Castles in the Air

Henry David Thoreau said, “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.  Now put the foundation under them.” 

How many of us write in our minds before we put ideas down on paper?  I often “write” in the shower.  I get some of my best ideas while getting ready for work in the morning.  It can be frustrating because I want to write immediately, but I have to leave and go punch the time clock.  So, instead, I jot down a few words to remind me for a time when I can sit down and put my ideas into words.  I sometimes fear I will forget, but usually it comes back to me as I sit and scribble words. 

As a kid, I was told to “Pay attention!”  “Stop day dreaming!”  “Stop doodling!”  Recently, I read that doodling is a good thing and that the mind actually remembers better when one doodles during meetings.  If my shower ideas aren’t as clear as they were in the morning, I start to doodle and they come back to me.

Daydreaming is underestimated, in my opinion.  Have you ever had an “aha moment” while daydreaming?  Daydreaming helps clear the clutter from your brain so creativity and imagination can work (or play.)  Slow- cycling brain waves called theta waves are active when you daydream. 

Dreaming, super learning, creativity, daydreaming and deep meditation manifest in the theta waves. These brain waves are also evident during emotional times, while making modifications, or changing ideas and during spiritual experiences. By spending more time in theta thought, a person can become better at problem-solving, be more spiritually connected, imaginative, calmer and relaxed physically.

Alpha or beta thought is a better state for concentrated, focused mental activity. Boredom makes it almost impossible to concentrate on your work. In the theta state, a person has to shift back to the normal waking beta state in order to focus. Most of us have no trouble shifting from theta (daydreaming) to alpha or beta (focused) when we need to concentrate

Daydreaming has been dismissed by many as a waste of time, but by slowing down the brain activity and letting go, a person can come up with wonderful ideas.  Daydreaming increases the ability to:

1.) problem-solve

2.) increase creativity

3.) self-motivate

4.) innovate (“What if…?”)

5.) provide hope and options

So, the next time someone accuses you of “daydreaming,” tell them, “Thank you!” 

Excuse me.  I was busy daydreaming.