Notes from the Library

Tue, 26 May 2015

Beyond Boredom and Depression

Have you ever considered that perhaps we need not be bored with any situation? If we have some understanding and control over the mind, maybe we don’t have to be bored. Without changing the conditions, we can overcome boredom. Could it be just a matter of changing our attitude? Could it be simply seeing the way things are now and being able to accept them as they are, without being overwhelmed by an excessive thirst for something new? Then, in that moment of accepting the ways things are now, we can experience fulfillment and peace.

Everything is interesting if you look closely and open your mind to it. There is fascination in the smallest thing: a grain of sand, a flower, the light of the sun through the trees, the stars at night, in the silence or in the noise. It can all be interesting once the mind arouses that interest. Notice that the mind arouses interest rather than arousing craving for something else. The mind can generate interest with equal ease. If you generate the interest, you have the gratification of being interested. In other words you feel alive, you feel animated, you may even feel excited.

Really? I can’t yet convince myself of this.

Sun, 01 Feb 2015

Six Kinds of Loneliness | Pema Chödrön

Reading this on Friday has been helping me over the weekend to see loneliness and boredom too as just passing clouds. I was already making some progress on doing that for anger, but I wasn’t doing so well on life dissatisfaction on a wide scale; that is, dissatisfaction with job, living standards etc. rather than dissatisfaction with the present moment.

Wed, 08 Oct 2014

Beauty ≠ truth | Aeon magazine

Thu, 18 Sep 2014

The Running Novelist

Wed, 17 Sep 2014

Life seems somewhat like a party that I was dropped into. At first I was shy and awkward and didn't know what the rules were. I was afraid of doing the wrong thing. It turned out that I was there to enjoy myself and I didn't know how to do that. Someone kind talked to me and made me laugh. I began to understand that actually I had to make up my own rules and then live by them. —Gillian Bennett

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