I hope that you enjoy reading this post on the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where six of us write on the same topic. Today’s topic has been chosen by Conrad The Old Fossil. The five other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, gaelikaa, < Maxi, Paul, Shackman, and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!

Before I start the post on today’s topic, it is my sad duty to bid farewell to a founder member of the Loose Bloggers Consortium, Grannymar who will no longer be participating in the LBC Friday post adventures. She will be remembered for her consistency and very imaginative posts. I wish her well in her new endeavours.
daydream“Daydreaming is a short-term detachment from one’s immediate surroundings, during which a person’s contact with reality is blurred and partially substituted by a visionary fantasy, especially one of happy, pleasant thoughts, hopes or ambitions, imagined as coming to pass, and experienced while awake.”
~ Wikipedia.

How beautiful that the definition suggests that it is a short term detachment from reality!

There was a time when I used to daydream a lot. I could detach myself from my immediate surroundings. With advancing age, I find that increasingly difficult. I suppose that it is also a reflection of all the experience that this old body/mind/intellect complex has accumulated that it instinctively stops daydreaming for the very enjoyable exercise being futile.

There are however some new movements like The Law Of Attraction which posit that one can attract what one wants by daydreaming! I use that terminology rather than the fancy words used by the practitioners. I mention that here because just a few days back I met someone who was brainwashed into investing in the books, and a few DVDs made by the movement’s gurus. This person said something that struck me as being worth sharing with my readers. The movements advocates, who sell all kinds of things via web sites, books, training programs etc all seem to make money by attracting a whole lot of losers. No one hears about all the people who do not attract anything into their lives by following the system! In other words, one hears about only those odd cases of successes and the vast majority of failures are not reported.

Daydreaming, while fully aware that it will be just that and that it will not attract what one dreams about due to the power of the universe or whatever, is a luxury that every one must be able to afford. That is my wish for all humanity. I wish that I could.

bandhur ātmātmanas tasya

yenātmaivātmanā jitaḥ

anātmanas tu śatrutve

vartetātmaiva śatru-vat


bandhuḥ — friend; ātmā — the mind; ātmanaḥ — of the living entity; tasya — of him; yena — by whom; ātmā — the mind; eva — certainly; ātmanā — by the living entity; jitaḥ — conquered; anātmanaḥ — of one who has failed to control the mind; tu — but; śatrutve — because of enmity; varteta — remains; ātmā eva — the very mind; śatru-vat — as an enemy.


For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his mind will remain the greatest enemy.

Bhagwat Geeta Ch VI Verse 6.

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16 Responses to Daydreams.

  1. I don’t have any trouble detaching myself from my immediate surroundings — it happens all the time. It’s usually thinking about projects I’m working on or things I’ve read, not dreaming about the future.
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  2. nick says:

    I daydream all the time, and I find it very useful. Quite often it leads to interesting new ideas and insights and new ways of doing things. Even if it doesn’t do that, it can stir up amusing thoughts about everyday life. I would hate to be permanently stuck in physical reality with no means of retreat when I need it.
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  3. At times, you surprise me. We are very different in our view of daydreaming, for, properly applied, I think it is a great tool and a nice gateway. I am a wilder, though, and have no desire for anyone else to tell me how to do it.
    The Old Fossil recently posted..Daydreams

  4. Delirious says:

    That is a great quote!
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  5. Grannymar says:

    So, does the fact I don’t daydream mean that I have conquered my mind, or that it is my greatest enemy?
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  6. I think you have the LOA pegged.
    I’m wondering now though if I was/am too harsh on daydreaming.
    blackwatertown recently posted..Daydreams

  7. Cathy in NZ says:

    day dreaming is similar to have a snooze – before you disappear into dream time, you can have a pleasant little interlude waiting…
    Cathy in NZ recently posted..My hometown

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