Did you know that daydreaming is a form of meditation?
All of those hours spent staring out of classroom windows through school were actually serving a purpose! Keeping you calm, peaceful and stress-free, as well as activating and exercising your creativity and visualisation skills.
When you’re daydreaming your brainwaves change and shift into alpha and also sometimes even into theta state. These are the same brainwave patterns reached during mindfulness meditation, silencing your mind, theta healing, hypnosis, transcendental meditation, shamanic journeying meditation and more.
The benefits gained when your brainwaves slow down are many and varied, including vivid visualisations, great inspiration, profound creativity, exceptional insight and higher perspectives reached as well as the ability to discover and change limiting beliefs that you hold. Not to mention the benefits which ripple out through your day-to-day life, including reduction in stress and anxiety, increased clarity and focus, enhanced creativity, and increased energy and vitality.
Every time we slip effortlessly into a daydream, a distinct pattern of brain areas is activated, which is known as the default network. Studies show that this network is most engaged when people are performing tasks that require little conscious attention, such as routine driving on the highway or reading a tedious text. Although such mental trances are often seen as a sign of lethargy – we are staring haplessly into space – the cortex is actually very active during this default state, as numerous brain regions interact. Instead of responding to the outside world, the brain starts to contemplate its internal landscape. This is when new and creative connections are made between seemingly unrelated ideas.” Says Dr. Marcus Raichle, a neurologist and radiologist at Washington University who was one of the first scientists to locate the default network in the brain.
“When you don’t use a muscle, that muscle really isn’t doing much of anything. But when your brain is supposedly doing nothing and daydreaming, it’s really doing a tremendous amount. We call it the ‘resting state,’ but the brain isn’t resting at all.”
Give it a try now, let your eyes glaze over and imagine…visualise….and….DAYDREAM! See where your mind takes you.