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Exploring daydreaming and its essential form of meditation.

Daydreaming – Reality meets the facts

As a child, a visit to a candy store for five seconds to pick my favorite candy was enough to collect data to fantasize over the whole day. The fantasy would start from having one candy to buying an aisle full of candies, to living in it and to invent a variety of flavors. Little did I know back then that in adult language it is called “daydreaming” and is a cognitive exercise of creative brains.

From daydreaming of candies to daydreaming about past events, future plannings, and goals is an unavoidable favourite pastime now. Research has explored that humans daydream for 47% of their waking hours! And that’s an amazing portion to dedicate if the cognitive exercise is positive, constructive and is reaping fruitful results.

Research also suggests that people who daydream have the ability to zone out in any conversation when they find it boring and tune back in and catch up the connection naturally which shows the brain’s efficiency level.

Daydreaming – Pleasure or time waste?

Any leisure can lead to positive results if it is channelled well.

As humans we always love to think of situations in our favour. Hence we explore associations, and plan and think of the best possible ways to drive any situation in our interest.

For example: If a person is planning to give a presentation in an auditorium full of audience, he would love to fantasize himself standing behind the rostrum, confidently delivering words of wisdom and hearing the auditorium rhythm with the sound of applause and appreciation.

Similarly, daydreaming can become maladaptive when a person would constantly ruminate and over think about bad outcomes of the event like poor delivery on stage, inaudible voice tone, lack of confidence, tough audience etc. In this way all his energy will be wasted on emotional coping and overcoming a bad situation that has not happened yet. There is no doubt that if we have poor control on our attentional abilities and low grip on focus we can easily turn an opportunity into an adversity. This kind of mind wandering can easily interfere with our physical, academic and interpersonal functions.

Day Dreamer - Words by Wajeeha Azeem for Merrymen Magazine
Day Dreamer for Merrymen Magazine volume 4 - Model: Laurian Jayne
Day Dreamer for Merrymen Magazine Volume 4 - Photos by Jordie Hennigar

The pleasure or consequences of daydreaming can be endless. However if it is backed with a focused mind, positive and practical approach and an optimistic insight one will always experience daydreaming as a pleasant hiatus from the mundanities of life.

I am a strong advocate of oblivious daydreaming. I always let my thoughts wander in a blissful way and it makes me happy. It is like taking a break from reality and writing a story in your own way, weaving colourful threads to make the best vivid flower and stand out. Being in favour of this activity, the only cost I see for now is when I return to reality which is not all rosy. But then I hustle to achieve my goals and bring my dreams to reality. This is what everyone should do.

Exploring daydreaming and its essential form of meditation.

As a child, a visit to a candy store for five seconds to pick my favorite candy was enough to collect data to fantasize over the whole day. The fantasy would start from having one candy to buying an aisle full of candies, to living in it and to invent a variety of flavors. Little did I know back then that in adult language it is called “daydreaming” and is a cognitive exercise of creative brains.

Arts & Culture | Vol.4

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Photos:
Jordie Hennigar

Model:
Laurian Jayne

Assistant:
Brydie Falconer

Words:
Wajeeha Azeem

© 2019 Merrymen Magazine.

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