christie – Gratitude

I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.

Ernest Hemingway – Appreciation

The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.

Manifesting – A Mindful Practice

Manifesting

A Mindful Practice

Manifesting, what does this mean?

According to Merriam-Webster it is defined as “readily perceived by the senses and especially by the sense of sight”

Honestly speaking when I hear the word manifest I think of a genie, you know the kind that live in old lamps, a mental image of items materializing in front of me seems to be my direct interpretation. Which of course is not exactly as we see described above

When I think about it a little deeper I realized that I had been confusing manifesting with wishing for magic. Now some people might have already had a clear definition of this word but something tells me I am not the only person to fall victim of this misinterpretation.

So what does it really mean to manifest your true intentions?

Well it is clear that it does not mean making the things you want in your life just magically appear.

My interpretation of this expression is that, to manifest your true intentions means fine tuning your mind to be hypersensitive to people, places and things that resonate harmoniously with the great essence that dwells within you.

What? Yeah I know hold on, Let me adjust my vernacular.

Manifesting your true intentions is like calibrating your mind and body so that they can notice all the things around you that make you feel at peace thus allowing you to act upon things that uplift your spirit.

I think that makes more sense…….I hope.

Why do people keep talking about it?

First off it just sounds so damn catchy right?

People are prone to repeat things that have a certain ring to them. Then there is the whole wishing for magic things that could be causing some of this as well.

Other than bogus “spiritual” leaders or new age philosophers having something new to sell you in their next book what is the importance of this practice?

It seems clear to me that becoming attuned to the things that help elevate your spirit is like magnetizing your life to naturally attract things that help you grow with appreciation.

When we look at the world at large we can say there is a growing percentage of people who are becoming more disconnected from their higher power, inner being or self. If I were to assert my observation on this situation then I would say it seems that quite a few people are in careers, fields of study, relationships, and locations that do not agree with what they truly want for their life.

Perhaps the collective consciousness is pushing towards practices that will put us back in touch with our true self and how to change the course of this ill fated journey known as the human experience.

Sounds like a bunch of psychobabble

Fair enough, but if you have gotten this far into the blog entry then it is safe to say you would like to have a little bit more  of the things that make your soul feel at ease in your life.

I consider it equivalent to exercise or reading, except you don’t need anything other than a little bit of time and the desire to live a life that brings out your true potential. Personally I don’t see anything negative in wanting to consciously improve your life so that it reflects your inner most desires.

How does one manifest?

There are quite a few people out there that will sell you workshops or one on one training in this practice. By all means if you are interest in paying someone else to help you remember how to tap into your innate prosperity then that is your decision. Of course you might as well be purchasing your own flatulence in a jar because manifesting is something you do naturally.

The truth of the matter is we are all expert manifesters sometimes so good we end up getting buried under negativity and mindless garbage.

Policing  Your Thoughts

Don’t worry this can easily be changed it simply requires you practice a habit I like to call “policing your thoughts” this doesn’t mean imposing your negative emotions from being picked on in high school on your thoughts. What it means is actively watching your thoughts and feelings to make sure that you are not focusing on the negative aspects of your life or projecting your fears into your foreseeable future.

Along with “policing your thoughts” you must learn to get in touch with things that resonate with your true essence. This is actually a lot easier than you would think because your body and mind are giving you cues as to what reflects your true intent. The real problem is you don’t know that you are missing these cues because they have been inadequately labeled your personal interests on average.

Mindful Practice

So steal a couple minutes from your day ask yourself questions such as “What do I want from life? How do i feel about my current situation? What are things I enjoy most about my existence?” Keep an eye out for negative thought processes such as doubt or unfounded skepticism. When you find yourself in that moment of extreme bliss stop for a second try to observe what you are doing so you can try to recreate it or foster a life that cultivates that feeling.

Thanks for tuning in and as always you are worth MORE THAN GOLD

THANK YOU and I LOVE

Sam

Grateful – Acknowledging My Blessings

grateful

Acknowledging my blessings

Gratitude is a very common theme for my posts whether it be a quote or 1000 word entry.

Over the last few months I have noticed that I receive so much love and support it makes me feel like one of the most fortunate people on the planet.

On average it seems that I get the support of at least 40 good friends and family, honestly speaking some of them I haven’t had a direct conversation with in years. When I see the names of the people from my past that still care about me, regardless of my poor communication with them, it really illustrates the fact that I am incredibly fortunate.

So to make sure I practice what I preach I want to tell the people who do take the time to read these long-winded entries how much I appreciate their support.

Outwardly it appears that all of my endeavors in life just happen casually without any fear or hesitancy, well that is quite far from the truth. The only reason I am able to keep my cool and roll with the punches in life is because I am constantly showered with love and confidence.

A recent concept has really struck home with me lately, you are a sum of characteristics of the people around you. Well with this digital day and age it is safe to say “around” you is a little ambiguous. Though I do know the effects of people on the other side of the world sharing their thoughts and feelings with a complete stranger such as myself, have just as much of an impact on me as sitting down with a good friend in person.

There are a few times I have been told how much people love hearing about what’s going on in my life and it really surprises me every time. Even I get caught up in the game of ego telling myself where I should be in life right now instead of just acknowledging my current situation with appreciation. So when I hear this it reminds of how much I am loved, which in turn makes it much easier for me to focus on the positive.

Probably one of my favorite things about having so much support is that it becomes much easier to look at potential challenges as opportunities instead of risks. The moment I see someone overcoming adversity in their life, I instantly gain perspective on mine. Because as I see you going through ups and downs like me, then it becomes easier to respect myself the way I respect you.

One of the hardest things a person can do is describe their character or identify their values. As I look around at the people who I interact with the most, whether in the digital or physical sense, it begins to fall in place. I am successful, kind, inspiring, talented, hard-working, friendly, generous and fortunate but these traits are not mine to possess, they are inherited through the company I keep and merely cultivated by my actions.

This is me saying thanks to all the people who take the time to read this because of you I am successful, kind, inspiring, talented, hard-working, friendly, generous and fortunate which means I have some amazing people in my life. To me you are all worth More Than Gold.

THANK YOU and I LOVE YOU.

Sam

Dr.Seuss – Good Night

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.

Dr.Seuss – Perception

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

Franz Kafka – Necessities

So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being.