April 29, 2013 · 9:54 am

ishutmyeyes

{Paul Gauguin}

I’ve always had extremely vivid dreams, and to this day have extremely vivid memories of some of the dreams that I have had throughout my life, even as a young child, to the point where it is difficult sometimes to distinguish between dream and actual waking memory at that age. I often find myself in awe of the power of my unconscious, especially on those mornings when I wake up having dreamt so vividly that I feel affected by it for the rest of the day.

I’ve made it a goal recently to stay more conscious and observant of my surroundings while I’m awake. But it’s also so important to understand that the things that happen in our subconscious and unconscious are just reflections of things that we might not even be aware of in our waking moments but are still essential to our personal states. In Buddhism, to understand and reflect on your dreams is just another level of mindfulness.

In the past, there have been times when a dream has been so particularly interesting that I felt the need to write it down before I forgot. And when I did, I was able to make incredible connections to problems that I knew I was having in my life. It’s so interesting, and really helpful to solve this kind of self-mystery. There are also a ton of resources available to attempt to translate any symbols or imagery that we might not be able to immediately understand.

So I’ve decided that I would like to make this a more solid habit. I bought a really beautiful notebook in Stockholm and have decided to designate it my dream and songwriting journal, as the two tend to overlap anyway.

notebook

I encourage anyone to join me, or to let me know how it has helped you if you do it already!

 

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