Why You Should Let Your Mind Wander

It Could be an Enlightened Experience

It’s safe to say that most of us don’t have a lot of time for just zoning out. Our lives are often over scheduled and jam-packed with activities (or obligations), which can keep us from being able to just “free think” all afternoon. But there’s value in tossing aside your to-do list and letting your mind wander how it will.

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Giving yourself time to daydream isn’t a waste of your precious hours—in fact, it could be just the enlightening experience you need. Here’s why it’s worth letting your mind mosey around.

You May Discover New Desires

One of the best ways to let your mind wander is through meditation. You can also try free-writing. Both options can lead you to uncover something hidden within yourself. As you peel back the layers of your subconscious, you may discover a hidden passion or a longing to reconnect with a wayward hobby, friend or lover. This can lead to exciting new possibilities in your life, making it more than worthwhile to see what may come up.

You May Solve a Lingering Problem

If you have something nagging you, giving yourself a mental break from it can free you of the issue and even help you uncover a solution. Often, when our brains fixate too much on one thing, we lose perspective. Not thinking about whatever you’re dealing with allows your mind to play with new ideas and options. This is especially helpful if you’re in the midst of a challenging situation with a partner, family member or friend. As you let your mind wander, you may just think of exactly what you need to say or do to make things better.

You May Tap Into Your Creative Side

When you let your mind to wander, you reconnect with your imagination. Think freely while holding a paintbrush, a pen or whatever creative instrument you prefer, and allow your inner artist to flow out. As you focus less on form and more on what you feel in the moment, you’ll soon have an unexpected masterpiece.

You May Think of a Novel Idea

The best ideas tend to come to us in flashes and when we least expect them. Thinking too hard, by comparison, tends to stifle ingenuity and can leave us feeling depleted. Give your mind the space it needs to unlock the genius within you. We all have one—it’s just a matter of giving it a chance to emerge.

You’ll Recharge Your Brain

If nothing else, letting your mind wander gives you some much needed downtime. With all of our devices—laptops, TVs, smartphones—and the things we view on them—Facebook, The Bachelor, email—we often get overstimulated by mindless chatter. This can take its toll on our brains, leaving us feeling exhausted even when we aren’t really doing much except for passively staring at a screen. Put away the technology once in awhile, close your eyes and just let your mind wander and see where it takes you. Even if you fall asleep, you’re getting exactly what you need in that moment.

2 thoughts on “Why You Should Let Your Mind Wander

  1. Gina Rose ext.9500Gina Rose ext.9500

    Excellent article. Yes, it is good to ” be mindful of the present moment “, as I teach my students……but, the mind also needs to take a break every now and then too.

    It’s all about creating a healthy BALANCE, ( and a healthy flow of energy as well ), between the two…..when and how to focus and when and how to release. Mind, body, and spirit that are in balance, are also in harmony .

    Blessed Be )O(
    Gina Rose ext.9500

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