Is too much imagination bad?

 Brandon (@Bdot) 7 years, 8 months ago

Imagination is a great thing, I’m not saying it isn’t. But lately I cant control it. I find myself gone, staring at a wall imagining myself being a different me, taller, skinnier, stronger, just living a completely different life. I try and get control of it but I always slip out of reality. Lately its really been stopping me from doing the things I need to do. Am I that out of the moment? Are there ways to “decrease” your imagination?

February 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm
Bryan Hellard (307)M (@xyver) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

I’m sure you’d rather control it than decrease it.

Try to redirect it. Everytime you feel yourself “slipping away”, and need to get something done, redirect the thought from “Wow, look at me in the future, taller, skinnier, stronger….” to “look at how I eat right and work out and exercise” to “I should work out and exercise” to actually going and doing the thing that you need to do to make your imagination a reality.

It’s like standing infront of a rushing river, and trying to hold it back. You’re never going to stop it. But you can still redirect it, make it work for you, instead of against you.

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Quincy (13) (@forward) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

@xyver
@bdot
agreed, we are only the best person we imagine we can and strive to be. many people lack imagination at all, so think of it as an advantage. Maybe you meditate, or simply just take a few minutes a day or when you feel you are daydreaming/losing control, and focus it on an objective, or subdue it with focusing on breathing patterns.

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Anonymous (107) (@) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

Challenging movement gets your mind connected with your body. Not if it’s something that you have a lot of muscle memory for because then you can check out.

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Anonymous (481) (@) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

You’re fantasying about change, so change. Look over your life and see exactly what it is you should be changing. If you can’t find anything, I’d suggest that the next time you find yourself day dreaming, start meditating, immediately, try to turn your mental scope around and see what their catalyst was, explore them, but don’t follow them. There are all kinds of great resources on meditation on this site, read a couple blog posts regarding them.

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inna (95) (@paintedbeings) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

Just use it in a more productive way. Always check how what you’re doing makes you feel and why are you doing it. Daydreaming is like feeling out possibilities. Focus on bridging the gap between what you want to have and where you’re at, and put your imagination to use in finding endless possible ways of doing what you need to do, or motivating yourself to.
Wishing for decreased imagination makes no sense because you’ll just be stumped at like a handful of options that you could muster and not even imagine there’s more to be created.

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

Don’t confuse imagination with fantasy; imagination is creative, fantasy is about avoiding creativity by artificial role playing.

But either way, everything you can do is maximised, not by excess, but by moderation; fantasy can serve as a motivator, while imagination can become irrelevant to practicality, so in perspective, placing connotation on things is really distorted by ideal, rather than, as it should, clear efficiency.

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

Don’t confuse imagination with fantasy; imagination is creative, fantasy is about avoiding creativity by artificial role playing.

But either way, everything you can do is maximised, not by excess, but by moderation; fantasy can serve as a motivator, while imagination can become irrelevant to practicality, so in perspective, placing connotation on things is really distorted by ideal, rather than, as it should, clear efficiency.

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

What I mean is; looking at ideal as a goal causes you to overlook what is efficient, many people do this and it is a weakness we face, from ourselves and each other, I’d say it is a case of merging your ideal into the sphere of efficiency, make efficiency your ideal, and that just takes discipline and awareness.

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i4c1m2b (70) (@i4CiM2B) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

Cool, I knew I wasn’t the only one. Just go with the flow but look for clues that might reveal something about you that you aren’t aware of. It’s seen by some as a form of meditation or dreaming while awake and teaches you how you are able to move through emotional states at will. See it as a journey of self discovery. Take notes after each escapade as to any thing you might learn especially any of your beliefs that might surface. Write them down and note any emotional changes that occur, When and why? Note any direct relationship between a belief and emotion, cause and effect etc. What you discover may prove to be invaluable at some point in the future. This way at least you will know that there is some value in your activity.

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TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

@bdot, that sounds very similar to me. It’s not that you and I have too much imagination. It’s that we are misusing and even abusing it. When I was a kid and a teen, instead of being playful and carefree and imagine some good times, I used my imagination to drive myself crazy. Our imagination has become unfocused and is going towards stuff that won’t get us anywhere. Like taking your hand off the wheel of your car, but because life is always in motion your foot is still on the accelerator. Take the wheel. We need to focus our imagination.

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