Is it OK to daydream?

wpid-20130728_094056.jpgHe who robs us of our dreams robs us of our life.”
― Virginia WoolfOrlando

Nowdays I very often read and hear wise men tell us of the importance of beeing here and now.
Of Mindfulness.  I agree. It is so important and it is a state we must learn to be in while communicating and listening. While creating and taking active part in art. To avoid the mind of beeing somewhere else while baking, cooking, loving, taking care of the children, cleaning your car etc etc
But what about Daydreaming. (Daydreaming is a short-term detachment from one’s immediate surroundings, during which a person’s contact with reality is blurred and partially substituted by a visionary fantasy, especially one of happy, pleasant thoughts, hopes or ambitions, imagined as coming to pass, and experienced while awake.)
To me daydreaming is very important as a way to use my fantasy to envision a future that might be. To play with the future in the mind is a foundation for us to build a better world. And that is far from beeing here and now. Don´t you think. The actual activity of daydreaming is now, in this very moment, but what we dream of, is always, in the future. And there is a balance to seek for. Daydreaming can be an escape. An escape from a world that we fear, from a world of danger, from a world of tragedy. At times in life we need to escape as the world around us ican be very hard to cope with. It is when we spend to much time in the dreamworld it can become a problem.
The art of Mindfulness is practised and trained in meditation and yoga. My view is that I allow myself to be more daydreaming if I also have the balance of mindfulness in my life. Daydreaming can be a very effective way of finding answers to many questions, opening your mind to posibilities I don´t find when I am very strict and realistic. So. Keep on dreaming here and now!

/Sten

A silent retreat memory

The mountain

It´s wonderful
to sit 
...just a few
in a room
in silence
listening to the_MG_6096
.breathing
.sighs
.swallowing
.pages turning
.footscrap
.rustle of clothes
.coughing
.someone is writing
.scratching of a pen
.someone's itching
.someone clears his throat 
.someone is drinking tea
.putting down the cup
.changing position
on a distance
someone is coming

It is wonderful to dream
...sitting close to the ones 
I love