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Boredom is a modern disease which arises when we don't know what to do with our time, money, success, friends, or life. Boredom is actually a mental state. Our mind takes the present moment, events and situations and makes them old by labelling them as boring, commonplace, interesting, and so on. The mind begs for something new all the time, rather than being in the present and accepting what is. Busy-ness can mask boredom, but it does not bring lasting happiness.
It may seem that people are not busy in India, because they are not involved in stressful business, like in America. They may not have business, but they are busy in their own way. Busy without business. Of course, sitting in a tea stall and speaking about the same old politics is also a kind of business. It may not earn them dollars, but it keeps them busy. Being busy is just our mental habit. We can avoid being present and taking responsibility for our lives.
We develop other ways to stop becoming aware of what we are doing. Multi-tasking, for example, the habit of doing two or more things at the same time, is a sure way to stop focusing on the task at hand. Be clear: we can never be efficient if we try to do two things together. At the same time, we ignore many things happening around us by taking them for granted. Take the example of a single action like driving. If, in our mind, we have taken driving for granted, then we will feel bored as soon as we sit in our car. How to break out of this cycle?
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