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New Tools for Thinking and Reflecting

I started working with Ira Progoff's classic At a Journal Workshop today. I'm reasonably certain that I picked up this book years decades ago and found it entirely unhelpful -- but it makes a lot more sense now that I'm older. I enjoyed the preliminary exercises, and look forward to continuing to work with it.

I also picked up (from the library) a book on Mind Mapping -- something I've always thought of as a relatively simple brainstorming tool, but evidently has a lot more potential. It's scarily synchronous with my exploration of visual journaling. Both encourage right brain use while not needing to leave rational thought behind. I'm seeing a lot of possibilities for it, including as a way of opening up my priestess studies journal, which has thus far been very linear -- which isn't always a good reflection of those practices and processes.

Add to those experiments a wonderful 90 minute massage, and it's been a good day.

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heron61
Aug. 29th, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
Is mind mapping actually useful for anything? I've looked into it at bit, and to me it looks to be remarkably pointless.
qos
Aug. 29th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
The way these authors (Buzan and Buzan) develop it, I'm finding it useful, and I'm intrigued with the possibilities of using it to help Wolfling take more effective notes in her classes.

I'm going to try to use it to see if it can help break my writers block around the Intro I need to write for the devotional, which is the last thing I have to do. We'll see if it works. ..
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