When I was a kid I remember getting told off all the time by my teachers for daydreaming.
I would stare out of the classroom window and get completey absorbed in another world, no racing thoughts or worries, it was bliss.
And I remember being chastised for it all the time and believing it to be a bad thing. It even showed up on my school reports ‘needs to do less daydreaming’.
To by absolute bemusement, now as a 35yr old I realise that I was doing something so healthy and necessary for my mental well being, so basic and natural, that it should have been encouraged and not chastised.
The reason I am bemused is because I am effectively learning now as an adult how to do the very thing that used to come so naturally and I am learning that it is vital for my mental well being.
The postitive thing here for me to notice is that I used to be very good at daydreaming, which now I’m older is called mindfulness. Who would have thought it?
I’ve heard my psychologist say that teaching mindfulness to children is an important thing and not to be overlooked. I wish my primary school teachers had known then what psychologists know now. I think I would have had top marks for daydreaming instead of tellings off.