Daydreaming Intentionally Meditation

We did this practice a couple of months ago. I'd like to try it again.

Mind wandering is considered the opposite of mindfulness. But lately there has been a critique from scientists who find that some types of mind wandering our useful. We're going to test this by setting aside some time to do "intentional daydreaming."

We'll start out with a short, 10 minute breath meditation to settle ourselves. Then, we will allow the mind to wander gently and see what comes up. Feel free to bring a pen and paper to write things down.

If you have time, and have not already read it, take a look at this scientific paper by the distinguished psychologist, Jerome L. Singer.

"Ode to positive constructive daydreaming"  

You should be able to access the full text at

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3779797/ 

After the meditation, we'll have a discussion. Then, if there is interest, we'll go out for a bite to eat in Harvard Square.


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  • Doug

    I'm going to spend my "meditation night" at CIMC on Wed night. Buddhist scholar Andy Olendzki will give the dhamma talk. Plus Bruins are playing on Tue night:-).

    1 · April 21, 2014

  • David M.

    Following up on a question that came up at Algiers: The point that I was half-remembering regarding the limitations of human capacity for understanding things was in the Steven Pinker article on consciousness that Angela pointed us to. The section that seemed somewhat relevant to what Jen was saying was " The brain is a product of evolution, and just as animal brains have their limitations, we have ours. Our brains can't hold a hundred numbers in memory, can't visualize seven-dimensional space and perhaps can't intuitively grasp why neural information processing observed from the outside should give rise to subjective experience on the inside. "

    Link from Angela was :
    http://pinker.wjh.harvard.edu/articles/media/2007%20The%20Mystery%20of%20Consciousness%20TIME.htm

    2 · April 24, 2014

  • Patricia

    Really nice to see everyone. I need to work on the wakefulness thing.

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • Patricia

    There is a risk that I will transition from daydreaming to actual dreaming, but if you're okay with it, I'm okay with it.

    1 · April 21, 2014

    • Laurie H.

      I can't speak for others, but I'm okay with it. And if you start to snore, I can always switch to a sound meditation.

      2 · April 22, 2014

  • Eliza M.

    Last minute call in to work for tonight. I'll try to squeeze in some daydreaming today though!

    April 22, 2014

  • Bob

    I'm a definite maybe.

    April 21, 2014

  • Forrest

    I'm a maybe, unfortunately. I'm a proponent of daydreaming, so I'll hate to miss it, if work gets to be too much.

    April 20, 2014

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