Thursday, May 04, 2006

Babysit your boredom

From one of my favorite writers, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (who reminds me of Donald Kilbuck, or vice versa):

BABYSITTING YOUR BOREDOM

"When people say they are bored,often they mean that they don't want to
experience the sense of emptiness,which is also an expression of openness
and vulnerability. So they pick up the newspaper or read anything else
that's lying around the room --even reading what it says on a cereal box to
keep themselves entertained. The search for entertainment to baby-sit your
boredom soon becomes legitimized as laziness. Such laziness actually
involves a lot of exertion. You have to constantly crank things up to
occupy yourself, overcoming your boredom by indulging in laziness....The
remedy to that approach is renunciation....For the warrior, renunciation is
giving away, or not indulging in, pleasure for entertainment's sake. We are
going to kick out any preoccupations provided by the miscellaneous
babysitters in the phenomenal world."

Another way to put it is:

blah blah blah becomes blog blog blog.

Ok, kiddies, who wants me to sing songs from the "Little Mermaid"! please don't pee on the floor! please don't color on the walls! please don't throw gobs of jelly in your sister's hair, and please, whatever you do, don't hide in your parents' suit of pseudo armor and get stuck in there. Please, no!

1 Comments:

Blogger Jonnie 7-11 said...

I haven't been bored in years

9:52 PM  

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