"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
Irene Bilton specializes in Body/Mind/Spirit wellness, blending her knowledge, skills and training with her gifts of Intuition.