Isaiah 65:2 - All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations.
It used to be thought, that only children create an imaginary world in their minds; one that can even bring to life an imaginary friend.
This was often helpful for children living in a stressful or abusive family situation to help them cope with the pain. With their imaginary friend beside them, they felt more secure and sometimes safer even if they weren’t.
But children aren’t the only ones who live in an imaginary world. Adults do also. This kind of imaginary world though isn’t just about your mind daydreaming or fantasizing. This kind of imaginary world draws the adult onto the landscape of escapism.
As life turns up a notch and you can’t let go of the way things are, onto the stage of your thoughts enter actors who do what you want them to do. This is different than relaxation sessions where you focus on a landscape in your mind to help release tension.
With escapism you start living in a world where things turning out the way you want them to become your reality in your mind. And the more time you spend in your altered reality, the harder it becomes to live in the real world.
And, sometimes you get to the point where you don’t know which world is the real one. This is the real danger.
What we all need in life is to not live in our minds but to be conscience of the present and live there. What can help ground you to your present moment is called mindfulness.
Mindfulness is living completely in the moment. You're aware of your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and the environment around you. The article, “Getting Started with Mindfulness,” on greatergood.berkley.edu will provide you with information on mindfulness such as the benefits of practicing mindfulness, and a few components of mindfulness.
So the next time your mind turns to escapism, as the Bible verse above talks about, try using some of the suggestions above and give mindfulness a try to ground you to the present.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.