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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.
Defined as “an unemotional emotion” or as “a powerful form of meditation,” boredom seems to have elusive interpretations. The book might have as well been titled: "the power of alone time" or "the power of mind wandering" or even "the power of an imaginary conversation with the self."
The idea behind it is that when we allow ourselves to take a break from the daily humdrum, by stepping back and pacing out, we give ourselves the freedom to re-imagine our lives in various ways. Hawkins explores boredom as a space for creativity, meditation, philosophy, freedom and vision. He briefly explains how to tune out of the world, into an intimate space, and how this enhances well-being, self-fulfillment and ethical behavior.
Boredom might be a great conceptual phase, a space where imagination runs wild, thoughts come alive and truths reveal themselves. But if it is to be used to recreate life, it has to be followed by action. The book seems to ignore that section. Personally, I think that not every time we feel “bored,” we should disconnect from the action we undertake for an everlasting process of destruction and recreation of meaning. Mark Hawkins clearly underlines though the need to find space/time for boredom to happen.
What this book does best is that it defies the norm set out by today’s society and pushes us to recreate our chain of values and priorities. Reading too, like boredom, can bring us closer to ourselves. It did for me, because it brought me back to a time of great creativity when I had fewer activities and responsibilities and more time to think, ask questions, search for answers, imagine stories and reflect on metaphysical matters. The book therefore was a sort of a wake-up call.
A short quick read for a new perspective on boredom...
Note: I received this book in exchange of an honest review.