I'm trying to deal/"cope" with the amount of time journaling could potentially comsume for me. My dreams these last few days have provided me so much detail that I imagine myself spending two hours easy before I can get out of bed (as I recall emotions and dispositions towards many, if not each, of my dream experiences. *My subconsciousness is telling me that this is a very good thing if I intent to understand my dreams* and I agree). However, I've neglected journaling those dreams because I didn't feel like spending that much time journaling (even after switching to voice recording, as I have a very bad handwriting, especially in the morning).
Ofcourse, I could spend less time, cutting things short, but with all the encouragement to "get as many details as possible", I can't help but feel that it would defeat the purpose somehow. It's like I'm hearing myself say "It's either all, or nothing. Period".
How do you guys deal with Dream Journaling (DJ?)? Have anyone had the same situation?
First deliberate LD: 4/1-2012 (DILD).
Lucidities after that: 26/3-2012 (DILD during nap), 1/6-2012 (DILD during nap),
I spend around 5 to 10 minutes in the morning, mentally going through my dreams, and I try to integrate thinking about them the next day during my daily activity so they become more a part of life, just as if they were waking life memories. Instead of writing, I focus on trying to go back to experience it again in my mind like a meditation. It becomes more of a mental exercise than a physical one for me. Maybe I could have more LDs if I did a journal, but right now I'm having around 2 per week so I'm satisfied.
When I first began journaling, I tried writing extensive, detailed entries right after waking up. I found that while I remember my whole dream after waking up, by the time I get around to writing about the later parts of my dream, I've already forgotten it. I got really frustrated at constantly forgetting the majority of my dreams, so I started only writing notes, and I can say now that it is much more satisfying to remember a whole dream in "pretty good" detail then to only remember a small portion in "excellent" detail. Hopefully that will help you with your "all or nothing" dilemma.
Outlining is also effective for remembering dreams in the middle of the night when you're too tired/lazy to make a full entry.
In my experience, I spend about an hour journaling on most days, but it may be a little longer if I have multiple detailed dreams. I'm the type that likes to get everything, though, and while I don't have much time to myself during the day, I've journaled for over 10 years now, and my dreams are worth it to me enough to journal them in enough detail to ensure I am able to re-experience them in the same detail 10 years from now as I did on the night I dreamed them, even if it means giving up a good chunk of the time I do have. For you, less detail may be just as good as more detail. My earlier dreams were all just a few sentences here or there, and that only takes a few minutes.
There's no way I will record every dream I ever had in perfect detail. It would take forever and drive me crazy. I'm only going to write my more significant dreams now.
But if you are working on dream recall, it is very useful because it creates the habit of remembering. And write every last detail even if it seems pointless. Was a person to your left or to your right? What color was the object? Who else was in the room? Stuff like that.
So "how much time do I spend on Journaling?"..... TOO MUCH!
And just sharing, i write my DJ in 3 parts:
1. After i wrote the date, i drew a small key symbol and write the keywords ("fly, big city, with mom", etc)
2. Then i write the complete story below, i insert my personal comments so when i read it again weeks later, i'd laugh and remember how i felt that night. I also draw sketches to strenghten my memory.
3. Below, i write "D/N (dreamer's note)" and list all the bizzare things in the dream that should make me become more critical, in pointers ("i CAN'T see ghost." "my house, but not my house", etc) i find this really helping me become lucid more often.
And there it is, my DJ when i've filled 1 notebook full, at the last page i list every dream signs that i ha experienced, and circle those which appear the most ("sky", etc). I also find this helping since if i see the dreamsigns in waking life, i do reality check and put special attention to them.
Hope this helps
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