The Hidden Truth About Daydreaming

by Amit Sodha

in Meditations, Power of Choice

Daydreaming

I’m a Pisces and one of the traits that is strongly associated my star sign is being daydreamer. When I was younger it was pretty obvious to most people that I was a dreamer and most peoples perception of it was that it was a bad thing.

In the old days people believed that daydreaming could lead to psychosis or neurosis.

It’s usual for people to criticize things that they do not understand and daydreaming was no exception. It always gets a bum rap and that is because most people do not truly understand what it is and how it can be valuable tool in life.

What is daydreaming?

Daydreaming, in essence, is a deep form of meditation. It’s uncontrolled because it often happens without you knowing and is often about something you may not have intended.

When you daydream you enter a very deep state of trance and when you come out of it, it’s almost like coming out of a deep sleep. While it was happening, you didn’t realize that you were dreaming and also, during the time of daydreaming, you can complete other tasks whilst not be consciously paying attention to them.

Its happened to me on many occasions whereby I’ll be doing a task, I then start daydreaming, I complete the task whilst still in the daydream and not even be aware that I’ve finished.

Is it good for you?

Daydreaming doesn’t necessarily have any benefits in terms of your spiritual journey i.e. you don’t have to be able to do it to make progress on your journey, but research does suggest that those who daydream are more creative and have better problem solving skills.

If, like me, you are a dreamer then do not fear. That doesn’t mean you are someone who has their head in the clouds or lives a life of fantasy. (Which is not a bad thing either)

I strongly believe that you can cultivate the skill of daydreaming to develop a stronger mind. To block out the things in life you choose not to pay attention to and have stronger focus on the things that you do.

I believe you can use the same skill to have more productive meditation sessions and become more mindful during your daily tasks.

How you can use it

I often have day dreams and fantasies of my completed book. I fall into deep trances about being interviewed on TV, on radio, doing book signings and making public appearances. Once I’ve had the trance I often wake up feeling inspired and refreshed ready to write a few chapters.

I decided to take it a step further and to see if I could day dream whilst writing my book in that inspired state and it actually worked. I managed to write a whole chapter, which turned out to be not that bad, whilst I was in my daydream living the fantasy of my completed novel.

You too can use it to feel inspired and refreshed in any of your pursuits. You can use it to help reach your dreams and make them a reality.

Day dreaming for dummies

I would go as far as to say that I’m an expert at day dreaming. I’m a natural. It’s not something I’ve had to try to become good at.

If it’s something that you’ve never been good at and would like to be better at then it’s relatively simple to start.

1. Do whatever makes you feel relaxed. I find train journey’s quite relaxing as the gentle rocking motion makes me unwind or the movement of sitting on a swing.

2. Trigger a day-dream and start your fantasy whatever that may be.

3. Allow it to unfold naturally. Don’t try and control the outcome of the dream. Just let it flow naturally.

4. To assist with the drifting off keep something in your hand. A pen, a coin, or something that distracts your body and allows your mind to wander more easily.

The caveat

The only caveat I can think of when it comes to day dreaming is not fulfilling those fantasies. I believe the daydreams are an indicator of the things you desire most and to not let them materialize would leave you sense of incompleteness.

So, don’t just leave them as fantasies, find a way to turn them into reality. It’s your duty to yourself to do so.

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1 Mads Singers

Everyone day dream once in a while, however it’s generally less common for very task focused people, which is generally the less creative kind.

I do a lot of daydreaming myself, but I often find it happens when I have to many things going on in my head – actually writing things down help me focus a lot more ;)

Kind Regards
Mads

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2 Amit Sodha

Hi Mads. Glad to hear you daydream often. This is the point of this article in that, it need not always be by accident or when you have too many things going on in your head. It can be a part of your routine and something deliberate rather than just an accidental process. :-)

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3 Milan Bakrania

Hey brother, hope yr well, this is a great article. Really admire how you come up with such original and imaginative posts again and again. As for daydreaming, I think we’re on the same boat. I day dream all the time, especially when writing. It enables me to get right into the scene as if I’m living it! It’s also a great tool for lightening the mind…to just get lost in the moment to the point where the moment does not exist. I don’t think it’s a bad thing because it’s helped me visualise alot of my book and also when my wife and I paint. Imagination and creativity requires a little open escape!

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4 Amit Sodha

Hey Bro, always a wonderful to hear from you and I love your application of daydreaming to your writing and painting, for which I can imagine it must be an invaluable tool…and I love that word in that context…escape…escaping to a new moment a new place or a new time… LOVE it!

:-)

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5 Chris Akins

Amit,

Very interesting post. I practice meditation twice daily, and have done so for years, and I had never considered that my regular fantasies (daydreams) may be another form of getting in touch with my unconscious mind. I am definately going to explore this further.

Thanks!

Chris
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6 Amit Sodha

Hi Chris, great to hear your take on daydreaming and I’d love to hear what conclusions you come after looking into it! :-)

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7 Mia@Sarkari naukri

Dear Admin,

I landed upon your article”Daydreaming”from google, Actually i am doing a research work on”Daydreaming effects”,found your article useful for my research work. Actuall i was looking for more related articles on your blog but unfortunately didnt find anymore of it.Hope read more related articles in coming days…I will keep following your blog till then

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8 Lisha@sarkari naukri

Dear Admin,

I landed upon your article” The Hidden Truth About Daydreaming “from google, Actually i am doing a research work on” Daydreaming “,found your article useful for my research work. Actuall i was looking for more related articles on your blog but unfortunately didnt find anymore of it.Hope read more related articles in coming days…I will keep following your blog till then

Regards
Lisha
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9 Nali

What a great article.I am searching from the google last couple of days That about day dreaming.But unfortunately i din’t find any great way.But now my journey comes to an end.I must say What a great article.And once again thanks for this helpful and informative article.
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10 Amit Sodha

Thank you Nali, I’m truly pleased it was useful to you. :-)

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