In defense of the Daydream

2015-08-24-1440443286-3795046-girldaydreaming1Why do we tell our kids to stop daydreaming? Maybe it’s time for all of us to day dream a little bit more!

My childhood days were spent playing make-believe with my dolls, or playing pretend gas station with the yard hose. I spent many days pretending to be an Olympic gymnast, spinning around the very top of my swing set, creating routines to win the Gold Medal. I spent my summers choreographing Gold-Medal Winning synchronized swimming routines and pretending to be Jacques Cousteau.

If the neighborhood kids were around, we played capture the flag or flashlight tag or kick the can. If they were not around, I could be found in my secret fort in the woods or listening to the radio in my room, imagining myself as a Diva, singing my heart out in my hairbrush.

Somewhere along the way, someone told us to stop daydreaming. Someone told us our dreams were too big, Someone told us our dreams were crazy.

They told us to study hard, to work hard and maybe one day it would all payoff.

But… they told us to stop dreaming…

Allowing the mind to wander allows our brain to create new solutions and organize its ideas. The more we allow our minds to wander, the more memories and knowledge stores our thoughts can access, creating new connections between those ideas. Daydreaming helps us our right brain and left brain connect; allowing for linear analytical thought to combine with creative thought and imaginative ideas. Daydreaming gives birth to creativity and invention. This intermingling of right and left thought, analytical and creative ideas is like a direct link to your intuition.

Daydreaming is like sending the mind to the playground for awhile for a mini-vacation. The brain needs a little break from all of that linear thinking.  When we return to the task at hand, we return refreshed with new ideas.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Albert Einstein

Daydreaming turns fantasies into science fiction and science fiction into science and creation and expansion and growth. Daydream turns fantasy into reality.

Ever notice how we often arrive at some of our most creative solutions after we have stopped thinking about our problem? This is the power of the dream!

When we daydream, we enter a different head space, one where judgement is suspended and the ego is silenced. We allow ourselves to create without worry. In a daydream, no idea is too far fetched, no solution is off the table.

So try unplugging from all of those electronic devices for a little while,  allow your mind to wander.   Reach into the creative right brain and dance and sing and play. You may emerge with fresh ideas and creative solutions to problems you didn’t even know you had.  .

Go dream a little day dream, what are you waiting for? Maybe it’s time we all daydream a little more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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