"Your daughter is a daydreamer....she spends far too much time daydreaming in class." Grade 1. My teacher was dismayed at my lack of focus and attention in school. I have a clear memory of me sitting in my desk and doing just that, being in a lovely daydreamy state. And it didn't end there.
Fast forward to today, I still daydream. I've long since learned that this day dreaming is a place of inspiration, connection, and of being present with the moment, it's a kind of meditation. It doesn't mean that I'm checked out, not present, but instead, am actually even more present than when I'm busy planning and doing. Research actually acknowledges that daydreaming increases creativity and productivity. I guess I knew something that my cranky grade 1 teacher was never encouraged to do ... poor dear.
So, if you're like me, and you've been told that you daydream too much...take heart! And receive those words like a compliment. Let the doers and go-getters go get and do. You know how to do that, and you know that constant busy-ness and planning becomes a place of stress and anxiety. Peace is found in the here and now. You know the vast beautiful space that's found in the here and now. That stillness is your home, and that there is infinite space in the present moment.
So go ahead and daydream. Nourish your soul, find your inner peace and resourcefulness. There will be time enough to do, for now just be.
Breathing in, I calm my body,
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in this present moment.
I know that this is a wonderful moment.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
Yes, it's that time of the year again.... Hallowe'en! Aka, All Hallows' Eve, All Saint's Eve, Samhain, and Day of the Dead, amongst many other names according to different traditions.
Although each tradition has it's own roots and meaning, I recognize this time of the year as a time when "the veil grows thinner". Samhain traditionally is a time for us to review our year and to let go of what no longer serves us in order for us to move forward. And of course, due to the special energy of the season, it's a time to celebrate our ancestors because the veil between this 3D physical world, and the other side is thinner.
One way in which we might experience this thinning and connection with ancestors on the other side is though dreams. For example, last night I had a very special dream in which I had heartwarming visit with a precious loved one who has crossed over. The love, the hug, their very distinctive energetic presence will warm me for a long time to come. Journalling is a great way to mark this kind of visitation, so that you can remember it in times to come. We often think that we'll remember our dreams, but because our brain waves are in a different state than when we are in our normal waking hours we often tend to forget the details. Writing down your dreams will help you to recall the special visit later on...especially valuable when you might be feeling low or really missing them.
How can we honour our ancestors?? In any way that feels right for you. Lighting a candle in thier honour, placing a photo or photos in a special location, doing a meditation where you can call on them for a visit. Or perhaps before going to sleep ask them to visit you in your dreams. Be sure to have a journal and pen beside you so that you can write down your dreams first thing upon waking.
Wishing you a very Happy Hallowe'en! Lets celebrate the ancestors that came before us, and take joy in the fact that love never dies and that your loved ones are only a thought away.
Much Love and Light,
Irene Bilton specializes in Body/Mind/Spirit wellness, blending her knowledge, skills and training with her gifts of Intuition.