At one point during the week, one girl in our group began talking about her younger, teen-aged brother and how he was constantly plugged in - listening to music, playing video games, surfing the web, etc. She said, "It's like he doesn't know how to just be bored".
It was the first time I had considered boredom as being a positive.
Boredom, in the way we discussed it that afternoon, is just the ability to be comfortable with nothing but you and your own thoughts. It's stepping momentarily away from the fast pace of life to just meditate and think. It's filling your own mind with thoughts instead of letting it be filled by whatever is being thrown at you. It's good for the soul.
As I've thought about that conversation, and how easy it is right now with school and work to be constantly stimulated, I've decided that one of my goals for the new year is to spend more time bored.