“What does my dream mean” and “Does this dream mean anything?” are the questions I am frequently asked. Here is an example from my own life that describes how a dream that seems at first to be meaningless is actually helping me have a better experience in life.
As I’ve concentrated on my writing and other work, I’ve neglected my body a bit. I’m still very healthy and in relatively good shape, but part of my spiritual practice definitely connects with the care of my physicality both with regard to nutrition and exercise. This is the last area of true resistance in my life right now; it has been very difficult for me to find a level of discipline in any kind of a daily exercise routine in the past two years.
That has just begun to change of late and I have been incorporating rigorous exercise back into my life for the past week. Those first few weeks are both the most difficult and the most crucial. As of the moment that I’m writing this, I still seem to be motivated, having gone to the gym this morning. I look to my dreams to tell me whether I am fully ready to step into this commitment, or if I’m just kidding myself and that another period of sloth is just around the corner.
In asking my dreams to give me some clarity on this issue, I awoke this morning a little confused. I could not remember any specific dream imagery, but I was filled with a rather strange notion that was definitely a residual from wherever I had spent my nocturnal wanderings. And what I woke up with was this overwhelming need to make sure I was getting enough potassium.
The sense of this was very, very specific. I needed potassium. Now, my diet is pretty good; well balanced and generally healthy. I am certainly getting enough potassium. So what could this mean on a symbolic level? I turned to Wikipedia for some help and looked up potassium.
It turns out that potassium is very connected to brain cells communicating with each other, fluid balance in the cells themselves and the proper working of muscle cells and their ability to contract and release effectively. If this doesn’t connect to exercise, I’ll eat my hat. Or my banana. Which brings me to another post-dream experience.
It is a known fact that jump-starting your metabolism by ingesting some sort of food as soon as you wake up is one of the best ways to tell your body to burn calories. I generally have a bad habit of not eating for several hours into my day, which really limits achieving my weight loss goals. When I glanced at the contents of my refrigerator while getting the creamer for my morning coffee, I saw that last banana sitting on the shelf. I thought, “banana.” Then, “potassium.” Then I put it together that if I ate the banana and then went to the gym, I’d not only be getting the exercise I need, but my body would be all the more prepared to work at its most effective.
Soon, I’ll have the body of my dreams!