Daydreaming – Let your mind wander


by Janet Nicol

Mind wandering harkens back to the buzzwords of the ’60s, such as stream of consciousness–a technique inspiring poets, shamans and visionaries. More conservatively, we may refer to this state as task-unrelated thought, absentmindedness, or being preoccupied. Mind wandering can also happen when people are depressed or intoxicated.

I write about this fascinating topic, interviewing Kieran Fox, a psychology researcher at University of British Columbia who is doing intriguing work in this field.

“A lot of creative people, both artists and scientists, have credited their dreams and daydreams with inspirations and insights,” Fox says. “You need to let the ideas come in the first place–you need to keep that space open and not judge your daydreams too soon.”

The full article is in the June, 2014 issue of Alive magazine.
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