Very often when I meditate, or in everyday life, there are times when I get bored. I don't have to do anything. And often I go on YouTube to get busy. It is the same in meditation, very quickly I get bored, I feel the time passing and it becomes heavy.

How do you manage all this?

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    I like boredom, it signals to me that there's a lot of spare energy in the mind so you begin looking for some way to use it and calm down. Activity is one way, but concentration practices are better, and a higher energy state of mind is perfect for concentration :) – iain Jan 22 '18 at 0:34

Well, technically boredom is a form of tanha, craving. We crave for excitement, for fun, for an external source of energy. And according to principle of "this-that conditionality" craving is also a form of aversion -- meaning, when we are bored we have an inner conflict against "this". For some reason we think that "this", "here", "now" is not good enough.

My teacher explained, that every time we feel bored - that's really a signal from our inner mind that we have alienated. It's a reminder that we lost connection or integration. Because we lost connection, we feel something's missing.

From this perspective, every time we feel bored we should stop all activities, pause and look inside. Basically, meditation.

When we get more advanced on this path, we can learn to maintain this connection at all times, and then we don't feel boredom, we never have the sense of dissatisfaction, we learn to live in suchness more or less at all times.


Boredom is the feeling of your small mind drowning in emptiness. Like most negative sensations, it is fleeting and only as powerful as your resistance to it. Embrace your boredom. Let it wash over you. The space that is left behind is the beginning of wisdom.


There are some advices on "RESTLESSNESS AND REMORSE"

When the mind is restless, it is the proper time for cultivating the following factors of enlightenment: tranquillity, concentration and equanimity, because an agitated mind can easily be quietened by them.

— SN 46:53

As Iain sad/recommended.

[Note: This is a gift of Dhamma, not meant for commercial use or other lower wordily gains by ways of exchange or trade]


You can establish mindfulness by discerning the arising and passing of "boredom" and reflect on how that very boredom is conditioned.

Also one needs some patience because eventually boredom comes and goes, have to wait it out and keep looking at its arising and ceasing, eventually perception and discernment will be appropriately conditioned by such reflection and mindfulness.

Take it one moment at a time, meditating on a moment-to-moment basis if you find yourself impatient and bored. Recognizing, discerning, perceiving and learning about those phenomena. Noticing the states of mind that are of likes and dislikes, wanting and restlessness in particular.


Surely there is only one answer: watch this thing you call 'boredom', without resistance, because is boredom anything at all? Surely the actual problem is not this non-existant 'feeling' we call boredom, but the mind's resistance to what is, because for the mind 'it' is not 'enough'. Or whatever words you use - or whatever 'what is' you find under that label of boredom. The more you scrutinize it the more the question dissappears, becoming meaningless, and again we've eaten away the illusory whisps of mind. Is there any mind at all?

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