The Dream Journal
The Dream Journal
The Benefits of Day Dreaming with Doris Snyder

We speak with Doris Snyder about daydreaming which is what thoughts and images float through our minds when we are otherwise occupied with simple tasks so our mind is free to wander. Doris quotes studies that suggest that we daydream as much at 40% of the time that we are awake and that this is a time that is rich in creativity and can reveal insights about our concerns much as dreaming does.

Doris suggests that we keep a daydreaming journal just like we would keep a night dreaming journal to keep track of what thoughts are bubbling up during our moments of down time. She also suggests that we set up times when we can devote our attention to daydreaming such as going for a walk or taking a bath.

Doris also talks about some ways to incubate daydreams. She lists a number of possible topics on which we could daydream including “what if I won the lottery” or “what would the perfect vacation look like.”

We then take two calls. The first is from previous Dream Journal guest Katie Mason who talks about how she works with her clients day dreams the same way that she works with their nighttime dreams knowing that they come from the same intuitive emotional place. We also take a call from Gilda who shares that she uses daydreams as a way to create poetry. She encourages us to accept the daydreams and not try to judge or analyze them.

BIO: Doris Snyder is a professional dream coach and author of Numbers in Dreams. Her holistic and creative approach to dreams has led clients and conference attendees to greater understanding of their dreams. She is a member of the IASD, the International Association for the Study of Dreams and is a workshop presenter at their annual conferences. Her new book is called, “Daydreaming: The Beauty and Power of a Wandering Mind.”

You can listen to our conversation last year about numbers in dreams here:

You can reach Doris at her webpage

We play clips from the following two guest-selected songs: The Monkees, Daydream Believer and The Lovin’ Spoonful, Daydream.

Ambient music created by Rick Kleffel new every week.

Show aired on October 23, 2021.


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