"All religions will pass, but this will remain: simply sitting in a chair and looking in the distance." - V.V. Rozanov
Let's face it - Daydreaming is frowned upon.
I'm sure you've heard the expression 'get your head out of the clouds', or something similar.
Danny Kaye's character couldn't help himself from doing just that in the classic 1947 movie, 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'.
Granted, dreaming is for when we are asleep in our beds and daydreaming is doing the same thing - albeit on a slightly more concious level.
You could be attending an especially boring meeting, conference, lecture, sermon or perhaps listening to a converstaion that just seems to ramble on pointlessly.
It generally requires great will and concentration not to wander off in your mind to a more interesting or pressing subject.
But when we are meant to be concentrating on something else, especially using machinery or driving it can be fatal to ourselves and others.
So, a time for everything and everything in it's own time.
What if you conciously decide to set aside some time each day for fantasizing at a time that would harm no one?.
Would this be bad - No, in fact it could be hugely beneficial.
Hollywood employs people to do just this in their S.F.X and C.G.I departments.
They call this, 'previz' or Pre Visualization and it's their way to get scenes imagined and then storyboarded for potential production.
You see this a lot in Sci-Fi movies that rely on their actors playing against blue or green screens.
The footage is the fed ito powerful computers where the blues and greens are removed and the pre-produced CGI elements are put in their place.
Hey Presto!....a spaceship, flying superheroes, a roman collesium or whatever the requirement is.
In fact our visions help us to imagine the impossible being possible, and are often called, 'Creative Visualization'.
Alas, we don't work in Hollywood but what are movie studios if not dream factories?.
You could imagine the positive things that could improve the quality of your life.
Imagination helps the creative processes for new ideas (brainstorming).
People who, 'think outside the box', have to use their imagination to do so.
It can help you see different or new perspectives in all kinds of situations.
You can give your mood a boost by focusing on positive outcomes.
Imagination, like meditation helps relax your mind and could help lower anxiety and blood pressure over time as long as your thoughts are directed in a positive manner.
Probably the biggest use of imagination is to simply relieve boredom and stimulate the mind.
"Be Mindful of your thoughts!"
That's a line from Star Wars said by the Jedi Master to his apprentice, and I've a few of my own along those lines.
Stay on the right side of the tracks mentally speaking. If you find your daydreams are of a negative nature you make a bad mood worse.
If we spend too much time dreaming of the past, this can have a negative impact on our present and indeed futures.
Too much fantasizing will leave us forgetful or unable to concentrate on the important things in our day to day routines.
Allowing the mind to wander whilst operating equipment or driving can be lethal.
So, pick a quiet place and time each day, close your eyes and for a few minutes drift away.
Just don't forget to come back...
So, if our daydreams are the playground of the imagination, what do you like to daydream about?.
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