Why Daydreaming is Good for you
A little bit of solitude for simply letting your mind wander is a natural intuition-booster. When you are too busy or surrounded by lots of people, the craziness and noise of everyday life can make it hard for you to be sensitive to your intuition. So, today’s ritual is making sure you intentionally give yourself permission to schedule some time to escape from it all and sail away in your dreams.
Intuitive people tend to enjoy their own company because it gives them time to reflect, ponder, get creative and daydream. They naturally feel comfortable being alone with their thoughts but, whether you enjoy solitude or not, taking time out to be alone and reconnect with your deeper self has tremendous benefits for boosting your intuition.
Daydreaming is good for you. It fosters creativity, happiness and mental health … Memories, fantasies, intuitions and inner conflicts that need to be worked through, find a place for expression in daydreams. When your deeper mind opens up, you feel better, see possibilities and uncover solutions. Daydreaming strengthens the identity, fosters awareness and helps you grow.Carrie Barron, MD
When I was studying Pride and Prejudice and the other immortal Jane Austen novels at university, I adored the way Austen’s heroines would retire to their rooms to reflect on the events going on around them. Their periods of quiet contemplation felt so rich and rewarding – as interesting and thought-provoking as their interactions with other people.
I guess the idea of private contemplation resonated so powerfully with me because I’m one of those people who suffer emotionally if I don’t get time alone. I enjoy social gatherings but escaping for some much-needed time alone is as essential to me as breathing. It’s vital to my sense of wellbeing. It’s also why in my late teens I seriously considered joining a nunnery and even spent time there in contemplation to consider my options.
I’m not alone in feeling this urgent need for quiet and contemplation. Studies suggest that up to 50 per cent of us are introverts who derive our energy from time alone. But even the remaining 50 per cent, extraverts who derive their energy from social situations, can still benefit from a little alone time, just as introverts can benefit from a little socialising. Although our culture seems to favour extraverts (introverts are encouraged more by Eastern contemplative cultures) intuition thrives whenever there is self-awareness, positivity and creative thinking, qualities both extroverts and introverts can aspire to achieve.
Read the biographies of great scientists, innovators, writers and thinkers and you will often find a sacred tradition of them longing for solitude – from Gautama Buddha, who meditated alone under a tree until enlightenment found him, to Henry Thoreau practising solitude in an isolated cabin on Walden Pond. Perhaps the most famous example is Albert Einstein. He was a loner and, although he did like to play the violin when he was not working, much of his time was spent pondering rather than doing. As far as communication was concerned, he once declared that he concentrated best and was at his most creative when ‘away from the horrible ringing of the telephone’.
So, if you find yourself craving some time alone to simply let your mind wander, you are in fine company indeed.
I delve more deeply into the benefits of solitude in my book 21 Rituals To Ignite Your Intuition and I would love to hear how you find taking time to be alone boosts your intuition and happiness. Comment below or send me an email!
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