When I was little I did spend time lying on the grass staring up at the clouds. I did find shapes in them. I was an only child, in my day (can't even believe I am using that phrase)
an only child had to come up with activities, friends and things to amuse themselves. Very few of us had parents that spent lots of time playing with us. So, with no brothers or sisters or often friends nearby I was left to my own resourses.
In our culture, doing nothing visible isn't encouraged. Sitting on a bench staring into space, lying on the grass staring into space are not approved activities. They make people uncomfortable. One should be MULTI-TASKING.
I just heard a professional talk about multi-tasking and how it puts our brains in automatic FIGHT OR FLIGHT mode. And how dangerous this might be for us to be constantly in this mode. It's stressful. It's probably not healthy for us and it certainly prevents us from being creative. Oh, yes, we can come up with solutions to problems, we can create a new way of doing something, avoiding something, confronting something but I will go out on a limb here and say that kind of CREATIVITY is not healing. It's not linked with intention but rather goal getting.
Now, be honest, when is the last time you have sat somewhere, stared out a window and simply let your mind wander. Ok, maybe at that last meeting, I'll give you that one. But, for most of the rest of you, there might be very little unlimited day dreaming time. You have responsibilities, you have things to do, places to be, you are connected 24/7 to your computer, phone, IPad, whatever it is. You need to know what everybody else is doing. They need to know what you are doing. God forbid they don't get a picture of your lunch at that new resturant and Pin it.
I'm in the day dreaming stage right now, in the Studio. I've got my sketchbook by my side. I'm staring out the window at the beautiful spring clouds floating by and I'm just jotting down ideas as they float through my mind.
There are projects that I had forgotten I wanted to explore.
There are ideas that I want to take in a new direction.
My day dreaming time is never wasted.
My photographs are all hung at True Coffee Cafe. All thirteen of them in beautiful white frames. The colors just pop out at the viewer.
The manager has spaced them out on four different areas of the cafe. I'm pleased with how they look and she seems to be too. She said they had already received some positive comments about them.
They won't be most people's cup of tea. They are photographs of parts of buildings. Bits of color, shape or line that intrigued me.
Putting that show together came about by day dreaming. It was a "What if" moment when I was thinking about things I like to take pictures of.
So, here's a proposition for you.
Pick a day, pick a portion of a day, ok pick an HOUR OUT OF THE DAY, you can give me that, right?
Put the phone away, put all the toys away, go find yourself a nice place to sit and look at something like the clouds.
Don't sit and stare at people, they will tend to upset you or they will get upset with you staring at them.
Go, sit in a cafe, with your sketchbook and doodle. Just let the sounds of the music or people wash around you and doodle as you let your mind wander.
Right down what you think about, just use one word.
If it's really important for you to remember that word will trigger more information.
Practice DAY DREAMING it's good for your soul.