April 10 – A little imagination
Hmmm…sorry? What was that? Oh. I’m sorry, I was daydreaming, and I didn’t hear a word of that.
So day dreaming, you say, Why? Basically it’s like running. It’s exercise, but instead of building up your body, it builds up your creative faculties. Like any sort of exercise, unless you are magically gifted, it’s hard at first and gets easier as you go along.
We had to do some more exercises where we set up a space to be a room in our house. We brought meaningful props in and used some Freehold furniture to make a representation of our room. Then we again sat in there daydreaming, people watched us.
The next round we had to bring an activity and a circumstance, similar to what we had done in our repetition exercises in the previous quarter, and then we had to sit in our space and daydream.
My activity was to learn Amazing Grace on the banjo, and my circumstance was that my mom had died, and was to learn to play this for her funeral service. This is the song she wants played.
At first nothing was happening; I was too busy trying to play the song, which I didn’t know how to play. So I decided to stop and just sit there, and in that quiet spot not doing anything, I managed to imagine what playing Amazing Grace at my mom’s funeral really meant, and I started crying. Oh, a good amount too, more than the last time I cried.
It was interesting that I had to do nothing to get in touch with the emotions. At other times I’ve relied on physical activity to get me into a scene. I guess the lesson there is what you need depends on the situation. This time it was daydreaming.