I love coloring. That's right! Coloring :)
Well, intentional coloring is a long-tested spiritual practice, traditionally used in Yantras and Mandalas. In the last few years, the practice has gained commercial success as an adult stress-reliever.
Coloring allows us to practice one-pointed focus. In turn, this allows the distractions of our inner and outer worlds to become less intense. Did your mind wander? Gently bring it back to that pen/pencil/paint stroke. As the senses withdraw, our parasympathetic nervous system, which allows us to rest and digest, activates. Our stress reduces, and this can prepare us to experience a meditative state.
I'm a portraitist, and I love drawing. Sometimes the structure of a portrait doesn't meet my needs for the day. I found that, on days where I couldn't sit down to draw, I found great joy in coloring in my mind maps. I continued to do this, and that has led us to this here blog post!
What is a Mind Map?
A mind map is like a flow chart.It's a visual template that helps you organize your desires, needs, obstacles and tasks on paper, allowing you to visualize a path forward toward your goals.
Mind maps provide structure and clarity for your path and a record of your progress. They help you remember your why and help you see what's getting in your way. They motivate you to push forward while also revealing your patterns of thinking and behavior.
I want to share this practice with you because filling out a mind map daily has propelled positive change in my daily life. I create a mind map every morning as a part of my morning ritual. I found traditional templates boring and unmotivating, so I began to double mind-mapping as an artistic exercise by using colors and fun imagery. Instead of the traditional "lines" and "bubbles," I created flowers, orbs, and images that have no name. This made the practice fun because it sparked my creativity, turning the mind map into a therapeutic process rather than a chore.
In alignment with Rod Stryker's mind map model, I include the following categories in my Mind Maps:
Mind Map Categories
Dharma Code (Life's Purpose)
Message From the Heart
Google "mind map," and you'll find many variations with different purposes. The purpose of this category set is to help you manifest your unshakable purpose in this world. One of my Sankalpa's (or heartfelt intentions) is to create a 365-day Coloring Mind Map Journal to support others in their journey toward manifesting dharma.
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How do I use a Mind Map
Never fear. The process is easy. Each category has it's own "bubble" on the page. Inside of that category, you write any applicable information.
Here is an example of one of my mind map templates