Tired of isolation? Getting exhausted from doing 'nothing' while this pandemic is happening?
Join us to learn why boredom is a beautiful thing, and your fatigue could actually be from energy overload.
Special guest: Deanne Barrett, M.A. from Radiant Mom Podcast - radiantmom.ca/
This is a recording of our free online event designed to bring our community of sensitive souls together and provide an opportunity to connect, meditate, and support one another.
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Believe it or not, boredom is one of our most powerful and exciting emotions. Even though it's uncomfortable and you'd rather wriggle out from underneath it, boredom is a supremely useful emotion and often is a signal that something important is about to happen.
As Deanne said so eloquently, boredom is the space between moments. It's the feeling or experience just before something else, and we have no idea what the 'something-else' is or when it's going to happen.
Often just before we feel bored, there is another more uncomfortable feeling is there such as overwhelm, fatigue, vulnerability, resistance, or the like.
Boredom is often a distraction from something we want to run away from. Seeking escape, but not wanting to escape.
But you can learn something valuable and transformative about yourself if you lean into it. It's an indicator that what you're searching for is not 'outside' but inside. Though 'inside' can feel super uncomfortable.
Boredom is the junk drawer of emotional states
Weary, ennui, annoyance, stuck, impatience, stasis, out of control, helpless, exhausted, confused, aimless, apathy, uncertainty -- it's discomfort of all kinds.
It takes strength to lean into that collection of discomfort and allow something else to emerge. The benefit of boredom is that if you sit with it long enough, you begin to explore what lights you up and inspires you.
It's like going to bed in the junk drawer. If you're in there long enough, in boredom, something in the junk drawer will poke you, and it will nudge you forward.
That little poke from boredom can nudge you onto an interesting exploratory path that can lead you to all kinds of needed and beneficial information and actions. And then, you're not bored anymore!
Sometimes we get stuck in bored states because we actually DO know what we would rather be doing, but we are blocked from doing it, either externally or internally.
If its the mind or the inner critic holding you back, meditation and other soothing and gentle awareness practices can nudge you through to creativity.
There's an energy that's trying to move you. Give yourself permission to play and have fun. Pursue creative activities even if you'd rather not. You can take action WITH boredom and resistance.
You don't have to 'want-to'. As Deanne tells her daughter, "That's okay, wanting to isn't part of it."
You don't have to be inspired; you just have to start. Try a timer, 25 min, even 5 min, just begin on something. Grudgingly follow the little pokes and prods of the messy mix of emotions and use that to get to work.
Self-care is an important tool for alleviating boredom
Tend to your self-care and create little nourishing rituals like grounding or asking yourself what you need today. Filter out extra sources of overwhelm and get outside as much as you can (safely).
Being in nature is renewing and reviving and can offer a welcome break. And if you're unable to go outside, try a grounding meditation to bring the outside inside.
Do what you can to hit the reset button when you notice things going off the rails. Just stop for 5 minutes, or a brief moment to breathe and ground.
Approach boredom with acceptance and gentleness – relax and soften, and work at it from another angle.
Get to work lightworker!
When you are engaged in compassionate, soul-guided action, the fear melts away and only good will spring forth.
'The Secret Art of Happiness – Change Your Life with the Reiki Ideals' by Geneva Robins http://genevarobins.com/book/
Grounding Meditation by Geneva Robins https://lunaholistic.com/blog/grounding-meditation/
'Make Your Creative Dreams Real: A Plan for Procrastinators, Perfectionists, Busy People, and People Who Would Really Rather Sleep All Day' by SARK
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Deanne Barrett M.A. is an international parent educator, Reiki Master, and host of the podcast "Radiant Mom". She is dedicated to helping moms to step up as powerful leaders in their family and community. Deanne is self- isolating and homeschooling her two kids in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband.
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