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Mind-maps are structured associations that have long been used to organize thoughts, capture them and playfully rearrange them, and discover new connections among ideas. They have been used as a kind of nonlinear storyboarding and a way to organize tasks for creative intuitives ( e.g., the NPs on the Myers-Briggs).

Another use I’ve experimented with lately is as a meditative tool.

Start with a keyword at the center and then close your eyes and breath very slowly for some time. Some centering words that have occurred to me include: Holy Spirit, Compassion, Penitence, Christ, Savior, Silence. There are so many words one might use.

Then, open your eyes and allow free-form branches to grow spontaneously out of that center in heart and mind with sub-branching off of the primaries.

Once you’ve reached a point where it simply feels good enough, stop, close your eyes again, return to quiet breathing and then close with a short prayer.

As a final step, allow your heart to wander until attaching to a next keyword to explore in a next session of contemplative mind-mapping.

Perhaps you’ll try it out. I’d love to hear how it works for you.

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What are we really if not a bramble full of often stray ideas and images conditioned by memories, fears, delights and expectations – themselves ideas.

I write seated on our couch before the unlit fireplace, with the Christmas tree standing opposite, all adorned with brilliant ornaments both old and new. It stands as an homage to Christmases past and as hope for those yet to come.

The space-time of my sitting is comforting and yet also a tad nervous.

A palpable tension lies beneath as yet another man-made year passes and the possibilities of this new one are infinite. Dark news of the world, and my lifelong search for what is right and true, comingle in my heart. Only a time of true inner silence resolves the dance of so many dilemmas.

God is process – a continuous evolution toward ineffable fulfillment at the center; a love sensed in every breath, a heartbeat echoed in my own.

Maybe I’ll light the fireplace.

Happy New Year.

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