Permission to Daydream

January 15, 2009

There is an interesting article by Jonah Lehrer in the Boston Globe on August 31, 2008 about daydreaming. The article shows the function of daydreaming and even is able to show that it may be an important function of consciousness. I was most interested in the research that showed that daydream is best used, most functional, when there is an accompanying awareness that the process is happening. Studies have shown a relationship of this style of daydreaming to creativity- and no such relationship is apparent without the self-awareness. This self-awareness with a relaxed state of mind is quite similar to mindfulness meditation and to the best disposition for interactive guided imagery. Read it for yourself here.

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