Dreampuffs are the creation of Issy and Olivia, two little sisters with big imaginations.
Every night at bed time, Issy and Olivia imagine exciting adventures which they share with their dream puff to allow themselves to relax. When they drift off to sleep they are magically transported into their sleep time story. Every morning they recount their 'dreaming' adventures, regaling the family with their colourful and exciting dreams. They visit cloudland and bounce on the fluffy clouds, compete in wave racing tournaments and explore wherever their imagination takes them.
So rich are the benefits of mindful mediation, Issy and Olivia dreamed of introducing dreampuffs to the world. So here we are with our colourful team of characters spreading the love and promoting mindfulness in our most precious young humans so that they can live the very best versions of themselves.
Using imagination or 'creative visualisation' to promote relaxation and sleep is not a new concept. The research behind this form of mindful meditation is fascinating and compelling with far reaching benefits.
'As children thoroughly relax and the line between asleep and awake fades, their visualizations may gradually transform into dreams.' Patti Teel
The benefits of imaginative dreaming are strong and meaningful;
- your child decides what to dream about = empowering
- increased creativity and ability to solve problems
- improved communication skills
- reduced stress and anxiety
- improved relaxation and quicker to enter sleep
- better more restful sleep and overall improvements in health
- increased confidence and resilience
'I call the blurred time between awake and asleep, “twilight time,” a perfect time to use creative visualization. We give our sons and daughters a precious gift when we teach them to treasure this magical time. During “twilight time,” the conscious mind is relaxed enough to be carried away with a freedom not typically experienced in a totally awakened state. At this point children have actually entered a meditative state; their brain waves are operating at a slow enough rate (often called the theta state) to facilitate creative visualization and sleep. ' Patti Teel
My children use their dream puff as a sacred part of their bed time routine. Every evening they give us a brief overview of what they have planned for their nightly adventures. Having this purposeful 'mindfulness tool' keeps the concept alive and can serve as a useful reminder to children to start creating their own dreams.
Excerpts from original article “The Power of a Childs Imagination’ by Patti Teel which appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #21
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