I love dreaming. I’ve loved dreaming for as long as I can remember. Having a great imagination keeps me positive. If something goes wrong I can always quickly restore my calm by dreaming. Sometimes you need to abstract yourself from the situation to be able to see it from different perspectives in a way that doesn’t drive you crazy.
I strongly believe that we are capable of training our imaginations. Even “left-brained” people, like myself, that usually do things in a planned and systematic way can benefit from training our brain’s imagination in order to help us to relax. After all, we know that the hemispheres work together. Of course, we are not dolphins that can sleep and swim at the same time by stitching between their hemispheres.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” ― Albert Einstein
Here are a few of my tips and tricks to help you train imagination and better understand yourself.
Look at bright, colourful and extravagant artwork. I find impressionism paintings by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot and other artists from the period incredibly stimulating. Modern art or photography may be your cup of tea. I also subscribe to inspiring art streams on Flipboard and Pinterest.
Daydream while cooking. Cooking is essential to our lives. Fresh, healthy and often very colourful ingredients can make even a routine meal have a profound effect on our health that goes beyond nutritional values.
“Books are the windows through which the soul looks out.” ― Henry Ward Beecher
Books are windows to imagination. Books give us an opportunity to peek into another person’s imagination. It is an incredibly experience to re-read books from your childhood. It can transform you back in time. It is so important to keep a fragment of your childhood in your life even as you grow up and leave that careless time behind.
A great Imagination can make oneself a happier person and balance out the rationality.