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Today, a comment got me wondering where restlessness comes from. I think we’re restless most often when we feel “stuck”.

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! ~Dr. Seuss

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! ~Dr. Seuss

Stuck in our careers, homes, relationships, circumstances, way of lives… whatever, you name it. Or maybe you can’t name it. Maybe you just feel stuck and can’t articulate where it’s coming from. Sometimes, this has a lot to do with our thought process.

Then later I heard something interesting:

“Imagination is always either leading us toward enlightenment, or it is leading us away from enlightenment.

There is no such thing as stuck.

We are always moving in one direction or the other.”

This struck me for two reasons.

One, because I really believe there is something extremely special and undiscovered about the imaginative faculty; it’s one of the topics I like exploring here at Serenity Hacker. The idea that it can lead to enlightenment (or deeper happiness) really intrigues me.

And two, because sometimes, I feel a little stuck, myself. I think everyone out there can relate to that.

But could it be that simple? Is the power of our imaginations in our thoughts either causing us misery or leading us toward enlightenment and more fulfillment? Maybe, in some ways it really is that simple…

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In order to live free and happily, you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice. ~Richard Bach

When was the last time you sat and just let yourself be bored for more than a minute or two?

I mean, really sat and just let boredom be there, kind of zen-like, while doing absolutely nothing about it?

If you’re like most people, probably not recently. Maybe not ever. We’re programmed not to do this.

We live in a world of constant distraction, instant gratification, and sensory overload. And we’ve become gluttons for it, enslaved by the cycle of trying to avoid boredom. We’re addicted to distraction.

The amount of them available to us is unlimited. We can turn on the television, sit down at the computer, check email, Facebook, call or text someone, find something to clean, have company, do more work, or even take a nap. Ever find yourself standing with the fridge open and you don’t know why? That’s the sort of thing I’m talking about.

These behaviors clutter our minds and our lives, and keep us from connecting with our deepest selves. We believe we do these things because we’re bored and we think if we were “busier” we wouldn’t do them at all, or we’d do them less. This may be partially true, but really this way of thinking just feeds the cycle. The truth is that there’s a bit more to boredom than meets the eye.

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Forever is composed of nows. ~ Emily Dickinson

Living your dreams can seem like a lofty goal. Sure, we all have things we want to achieve, stuff we’d love to accomplish, and dreams we’d love to have come true.

Whether we know what we want, or even if we don’t, sometimes we feel a vague sense of dissatisfaction with life.

It feels like something’s lost… something’s missing.

Perhaps you’re at an in-between place, unsure of the future. Maybe there are circumstances preventing you from living life how you’d really like to. You still go about taking care of your obligations and chores, tasks and responsibilities, but life seems routine and uninspired. Goals begin to lose their luster and nothing seems energizing.

I know when I end up in this place, it means I’ve stopped creating. I’m not talking about creating in the traditional sense. I’m talking about the creativity required to consciously create the life you want, the one of your dreams, day by day, one moment at a time.

I’m not talking about the big things here. They require lots of waiting and some of them may never happen. The biggest things, the things we might feel are lacking and are wishing for most, are really just symbols. Symbols for simpler, more meaningful experiences we can create right now. The stuff happiness is made of.

Creating puts us back in touch with our aliveness. We are all part of that miraculous energy that makes everything new, lighter, and more joyous. Every one of us is co-creating our lives everyday, whether we do it consciously or not. So why not include your dreams in your daily experience?

The trick is to break those big dreams into smaller parts and incorporate those into your life: Keep Reading…

People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive… ~Joseph Campbell

We don't stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing. ~Confucius

We don't stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing. ~Confucius

Do you ever look at yourself or your life and feel you’re just not measuring up? Are you too hard on yourself? Do you wish you could be more carefree?

No matter what we do to have a more positive outlook, sometimes doubt and insecurity creep up and steal our joy. When this happens, we look around and it appears that everyone else has it right or better, and we’ve got it wrong.  Our shortcomings need tending to, and fast. We get overly focused on what’s “wrong” with us, put off delight, and wonder why we have to try so hard when it seems like others don’t.  It’s a lousy place to be.

Last time I felt like this, I read the silliest quote from a professional clown. It put an instant smile on my face and immediately brought back the light-heartedness that had been missing from my life. Keep Reading…