Top of Mind
Wander to Wonder
By Crown Affair
When was the last time you let yourself daydream without limitations? You took the time and space to let your mind just go. As young children we would spend hours upon hours every day playing, make-believing, and wondering. Where did that sense of imagination come from and where did it go?
As we grow older, our priorities shift and we take on a new set of responsibilities. Our worlds no longer revolve around “free time.” Our time and attention are valuable so we schedule nearly every aspect of our lives from when we get together with friends to workout classes to grocery shopping. We’ve become accustomed to the grind of modern life, feeling stressed or pressed on time is commonplace. We may not even consider the thought of exploring new possibilities, or getting lost in our ideas. But what if we could bring that sense of childlike wonder back into our lives?
To get into a state of wonder, you need to experience something that is beautifully unexpected, unfamiliar or inexplicable. Hint: this may require you to step out of your daily, preset schedule. Take a moment to really see what’s around. Go for a walk and get inspired by your neighborhood—the people, the homes, the nature, the local businesses, and the energy. Become open to what’s in front of you, those things that you didn’t notice before. Or carve out time to be with just yourself, without distractions, fully tuned into your thoughts. Daydream or journal about what you want in your life and how you want to show up in the world. Place zero expectations or limits on yourself. When we let ourselves imagine without restrictions we make our minds more active rather than passive. We get to experience something new, we develop new thoughts and perspectives, and we infuse more excitement in our lives.
𝘐𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘶𝘵𝘦! 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘻𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘐𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘦 162, 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 1994