Create a Dream Journal
Every Sunday the Single, Happy, and Strong Blog will have an exercise for you to do. This is a wonderful way to start a new week; to reflect, grow, and begin a shift in your life. Today exercise is to create a Dream Journal.
“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
Dreams are a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep. This week, start a “Dream Journal”. Get a journal to keep by your bedside to record your dreams. This way if you wake up at night and remember a dream or if in the morning you remember a dream, you can immediately write it down. You may manifest some great ideas or solutions.
The most vivid dreams occur during Rapid Eye Movement sleep (REM). REM usually lasts 90-100 minutes and occurs three to four times per night. It usually lasts longer as the night progresses. During REM sleep, the brain is active and the large muscles are relaxed.
In your Dream Journal, you may begin to see patterns, inspirations or teachings. We dream in color and the images or symbols during our dreams have different meaning for each person. When I have a particular wonderful dream that feels me with such warmth, I love that I have a distinct place to record the images and memories. Some nights you may not have any dreams and that is alright. But, you will be prepared when you do have a dream that you want to record.
The International Association of the Study of Dreams has the following suggestions to record your dreams:
1. Before you fall asleep remind yourself that you want to remember your dreams.
2. Keep a journal by your bedside to record your dreams. Write the images before you get out of bed. They will fade quickly if not recorded immediately upon awakening.
3. Write down any image you remember no matter how vague. Do not judge the images.
Remember to look for patterns or inspirations. Maybe the next wonderful book idea or project will manifest itself in your dreams. Maybe a solution to a problem will become vivid. Try it! Start this week.
Did you have any interesting dreams to record?