Fight the temptation to fill boredom with busyness.
Resist the urge to reach for your cell phone. Relinquish the need to look something up. Wait to check your email, your social media, your news outlet.
For a moment, just sit with the irritation of having an open moment. Witness all the momentum and inertia pushing you to keep moving, keep doing. Feel all the subtle agitation and static energy that insist on you shifting your attention somewhere else.
In order to avoid the uncomfortableness of the present we consume- food, ideas, news, pictures, entertainment- anything we can fit in that space at that time.
In order to avoid the hollowness of the present we do- all kinds of things.
At the root of all of these lie fear, uncertainty and doubt. We consume and do all sorts of things just to avoid these unpleasant feelings and perceptions. Our assumption is that by consuming and doing we might be able to avoid them all together. We haven't succeeded to date.
Cultivate space in your life. Carve out intentional moments. Create boundaries. This is your battle field.
As you learn to rest with openness, all the irritation, boredom and anxiousness are undermined. As you dig deeper, fear and uncertainty have no ground on which to stand. No longer holding onto any ground, openness gives rise to a natural outpouring of inner wealth and fullness. A wellspring of generosity, kindness and compassion springs forth with nothing left to hold it back.
Of course, when you share generosity, kindness and compassion you are making yourself vulnerable. With openness comes vulnerability, with vulnerability comes fear.
This is the dance. Dance with openness. Dance with fear. And I'm sorry in advance if a couple toes get stepped on.