Are you a list maker, doodler, visionary, and dreamer? Do you love brainstorming, creating relationships between ideas, and expressing creativity? Mind Mapping is a fun and engaging tool that fits well with intention work and envisioning possibilities.
Mind Maps are a creative activity where you can heart- and brainstorm your ideas, and bridge both the left and right brain hemispheres. The mindmapping process allows for fresh ideas, insight, and intuition to guide you as you fill in your Mind Map. Mind Maps are a visual representation of your ideas presented in a non-linear, free thinking and free flowing, yet logical, and organized format.
Mind Maps are similar to organizational flow charts with roots in business and project planning. They are often integrated in business and educational applications for brainstorming, problem solving, and expanding upon ideas. Mind Maps are also beneficial for generating ideas, note-taking, studying, organizing, classifying and sequencing info, interpreting dreams, planning writing projects, visualizing, memorizing, and making decisions. Mind Maps can be applied in unlimited and boundless ways across numerous industries, careers, and fields.
Business Dictionary defines Mind Maps as a: “Graphical technique for visualizing connections between several ideas or pieces of information. Each idea or fact is written down and then linked by lines or curves to its major or minor (or following or previous) idea or fact, thus creating a web of relationships. Mind Maps were developed by the UK research Tony Buzan in his 1972 book, “Use Your Head”…Like other mapping techniques its purpose is to focus attention, and to capture and frame knowledge to facilitate sharing of ideas and concepts.”
Wikipedia’s definition describes Mind Maps this way: ”A Mind Map is a diagram used to visually organize information. A mind map is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank landscape page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_map
Connecting Mind Maps to Intentions:
For intentions, Mind Maps can:
- Help you clarify intentions
- Heart/brainstorm ideas
- Explore possible paths and new directions
- Reveal inspired action steps
- Be a catalyst for change
- Discover your passion, interests and what excites you
- Uncover blocks and resistance
- Highlight feelings, perceptions and energy
- Help to identify and solve problems, and uncover issues
- Provide an opportunity to course correct or ask for help and support
- Inform choices, help make decisions, and more.
Mind Mapping Intentions…
Begin with an intention, central idea, theme, topic, your core values, or any area or issue of focus in the center of the page. As ideas, and subtopics emerge, add branches to connect your ideas and subtopics with lines, words, inspirations, short phrases, pictures, and symbols. Dress your Mind Map up with color, designs, and personalize with your own style. Allow your ideas to flow. Let go and enjoy the process!
Using Mind Maps for an intention exploration tool may illuminate the next inspired action step to take, or which direction to follow. Your completed Mind Map also serves as a potential outline or guide for following through on tasks, defining goals, and creating lists.
Would love to hear how Mind Mapping assists your intention process, inspires change and opens up the possibilities. For more in depth information on Mind Maps, I recommend Buzan’s book, “The Ultimate Mind Map Book.”
There are an abundance of free Mind Map templates available online through the Google “images” search tab, and found with standard keyword research using any search engine. You can search for keyword combinations on the areas you are interested in, like “Mind Maps and health” or “Mind Maps and business” or “Mind Maps and project planning” or simply, “Mind Maps” to get ideas from existing diagrams and styles. There are also several amazing digital Mind Map apps available for free or minimal cost. Here are a few links to get you started: