How to Combat Boredom in Meditation

Our culture has created so many ways for us to engage with the external world. Television shows, text messaging, and countless hours on the internet allow us to disengage with our own reality. Although we have countless ways to fill our time, we often experience a deep sense of boredom in our lives. Although our minds are occupied, they are not fulfilled. Yogi Bhajan said “To have a poor mind and rich living is terrible; it’s boredom. It is so boring you can’t even believe it.” Kundalini Yoga and meditation are a fantastic way to develop a “rich mind,” but the boredom that we experience in life can plague us in our meditation. Fortunately, Yogi Bhajan had much to say on the subject of boredom and how to combat boredom with proper understanding and through meditation.

Everyone experiences boredom.

Boredom is a normal and natural byproduct of the meditative process. Gurucharan Singh Khalsa says in The 21 Stages of Meditation “As we continue to confront the upsets provoked by taking charge of our mental flow and learning to focus boredom arises; it happens spontaneously.” Feeling bored when you meditate or do yoga does not make you a “bad yogi” or a “bad meditator.” It makes you a normal human being. So the first step in learning to combat your feelings of boredom is to stop making value judgments about your experience. It is not good or bad, right or wrong, to feel bored in meditation.

What causes boredom?

It is normal and natural to set goals for our lives, and to work towards those goals. Whether your goal is to complete a 40 day meditation, or to run a marathon, goal setting helps propel us forward in our lives. But Yogi Bhajan had something very interesting to say about the process of setting and achieving goals. He said that achievement and boredom are two sides of the same coin. What often happens when we achieve a finite goal is that we find ourselves experiencing boredom. The energy that was propelling us towards our achievement is no longer moving to a target, and we become bored.  He said, “when you achieve something it’s achieved, it’s over; beyond that achievement, that target, there is nothing…in nothing there is no movement; it means boredom.”

Connect with your Infinity to combat boredom.

Instead of limiting ourselves with finite goals, or looking outside of ourselves for fulfillment, Kundalini yoga and meditation train us in connecting to our own Infinity. By learning to rest in the present moment, and training ourselves not to react to mental fluctuations, we begin to exist in a space of limitless possibilities.

“There is no boredom in unlimitedness. There is no boredom in the experience of infinity. Boredom shall hit you when things are too defined, when your focus is too finite or too known. To defeat boredom, every achievement should continue, should be extended. That is the principle to avoid boredom, defeat, poverty and destruction.” Yogi Bhajan

Have the courage to Keep Up.

Facing our own feelings of boredom can be uncomfortable. We may feel like “bad yogis” because our friends and family seem to be enjoy their meditations while we are struggling to complete them. We can wonder what the point of our practice is, when our minds seem to be counting every second until the meditation timer goes off. If we can use our boredom as a catalyst to keep up, and press onward with a renewed sense of effort we will find that our mind becomes our partner. We will become more alert and more in touch with our own limitless capacity to be engaged in the present moment.

If you are experiencing boredom in your yoga or meditation practice, allow yourself to become curious and see what insights you can gain about your perspective and sense of purpose. Often our boredom can be a teacher if we can be courageous enough to face it rather than run from it.

The book The 21 Stages of Meditation has a powerful meditation called “See Your Horizon” which can help you to combat feelings of boredom.  The three parts of this meditation will integrate the hemispheres of your brain, reset your autonomic nervous system, and allow you to relax and surrender to your awareness.  By practicing this meditation, “you become fully engaged and boredom flees.”

The 21 Stages of Meditation

 

7 Comments

  1. Sat Nam
    Yo me encontré con la dificultad de no encontrar la música de Derek Ireland´s Snake
    es importante que los que intentamos hacer un trabajo más prfundo contemos con las herramientas completas, pero bueno yo la practicaré y la enseñaré sin la música y veamos cual es el efecto Sat Nam

     
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  2. Sat nam, Hoy en el horario de las clases de las 4:00 pm estaremos practicando ésta meditación. Bendiciones infinitas a todos!

     
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  3. Found the music for the “See Your Horizon Meditation” in 21 Stages of Meditation – If you go to the Kundalini Yoga Research Institute Web page and in the search bar enter “snake music”, you will be directed to a resource page which has a free download of the music.
    Here’s a link directly to it: http://www.kundaliniresearchinstitute.org/21stages/21-Stages-support.html — This official name of the song is called “Dance of the Snake”.

    Thank you Guru Datta for finding this for us!

     
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  4. Sat Nam!

    I am also trying to find Derek Ireland’s Snake Music for the same meditation but haven’t succeeded yet. Did you find the source, Ramdesh-Ji? I’d be happy to know about it too.

    Thank you already. Blessings and love!

     
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    • Sat nam Hartejpal. I can’t find a copy of Derek Ireland’s Snake Music. I think if you ask some of the elders around you, teacher trainers, etc…someone will have a copy from the old days. Blessings!

       
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  5. ¡Sat Nam!

    I have the 21 stages book and in the “See your horizon” meditation it states that you should use a music that I CAN’T FIND ANYWHERE. It’s “Derek Ireland’s Snake”. I have searched for it and asked my local teachers if they knew about it, but nothing. Does somebod know where to find that track or at least what’s the rhythm (as in, BPM) of the music? At least to have the proper speed of movement in that part.

    Hopefully someone will help me out there!! I’ve been trying to advance on the book for some months now, but I’m stuck in that stage and I didn’t want to try the other meditations because I wanted to do ’em in order. I know I don’t have to do them in order and that I might be a tad too strict on these things for some, but that’s how I roll sometimes. Haha 😛

    Blessings from Chile. :)

     
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    • I’m working on finding a source, Sant Saroop. ~Ramdesh

       
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