Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
I'm Catholic but I tend to actually daydream in the middle of my prayers and sometimes in church - when I can actually stop daydreaming and haul myself out the bed in the morning to go there.
Do you ever feel like your religious beliefs go against your daydreams? I don't mean daydreaming itself but sometimes I wonder if certain aspects of my fantasy romance or crimes (not that I want either, I just mean in story lines) concoct with my beliefs.
Truthful Alibi said:I'm Catholic but I tend to actually daydream in the middle of my prayers and sometimes in church - when I can actually stop daydreaming and haul myself out the bed in the morning to go there.
I have had a lot of conflicts between my daydreams and my beliefs. I am a Christian, and I have always had problems with daydreaming in church or when I am trying to pray or read the Bible. (Of course, I pretty much daydreams whenever I am reading anything, Bible or otherwise.) When I was younger, I felt really guilty because I spent so much more time daydreaming than praying, reading the Bible, or thinking about God. Now that I am older and have learned more about the gospel Jesus, I know that I don't have to feel guilty about not praying and everything. But I still really want to pray and learn from the Bible- I wish that I could do those things without daydreaming.
I have had and continue to have conflicts between my moral convictions and the content of my daydreams. I daydream about some pretty twisted stuff sometimes. I recently came to the realization that, in addition to MD, I probably also have OCD. For years I didn't realize I had OCD because I don't have a lot of the stereotypical compulsions about cleaning, organizing, and washing. Most of my compulsions are more bizarre and less stereotypical, but the most disturbing part is my obsessions, which are linked to these crazy, twisted daydreams. I hate these daydreams, but they keep coming back. I had been clear of them for a couple of years, but a couple of months ago, they came back, and now I am struggling with them almost every day. For me, the spiritual conflict with my daydreams has mainly centered around keeping my mind out of those purely destructive daydreams.
In response to your question about self-doubt, I guess the most beneficial thing for me has been realizing that God's love for me is based on God's grace through Jesus' sacrifice, not on whether or not I daydream. Of course, that is coming from a Christian view, and I don't know what your religious background is, so it may or may not be helpful you.
I do kind of a blended smoothie of all of the above, essentially switching and altering my thought patterns into and out a myself.
Also known as internal ADD : D
Hmm I believe praying and meditation were meant to be enjoyed and extremely personal. I like to visualize my inner self sitting in a room re-reading and re-watching the junk i've kinda tossed my brain over the years, going over what's important, letting go of what's not.
Are you sure your daydreams are going against your beliefs, or what you've been told you believe?
I don't consider my spirituality too liberal (i'm kinda just a vanilla christian) but you can kinda notice when people are putting personal restrictions on themselves God never asked, ya know?
Interestingly, Jesus said to keep your prayers short, yet would still retreat from the outside world very often.
That's not even counting the whole 40 days in the wilderness thing.