Have people said that to you before? How do you answer that?
Yes, they have. I answer by agreeing that it is boring. I then point out that the benefits make it time so well spent that it is worth it to be bored. Then I point out, that after you get skilled enough in it, it can become actually quite exciting, even Very interesting. The retreats I teach have a stronger than usual focus on concentration in that I teach people to enter deep states of concentration that are best referred to as altered states of consciousness. The first 4 of these states are characterized by rapture, joy, contentment and a deeply calm, quiet stillness. But even these highly refined (and certainly non-boring!) states are not the point - the point is that with a mind so concentrated, you have a much better chance of see things as they really are - which I would characterize as the principle means of spiritual advancement.
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