Some days I feel you just have to take a holiday, let go and free your subconscious mind to wander on it’s own!
When writing a poem, a piece of prose or creating an art work, I often choose to let my mind wander, hoping that inspiration will strike. If it does, then I feel it not only moves my work along but feels great, too!
As does Barbera wine!
But I am somewhat troubled by studies that speak of an association between mind-wandering and problems like unhappiness and depression – and maybe even a shorter life expectancy. This research suggests that focusing one’s thoughts on the present moment is linked to well-being, while spacing out—which I personally do at times__is not.
However, new studies are bringing nuance to this science. Whether or not mind-wandering is a negative depends on a lot of factors—like whether it’s purposeful or spontaneous, the content of your musings, and what kind of mood you are in. In some cases, a wandering mind can lead to creativity, better moods, greater productivity, and more concrete goals.
Taken in ￼large part from Jill Suttie, Psy.D., Greater Good’s book review editor and a frequent contributor to that magazine.