Lost in a Daydream: Sigmund Freud, Jon Kabot-Zinn, and The Lovin’ Spoonful

Freud was dreamy. He wrote a lot.

What a day for a daydream…..  or is it? If chronic daydreaming is a barrier for you with regards to writing, what can you do? Sigmund would recommend  several years of psychoanalytic exploration of your unconscious impulses and dream imagery, but do you have the time and money for that? John Sebastian did.

External people, structures and reminders about the passage of time and your goal of writing help with this problem. It is difficult to remind yourself to come back and write when your self is drifting merrily on the unconscious streams.

An alarm, or other sonic reminder in your computer can alert you periodically that it’s time to write again. A person in your life can, with your consent, also gently alert you to the fact that you are daydreaming. A class or critique group can provide a regular check-in opportunity that may keep you on task. Make a schedule of a set, consistent daily and weekly non-dreaming writing time, and track your progress.

The practice of mindfulness meditation, as taught by Jon Kabot Zinn andothers, enhances awareness of the comings and goings of your mind. This ability is not an easy one to develop because often our mind takes us away from our writing focus before we even notice what has happened. With experience meditating, you can catch your mind in the act of disassociating more frequently, and make a conscious choice to return to your project.

About David Rasch

Author, psychologist, speaker, teacher, consultant, workshop leader
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