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Daydreaming Intentionally Meditation

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, 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

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.

Hat tip to Forrest for pointing out this daydreaming literature.

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  • laura

    i'm now a "maybe" - i need to finish up a project before i can join you - if i can, i will! enjoy your daydreams :)

    February 4, 2014

    • Rick H.

      Laura, We've been missing you. I was thinking of getting in contact. Figured you were catching up on your work. Best, Rick

      February 6, 2014

    • laura

      Thanks for your kind thoughts, Rick :) Work has been very busy, but I look forward to attending again soon! Cheers, LK

      February 7, 2014

  • Forrest

    Very interesting. I liked the contrast between the mindfulness and day dreaming.

    February 4, 2014

  • Patricia

    Hi all--long day on campus and I don't think I'll make it in time. Hopefully shall arrange things better to see you all next week.

    February 4, 2014

  • David M.

    Forrest and Rick, thanks for the pointer to the literature. That paper was not especially easy to read but it was rewarding. I am playing with the idea that watching the breath may qualify as a simple activity in the sense intended in the paper's comment that "Baird et al. (2012) demonstrated that engaging in simple activities that permit daydreaming can promote creative incubation and problem solving." The problem space I intend to intend for the coming intentional daydreaming meditation will be "What can we do to recruit, engage, and retain people in the nascent local community around the Humanist Hub?"

    1 · February 3, 2014

  • Robert

    Sorry I can't make it. I'll be doing a Lojung Practice (a Tibetan form of meditation) at the Bruins game. LOL Use every opportunity, right? You all have fun. See you next time.

    February 2, 2014

  • Laurie H.

    Andy's not doing standup this Tuesday after all, so I'm coming to daydream.

    February 2, 2014

  • Forrest

    Wha? What? Sorry, I was spacing out... not day dreaming or meditating... I do think that DD or mind wandering has a positive effect on our psychology.

    1 · February 2, 2014

  • Laurie H.

    My friend Andy's doing standup (a whole 8 minutes) this Tuesday night, so I'll miss this one. Happy meditation, everyone!

    February 2, 2014

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