Are we not merely swapping one fantasy for another?

Fantasy is central to our lives and essential to our wellbeing. 

When we let our imaginations soar in a way that serves, these fantasies can help charge and organize our lives for the better. 

However, there’s a fine line between consciously imagining from a place of inner connection and joy, and using fantasy to avoid reality. When fantasy becomes a way of trying to escape life, to outfox it, instead of living it, then we’re in trouble. 

Altman noted this paradox perfectly in his book about mindfulness. 

Fantasies can distract us and steal away precious time that could be spent in the actual here and now. To believe that grasping for a fantasy will help you escape pain is just another fantasy. 

Our challenge, then, is to face reality instead of escaping into a worse predicament. To feel our feelings and experience the unpleasant realities of living without reaching for an escape. 

And if we’re not sure how to discern between healthy and compulsive fantasizing, it really goes back to time. 

Any way that we escape, any activity that we’re doing that completely takes us away from our life, for extended periods of time, is something worth looking at. 

Because when we live in this fantasy because our life is not what we want it to be, it’s preventing us from living the life we want. 

Remember, reality is not a problem, trying to run from it is. 

Think about what might be blocking you from living fully. 


When did you first feel like escaping your reality?

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Scott Ginsberg

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