I have had wonderful dreams lately. Anyone else?
Many dreams of mine have taught me. Last night I dreamed of being in a community with warm and wonderful people. They were smiling at me, inviting me to be a part of whatever they were doing. It was a great feeling to be part of something larger than yourself, and your individual contributions playing a role in making others lives better.
Most of the dreams I have had were things that made me feel better. I will talk about dreams that were not so pleasant in another post. If I had to guess I would say that as I get older, I tend to find myself spending more time doing things that I love and less time doing things I don’t love. Slowly I am able to disengage with things that don’t help me, and that is improving the quality of my life greatly.
For example working remotely. Since I now work remotely I can take away the stress of the commute. As a HSP it is stressful going to places that are noisy like outside of my home. The noise and stimulation make me feel tired, and now I can focus on the job without the distractions of a commute. In addition there are lots of uncomfortable things in commuting. I don’t feel comfortable in tight spaces and so it is stressful to be in elevators, ubers and public transportation. I grew up in the west with lots of space, and I am used to having more space. While I have accepted the reality of apartment living, moving around the city at times can be claustrophobic.
Are my dreams just simple fantasies? No, they are more than that. They are my subconscious communicating with me that I am learning lessons and aligning with my values. Life is more of a process of taking away than adding. We often have more than we need to be happy, and we simply need to remove the less important things to see our happiness. Wealth, luxury, toys often keep us from a deep sense of happiness. We think that what it out there is more important than what is inside ourselves. We confuse ourselves and then act surprised when we aren’t happy. How can we be when we place happiness in things, not in being?