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The Power of Boredom: Why boredom is essential to creating a meaningful life (meaning of life, mindfulness, happiness) Paperback – September 15, 2016
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I like this book in many ways: I can tell it was written from the heart, it is full of valuable information (I almost highlighted the entire book XD), I love the quotes, the structure, and the ideas are deep and revolutionary but at the same time easy to understand and very practical.
The description of this book says it is a ground-breaking book, and I thought that probably they were exaggerating a little... but after reading the book, I can say it is indeed a ground-breaking book (in my very humble opinion).
As Picasso had pointed out the process of creation is preceded by the process of destruction where we question and eliminate any principles and goals we were bestowed by our parents and society and create an emptiness which can be sowed with the idea we come up with to define our own lives. Once our goals and our deepest needs are in tune we are not in a constant search for a distraction to fill up the moments to be away from ourselves.
I agree with his explanation that having an hour or two to be with boredom is better than the moments we have in mindful living process in meditation as there we fill the space and our future with the unexamined ideas which we learn from books and our lives. The creativity process is not present there.
In the presence of ‘personal time’ devoid of any kind of action, i.e. the space for boredom does not necessarily bring the evil’s workshop into existence as long as we are ethically powerful not to harm others to take care of our boredom. Because the great ideas and works are conceived not during the process of active persuasion but during the aha moments of instant creation by our subconscious mind by fusing different ideas we put in there either by reading, deducting or by thinking ad lib, boredom has its role in our lives to make our lives as we really want to.
A must read.
“One way we can conceptualize boredom is by thinking of it as a type of space. When we think of space, we usually think of emptiness. But space is actually full of limitless potential. Take an empty room for example. This “empty” room is full of space, but it also has the potential to become almost anything. It could become a living room, a gym, or a storage room. It can literally become any room we can imagine. So before we fill space with something, rather than just being empty, the space contains limitless potential.”
The constant return to the refrain of "space", "limitless potential" and "empty rooms" might persuade the charitable reader that the work is attempting to exemplify its own argument, which is that boredom performs a useful function and that we should be less inclined to drive it out by filling up our time with activity and "busyness". The argument is persuasive enough (which accounts for my second star) but it could have been made just as well and less tediously in an 800-word essay.