“How boring! I am meditating since 2015, but nothing happens, why should I continue?”

I asked myself a similar question during my meditation practice and now, when boredom does happen, I keep all my senses in a passive attitude.
This is the most difficult and rich way of questioning actively boredom.

Being passive to boredom allows yourself to be present without letting you distract from other thoughts.
Being passive allows you to follow the movement that being bored is creating.
Being passive allows you to test if this situation is nurturing your being and if it is useful to achieve your intention.
Being passive allows you to accept that something needs your attention.
Being passive allows you to research and let Life Energy freely circulate.

For some of us, this attitude is difficult, because it implies that you change your approach to the boredom: so instead of being frustrated that nothing happens, you are watching and listening to what does happen.

It is easier to say that it doesn’t work and to blame myself.
It is easier than observing and being fully in practice.
It is easier than asking a more experienced person for a suggestion.
Easier than trusting myself and nurture my intention to keep the practice.

The consequence is that I do something else and enter in a behavioral spiral that makes me abandon the present and future practices.
This behavioral spiral can be nurtured with the judgment of the practice’s quality and the attachment to comparisons with others, with the side effect that the boredom gets nurtured by decreasing your self-esteem.

Trusting the inner voice with Meditation,
picture Coopzeitung/Heiner H.Schmitt Jr.

This attitude nurtures also the speed of automatic actions and ensures a certain distance between your head, your heart and your gut.

It will keep us away from the core of the practice.
Away from our inner voice.
Away from our emotions.
Away from our intention.
Away from our instinctive actions.

So, next time you feel boredom, take an active attitude and keep your senses in a passive state. Let your inner voice manifest. You can reason about your practice without being attached to judgments or expectations. Change the way you react at boredom and keep nurturing the reasons why you began your practice. Give a chance to your practice! You will find out the signals of your body, follow them! Knowing that our body is precious and does not want to suffer, to hate or to stay ignorant! And your self-trust will increase!

When this question rose during the Shiatsu Session, I worked with my client on bringing more space in the body and in the meridians. We were searching for a “fluent” connection between mind-heart-gut and the needed to nurture the client’s growth. This connection helped the client to approach the situation in a more proactive attitude. Accepting that boredom is the stimulus to be more curious and go deeper into your nurturing practice.

I can’t wait to read your responses and your feedback. I am sure that my client and I are not the only ones having this “boring” sensation! I thank each of you who will share their thoughts with me.

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– Mar 15 – Jul 16: Meditation guide (Tibet Institut), Mentor Loten DahortsangCertificate

Massimo Martino
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