"Have you any dreams you'd like to sell?" - Fleetwood Mac

(seriously, do you? I'm in the market)

Morning, friends!

This week's newsletter was written to the backdrop of the entire Rumours album plus a raucous thunderstorm-turned-hail-downpour. As if on cue (thanks, Universe), I happened to come across this interesting study about dreams that was published in a medical journal called Dreaming, which P.S. is a fabulous name for a journal.
Before I summarize, let me just say that I'm not going to tell you about my dreams today but if there's anything I love as much as summer and thunderstorms, it's talking about dreams. I get a rush when a friend, co-worker, family member, stranger or boo-friend is just like, "So I had this crazy dream last night..." — and let's be honest, 75% of the time people's dreams are not that crazy considering dreams have the potential to be limitless in constraints of time, space, or physics—but I do not care, I love them just the same. I probably should've been a therapist, but alas: call me, beep me if you wanna reach me with a dream you had.

Freud, et al have written and theorized extensively about the meaning behind dreams. But I am very curious to learn if there's value in recounting a dream after you have it. That is, what does it do to your brain to jog the memory of a dream? Well, apparently, there's some indication based on brain scans that recounting a dream results in increased activity in areas of the brain that process emotions (the limbic and temporal circuits). It's possible that recounting dreams puts us in touch with our deepest emotions in a way we might not have been able to understand without that reflection. The study author also said“...It seems that dreaming could have a preparatory function to the predictable emotional state of our future daily activities.”  Translation: maybe dreams are our brain's way of getting suited up for the kinds of feelings we anticipate we'll be dealing with in the day ahead. Which would be very thoughtful of our dreams to do that.
Based on that, I would hypothesize that recounting dreams could have a multiplying and refining effect: the more deeply you understand your emotions, the more you could accurately anticipate future emotions based on what your plans are in the coming days.

On that note, I hope you all have a low-stress Tuesday and a dreamy week, and please enjoy this evergreen tweet from Internet extraordinaire, Amy Brown.


Journaling prompt ✍

Write about the last dream you remember having. How did it make you feel in the dream? What about when you woke up? Did you tell anyone about it?

Worth a read 📖

I've recently started using an app called Readup (created by Bill Loundy, long-time friend of the Om Weekly). I love the experience so far, you've gotta finish reading an article before you can rate and comment on it. Unlike the vanity metrics of social media that ascribe value and algorithmically rank content based on shares or comments but guarantee zero absorption of the information, this holds users to the standard of actually reading something before opining on it. Keeping this in mind, and being well aware that your time is precious, I'll only share stuff that I've rated 8/10 or higher on Readup:
  • This thread from Andrew Kimmel was heartbreaking (Content warning: suicide). Pair it with a good hard read of this piece by Cynthia Koons and John Tozzi about the atrocious state of mental health care in this country: "It all adds up to a wall between people and the help they need, the kind of barrier that would never be tolerated if the illness were diabetes or leukemia."
  • This may seem like a strange and unrelated comment but stories like this just further reinforce for me the tremendous responsibility that is being a parent. Like, helping a kid to avoid adverse childhood experiences might be the single most important and completely overlooked and unpaid job that a human could do. ("I’m a Veteran Without PTSD. I Used to Think Something Was Wrong With Me", by Melissa Thomas).
  • Whoa: "We now have the beginnings of an idea of what consciousness is good for and why it evolved. I suspect that animals capable of consciously probing their experiences and memories also have the capacity to explicitly recognize the bodily upheavals that we call emotions. If they’re going to make decisions based on memories of the past, it probably helps to realize how those experiences made them feel." - "The Surprising Complexity of Animal Memories," Frans de Waal

Tunes 🎶

The playlist has a refresh and this month's flow playlist is perfectly curated to fit your wildest dreams. Listen to it as you get up in the morning and journal about them.
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