We spent some time addressing loneliness and boredom because it is so closely associated with finding lasting equanimity and peace in this life. As Carl Jung once wrote:
“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.”
A segue into this would be to say that boredom is the opposite side of the coin with inspiration. A person who is uninspired will certainly be bored, and an inspired person will most certainly NOT be bored (for any length of time).
Sai Baba wrote that “Anything that helps you maintain unruffled equanimity is right action.” The goal of addressing loneliness and boredom is in pursuit of equanimity and peace. In this book, we continue to address the goals of making people better. Zones of darkness…like loneliness and boredom, speak to this advocation.
Throughout this book, we will continue to examine mental zones in the “dark side” of the mind, and suggest as many strategies to overcome them as is possible given the wisdom learned through the ages. The pursuit of equanimity is I exhort of prime importance in a person’s motivation, so they are not cast back and forth with the waves of life.
Sai Baba also wrote, “Let the waves of memory, the storm of desire, the fire of emotion pass through you without affecting your equanimity.” There is a dark side to every life, and every positive emotion. For dark loneliness there is inspirational companionship, for listless boredom there is inspirational excitement. When the darkness arises, it is of paramount importance to address it quickly before the dikes break and the problem becomes unmanageable.
The longer we allow the negative passions to affect us, the longer will be the path to their undoing, and the mitigating of the negative trails they leave on our lives.