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Letting Your Mind Wander Isn’t As Bad As You’ve Been Led to Believe

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There’s a lot of emphases placed on the structural benefits that come with a focused and disciplined mind. However, as we dig deeper into this collective experience revolving around a global pandemic, there is a lot of space created for the mind to wander. We’re remembering to be gentle with ourselves. We are returning to listening to our bodies and slowing down. The time we are faced with doesn’t just ask us to listen but to explore. Letting our minds wander isn’t as bad as we have been led to believe. In fact, doing so may just be the fuel to igniting our imaginations and opening the doors to something we could have never expected.

 

The Power of the Imagination

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It’s an unseen yet felt mechanism. The imagination resides where ideas and concepts meet the possibility of existence. An example we can all relate to brings us back to our early years in childhood. We’d exercise the imagination naturally whether it meant playing dress up, playing house, or talking with our imaginary friends. We didn’t have cars or phones to take us someplace outside of ourselves. We had our inner space that created the world we wished to experience. The power of imagination is what has brought us the creation of airplanes, cell phones, and other worldly things. It has also brought us new ideas and ways of thinking to make this planet a harmonious place to coexist.

 

As we grow through time, there is a deep push to conformity and focusing on being a serious individual with serious responsibilities. However, the imagination is always there waiting to be explored.

 

Watch Your Mind Wander With Open Curiosity

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This is a practice that can be done through mindful observation, journaling, meditation, or creative expression. The fact of the matter is that the mind is always active. It is trained to notice patterns, threats, opportunities, and various points of stimulation. However, this doesn’t mean we must enslave ourselves to thought loops. We can watch the mind with an open curiosity to welcome solutions ranging from everyday instances to dreamlike ideas.

 

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Albert Einstein

 

Activate the Imagination Daily

When we were younger, we’d play pretend on an hourly basis. Just like any other habit, building our imaginative muscle requires commitment and exercise. Here are some tips on how to activate your imagination daily.

  • Spend time in nature

    • Perhaps you might go for a walk or sit beneath a tree. Spending quality time outdoors opens the senses and activates new ways of seeing. Even just 10 minutes will provide inspiration for a new outlook.
  • Ask questions

    • Questions are a great way to activate the imagination daily. As you interact with various questions you’ll notice that it’s not so much about the answer as it is about the relationship you develop in the pursuit of the journey. Maybe you might revisit some of the beliefs you have grown up with or ask yourself how to enjoy your morning coffee in a new way.
  • Connect to the inner-child

    • This one is a classic way to activate your imagination instantly. Think back to some of your favorite memories when you were younger. How can you look beyond the fabric of the frame to see into your spirit at that time? What inspired you? How can you connect to your inner child and feel inspiration lead to the imagination?

 

The more you do it, the easier it becomes. What future will you unfold into? Ask the imagination and see what returns.

 

 

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