September 30, 2016

What do we do When we’re Uninspired in Life? The Buddhist Approach.


Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis presents:

In today’s episode, Waylon, inspired by his lack of coffee, shares the Buddhist take on how to deal with boredom.

All of us want to be present, to show up for our lives, to experience love, to experience fulfillment, to experience joy and happiness, and we can’t do that if we’re constantly running away from the present moment. The present moment is where anything good happens. ~ Waylon Lewis

The way we cut through the low level fear, or boredom, and get to genuine happiness, a life of service, total relaxation—it’s available right here if we learn how to relax into “hot boredom,” rather than running away from boredom through distraction. (Read more on why Boredom is good for you.)

Boredom is necessary and we have to work with it. ~ Trungpa Rinpoche

We can incorporate meditation as a part of our regular, daily routine, as a part of mind maintenance, like brushing our teeth, in order to practice working with feelings like boredom and fear—it’s kind of like exercising our patience muscle!

Watch the video to learn more about what is meant by “hot boredom” and “cool boredom,” and join Waylon and friends in a short meditation and discussion.

We had some great conversation with our readers today—400 comments, a record! Thanks to all who participated.

Here are a few of our favourite comments—big love from us and our readers to Isabella.

This meditation was an answer to what I was looking for today. I’ve been running from my feelings all week after suffering a miscarriage. I finally felt accepting and welcoming of my grief, and I feel so free. Thank you so much for this. ~ Isabella DuPre

Feeling uninspired can can spiral into depression. Inspire yourself by taking a moment to yourself and only you. Sit, take a deep breath and value all you have around you. Let your heart smile.Dorrance Fam 

Kindness you cost nothing & it would be great if we could spread it like jam! ~ Keith Blodwell  

Losing someone hurts. We need to continue, look forward and find find find value in your life and self. I have trouble with this regardless.Art Torres

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Relephant Reads:

Boredom is good for you.

The Buddhist View of Loneliness as a Good Thing.

Best Buddhist Books for Beginners with Simple Meditation Instruction.

Obstacles and Antidotes to Daily Meditation.

How to Meditate: The Dathun Letter, via Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

10 Great Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes.

Pema Chodron: How to do Tonglen, a meditation practice for difficult times.




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