Mind Mapping: A Powerful New Year’s TraditionPosted December 31, 2014 in Spiritual Psychology
I absolutely love New Year’s Eve! New Year’s is a holiday that is all about consciousness: we are invited to review, feel and honor the previous year while accessing, intending and dreaming the next year forward.
I spoke with a client yesterday who had been invited to a vision board party to consciously dream about her next year. She was resistant, as she did not like the idea of making a fixed plan with specific goals for the future. We talked about how she could also make a more abstract board where her Soul guided her to pick the colors and images that reflected what feelings she wanted to increase in her life. This type of awake-collage-dreaming can be very surprising as a meditative art project. The Soul (or unconscious) loves to have room to play directly with the ego in a creative format.
In previous New Year’s posts I have talked about the importance of asking your Soul about what Her (or His) resolutions are for you (as opposed to making egoic goals) and also one of my favorite releasing rituals. This year I am going to give you one of my favorite tools to help you consciously dream 2015 with your Soul on paper.
I am a list maker. This natural tendency can go wild and create a conucopia of list-making content flying through my mind (often when trying to sleep). “Remember to buy tomatoes, Write that new blog post, Maybe we should go as a family to visit the waterfalls?, What are the types of trips I want to take with my children?, How should I organize my new online course….”
Something that helps me to categorize and prioritize all of this free floating content is making mind maps (or concept maps). I love doing a mind map around New Year’s to help me visually outline and link my mind chatter with how I want to feel in the upcoming year. (It is also helpful anytime I feel overwhelmed making key decisions). It is powerful to see all of the brain chatter displayed on one visual and understand the interconnecting relationships between concepts which at first appear unrelated. It is super simple but also an incredibly powerful tool. This “brain dump” satisfies my left and right brain cravings as I play with color and design to organize my thinking mind. (This is also a great technique to teach anyone in school for more creative and powerful note taking or for brainstorming during group meetings).
Benefits of Mind Mapping
- Helps brain to “dump” and see everything all in one place
- Promotes brainstorming and discovery of new concepts
- Focuses on relationships or links between concepts
- The visuals help you to remember, making a lasting impression
- A form of organization that connects right brain with left brain (values creativity and feeling)
How to Mind Map
- Take a topic and draw/write the main topic in the center of the page
- Allow yourself to play with colors and images to link visuals and feeling as you draw lines of connection between the main topic and supporting topics
- Provide visual cues to emphasize important points
- Don’t get too fussy, allow yourself to play and dream on paper
(A gorgeous example of how to mind map by Paul Foreman.)
If you do a mind map, let me know how it goes. (I would also love to see pics!)
Have fun consciously dreaming your 2015!