Which way did you see the cat spinning?
They say if it is spinning clockwise you are right brain dominant, counter-clockwise would mean left brain dominant. Some people can see both. See if you can switch back and forth at will!
What does this have to do with boredom? Well… I think even looking at this for a little while is fun for the right brain.
If you find yourself practicing yoga asana (poses), or standing in line at the grocery store, waiting for a friend, or going through any daily routine and the mind says it is bored, this is a time to wake up. Really, pay attention. Do you recall the difference between the right brain and left brain? The left brain has the language faculties and wants constant stimulation. The right brain is perfectly happy hanging out without language or structure, but often isn’t what holds dominance (especially in current culture in the West) because it doesn’t have language. So… when you sit and meditate, the right brain will keep on chattering away, telling you this is boring and to do something else would be more stimulating, more fun.
You don’t always have to listen to the left brain.
Today, notice when there are moments that lack intellectual or verbal stimulation, and try to just relax. Let the left brain tell you it is bored, if it does, but remain aware anyway. Bring your attention to the other sensations in the body.
To review, the work of the right brain, pay attention to:
- Where the body is in space
- Sensations in the body
- Emotional feelings
- What you appreciate in a situation
- Symbols and relationships between yourself and what is around you
- The big picture instead of the details
When the left brain is bored to tears, there may be plenty of stimulation for the right brain. Bringing our awareness to these aspects of who we are, and our ability to increase our attention for these ways of being, can make our lives richer (a sense of meaning and belonging is felt in the right brain) and make our skills more well-rounded.
Have a good time with this one. And remember… if your left brain tells you it is bored, you don’t have to believe it.
Pose of the Day: Simple Seated Postion (5 -10 minutes of meditation)
Yogic Concept of the Day: If I think I am bored, it doesn’t mean all of me is. I can pay attention to other ways of experiencing the world around me.