Posted by: wordsmithsuk | June 11, 2010

improve your life with Mind Maps


AC Grayling“When life is lived with attentiveness and sensitivity… it is rich and good.”
AC Grayling

One of the highlights of this year’s literary festival at Hay-on-Wye was a lecture given by the philosopher AC Grayling. Listening to him at ten o’clock on a Sunday morning, I remembered how much I used to love reading Plato, Descartes and Sartre when I was a student. Not that I ever considered how to apply any of their lofty ideas in everyday life.

Grayling is one of my heroes because his aim is to take philosophy out of the ivory towers and make it a tool to help people live more fulfilling lives. He is motivated by the knowledge that the average life lasts ‘fewer than a thousand months’, so we must do our best to use our limited time thoughtfully and well.

In his latest book Thinking of Answers, Grayling asserts that ‘people who read and reflect more likely than not come to judge things with liberality and truth’. So to lead a more rewarding life, we need to do lots of thinking. Unfortunately it’s not that easy. You can, as Grayling said, adopt the Rodin pose – with or without clothes as the mood takes you. But two things happen once you put your hands on your chin and start gazing at your feet. First the mind goes blank, then after a few seconds, you start thinking about your recent holiday or your forthcoming shopping trip.

Rodin's ThinkerBut we don’t have to sit and contemplate our feet like Rodin’s statue. We can improve our thinking and learning skills by applying the art and science of Mind Mapping. This powerful thinking tool can help us make best use of the brain’s imaginative and associative powers. In creating Mind Maps we delve deeply into those parts of our minds that are usually masked by the superficial details of day-to-day life and work.
It is by making creative associations that we are able to develop previously undreamed of ideas or link pieces of information that we thought we had forgotten. Making new tracks through our billions of brain cells enables us to focus deeply and broadly on any issue or problem.
What’s your experience of using Mind Maps as a thinking tool?
Want to learn more about how to create fantastic Mind Maps? Email Nick ( nick@word-smiths.co.uk ) and ask for a copy of our free e-book ‘Mind Mapping for Success’.

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