Day 52 (of 1i9) on boredom with thanks to @perfinker
A neat share happened earlier this week about boredom and creativity…
I liked the link: http://www.openculture.com/2019/11/the-benefits-of-boredom.html
and the followup question – in an age of connectivity, what do we do to “get bored” – mindfully as Disney+ launched and I watched the Mandalorian before falling asleep on launch day (heard a rumour it would be live at midnight pdt and it was…!) – which is a good reminder that in today’s day and age we don’t ever have to be bored, in fact we may have to work harder than ever to become bored….or as Ron Swanson put it (Parks and Rec tv series)
Because it is almost hard to be bored. Netflix is amazing enough, but with Disney+ and Amazon Prime among others (looking forward to binging Man in the High Tower! Ooh and a new episode of The Mandalorian is released today!!!) it is too easy to have more than enough stuff to do (let alone the pile of books on my physical and digital shelfs still to be read!)
And I encourage that “delightful pause” that is boredom. The brain needs processing time and boredom is a great opportunity for the mind to get busy – once it realizes it can and doesn’t have to keep processing new data inputs!
Heck – in class times and presentations I have even used “Boredom Breaks” of various lengths. No reading. No colouring or doodling. Just being. It is not as easy as it sounds in an era when it is so easy to put on a song or podcast while waiting for people or things to happen. I admit that is a good thing to a great extent but there is a reason when my kids (at home or at school) say “I’m bored” that I respond with “you’re so lucky – stop bragging”
So find a time and be bored. Even for a few minutes. I still believe it is a valuable exercise and practice for our minds!