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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

April 17, 2024

The focus for today is:

My dreams reflect the challenges and values of my waking life, offering insights.

Today's inspiration was written by David Samson:

The ultimate purpose of dreaming is still a subject of ongoing research and debate. Yet these themes seem to harbour within them universals that hint at some crucial survival function.

Our research supports previous notions that dreams are not just random firings of a sleeping brain but may play a functional role in our emotional well-being and social cognition. Our dreams reflect the challenges and values of our waking life, offering insights into how we process emotions and threats. 

Some theories suggest that dreaming acts like a kind of virtual reality that serves to simulate threatening or social situations, helping individuals prepare for real-life challenges.

Today's inspiration was adapted from the InnerSelf.com article:
     The Role of Dreams in Emotional Well-Being and Survival
     Written by David Samson, University of Toronto.
Read the complete article here.

About the Author: 
David Samson, Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Toronto

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of InnerSelf.com, wishing you a day of gaining insights from your nightly dreams (today and every day)

Comment from Marie:
If everything in life has a purpose and a meaning, then obviously, so do our dreams. Sometimes they highlight a problem, other times give an alternative perspective. But regardless they all bring a gift if we take the time to look for it. 

Our focus for today: My dreams reflect the challenges and values of my waking life, offering insights.

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