Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Boredom Buster

When I was a teenager, my friends and I would often exclaim “I’m so Bored! There’s NOTHING to do!”

Over the years, I discovered that the best way to eliminate that word from my vocabulary involved shifting my perspective, and learning to view the world through The Body, Mind and Spirit Triangle. When all three of these centers are engaged, the word Boredom simply does not exist.

Even simple passive activities, like looking at a painting, evolve into a mental Olympics when deeper meanings are sought.

The French nineteenth century artist, Georges Seurat developed a method of painting called pointalism. His most famous work is a piece titled "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" He created this composition using millions of tiny dots of pure color. When viewed from a distance, the work depicts a pastoral scene of people in the park, but when viewed up close the reality changes to a series of individual points of shimmering brilliance.

Quantum Physics is a study of what the universe is made of, and how it all works. Cells are made up from molecules, which are made up of atoms, which are made up of quarks. Quarks are pure energy.

If this theory is true, then the universe is like a George Seurat painting. A giant soup of little energy dots that form a picture of reality.

It’s interesting to apply this concept to the spiritual realm. When I think it over, it seems that we might finally have a science that is not at odds with religion: A science that actually fortifies the beliefs that have been circulating the globe for centuries. Maybe there is something greater that connects us all, an unfathomable source of energy that lives within us, all throughout the universe, and beyond. Maybe that painting is about more than just a walk in the park.

With ideas like this to chew on, who could ever be bored?

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