When was the last time you found your thoughts drifting away? You may have watched the rain outside, listened to the water washing the pebbles around the beach, or you were in flow. Either way, it will have taken a while before you realised it happened and you probably just shrugged it off – maybe shaking your head a little or otherwise trying to wake yourself up and get back to the business at hand.
Most of us are entrenched in daily life and nothing much will draw us out. There are always obligations: work plays a huge role and takes up a lot of time and effort, you may have family members to take care of, keep your household in working order, school runs, etc. Besides, we feel that we have to fill our free time with activities on top of all that: sports, festivals, arts, meeting friends, going out.
It’s a sign of the times that we simply won’t allow ourselves to be inactive. Inactivity is regarded as frivolous and unproductive. Modern society runs on people being run down, it seems. Daydreaming is the healthy opposite to the rat race we find ourselves immersed in! I believe that it is akin to meditation, but without the conscious effort of dropping into a relaxed state of nothingness.
Daydreaming has huge benefits, of course. If you have found yourself lost in though lately, you’ll have felt a sense of calm and maybe even joy at simply being alone with your thoughts. You have let go of the wheel and allowed your mind to take you where it naturally wanted to go. That is often the best way to get you into a state of blissful floating with the tides of your thoughts.
I believe that the ability to daydream shows that our minds are occasionally allowed to run free. Why were you so quick to dismiss these occasions? Daydreaming moments are precious and should not just be shrugged off: each of them is a special occasion to be cherished!
These are my own thoughts on aspects of my work I feel strongly about.