Bored? How Interesting.
This is the crux of reality
and the Dharma.
‘Crux’ comes from the word ‘cross’: where two considerations meet.
Boredom has two aspects, and funnily enough, both come from emptiness. On the one hand, emptiness is the clarity of pure awareness, while on the other hand, emptiness is seen as pointless and boring. Pointless and boring IS what emptiness is about! We just misunderstand and go looking for something better that will make us happier. So, boredom is both samsara and nirvana – the two considerations.
Common boredom is perceiving one’s environment as dull and lacking in stimulation. Boredom creates anxiety, and people will make great effort to prevent or remedy it, often seeking something new and interesting, as familiarity and repetition lead to tediousness and lack of energy. Or we just accept that boredom is a suffering to be endured. This is the basic human condition of samsara; we seek happiness.
Spiritual boredom is not being hooked by anything, remaining in pure awareness where anything that appears is seen as having no reality and is merely noted, neither accepting nor rejecting; it is of no interest as this would be a distraction and would cloud clarity.
So, from a spiritual point of view, seeking ‘interest’ is boring, and being in boredom is interesting as that is pure awareness, which is our reality. Pure awareness is pure happiness.
How do we make this practical?
Well, pure awareness has the sense of relief and joy, and inner confidence arises. As we are in a samsaric environment, this confidence brings about balance, returning a situation to peace, but not dullness. This is the crux of the two truths; it is the two considerations that meet. Pure awareness is expressed in love, which benefits a situation. Cool boredom makes the situation caring and interesting.
All we need is a closer look.
Again, funnily enough, in order to be of benefit, we have to remove ourself from the picture so as to concentrate on the subject at hand. This is being ‘selfless’. The thought that “I’m doing all this selfless service for others, but who’s doing it for me?” may arise. In bringing about peace, there is a sense of great satisfaction and, as spiritual practitioners, we just let go. Making the effort to consider the crux of the matter expands our view and our clarity. The bonus is that, when we’re not needed, we find there is time and space just to be, by ourselves, resting in pure awareness.
Always be aware
that the devil finds work for idle hands!
So, should we be creative?
In its purest form,
being creative is just an expression of love.
It’s love in action.