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IT IS APPARENT that the IDEA that it is POSSIBLE

flows from a state of "mindfulness" - and that

perhaps mindfulness comes naturally to dyslexics.

 

 

"WITHOUT leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, IS a form of planning" - Gloria Steinem

 

The genius Austria composer Mozart would have his most creative moments when lying awake in the still of the night, warm and relaxed in bed. In a letter to his father he once wrote - "WHEN I AM completely myself, entirely alone or during the night when I cannot sleep, it is on these occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly. Whence and how these come I know not and nor can I force them."

 

As Tony Buzan goes on to say in his latest epic - Modern MIND MAPPING for Smarter Thinking - The reason why these creative outpourings occur in such scenarios is that the brain is relaxed and either physically or conceptually in solitude (away from the incessant 'noise' of iPods, [iPhones, iPads and ALL other manner of tablets], Blackberries and so on). This is the environment which then encourages the flowering of creative ideas.

So daydreaming, once seen as a 'no-no' and undesirable especially in the classroom, we are now beginning to see as a behaviour that IS a fundamentally magnificently creative exercise.

 

MINDFULNESS is the art of paying attention to the details of the present moment - without judgement.

 

It is in our quiet moments that our minds settle and we find that we can meditate or relax. This in turn creates a mental "cushion" from which our imagination and thought associations can flow and traverse to eureka moments.

Daydreaming is at the heart of creativity.

 

You have to take time out & think about what you are doing when you create a Mind Map. You have to put yourself in "a frame of mind" to think about what you have learnt or what you want to set down.

 

A simple way to do this is to take a leaf out of Leonardo da Vinci's book and

cultivate your senses - LEARN to see through the eyes of an artist, to hear through

the ears of a musician, to feel with the sense of a lover, to smell with the nose

of a perfumist and taste with the palate of a chef

 

 

 

This MINDFULNESS Mind Map provides a matrix of 49 "tunnels" - designed for and by the masses - allowing access to a place conducive to Coexistence, Cooperation and Collaboration - such that the collective all-inclusive first person singular present tense, third person objective - point of view - will then lead to the establishment of a new model & method of wealth creation, mutually beneficial to ALL.

 

 

 

As Daniel Siegel has so succinctly stated in his revolutionary book - MINDSIGHT -

 

BEING mindful, having mindful awareness, is often defined as a way of

intentionally paying attention to the present moment without being

swept up by judgments.

 

Practiced in the East and West , in ancient times and in modern societies, mindful awareness techniques help people to move towards well-being by training the mind to focus on moment-to-moment experience. People sometimes hear the word mindfulness and think "religion". But the reality is that focussing our attention in this way is a biological process that promotes health - a form of brain hygiene - NOT a religion. Various religions may encourage this health-promoting practice, BUT learning the skill of mindful awareness IS simply a way of cultivating what we have defined as the -

INTEGRATION of CONSCIOUSNESS. 

 

MINDFULNESS is a form of mental activity that trains the mind

to become aware of awareness itself and to pay attention to

one's own attention. 

 

 

 

 

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Comment by Michael Grove on January 16, 2013 at 8:44

Modern Mind Mapping for Smarter Thinking by Tony Buzan

This book brings Mind Mapping into the modern age with a bang. Four decades ago, Tony Buzan invented the game-changing thinking tool, the Mind Map. Now over 250 million people are utilising this infinitely flexible tool and its applications have multiplied to span all areas of education, business and home life.

In this latest collaboration with creator of iMindMap software and author of GRASP The Solution, Chris Griffiths, the inventor of Mind Maps explores and defines their relevance today.

You will learn both the theory and the practise of an infinitely versatile technique from the inventor himself and world experts in the field of innovative thinking.

Discover how to update your thinking by using:

- Powerful, practical applications for Mind Mapping in everyday life
- Different thinking modes to find better solutions
- Simple memory techniques to drastically improve your recall
- Daydreaming processes to generate huge creative leaps

With a collective 60 years of research and experience, Tony Buzan and Chris Griffiths will show you how to take the most powerful thinking tool available and use it to turbo-charge your creativity, productivity and success in the modern age.

Comment by Michael Grove on January 16, 2013 at 15:57

NO THING happens in LIVING NATURE that is not in relation to

THE WHOLE as the BALANCED ECO-SYSTEM which Homo Sapiens

must now restore to ensure the survival of LIFE on EARTH.

 

The MINDFULNESS Mind Map provides a matrix of 49 "tunnels" - designed for and by the masses - allowing access to a place conducive to Coexistence, Cooperation and Collaboration - such that the collective all-inclusive first person singular present tense, third person objective - point of view - will then lead to the establishment of a new model & method of wealth creation, mutually beneficial to ALL.

 

 

Comment by Michael Grove on February 24, 2013 at 12:44

Art of Mindful Living 

Mindfulness IS the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment.

It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life.

To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and

with what you are doing. We bring our body and mind into harmony while we

wash the dishes, drive the car or take our morning shower.

Comment by Michael Grove on February 26, 2013 at 14:24
But we are not without hope. The problems that confront our planet and our humanity – environmental tension, social and family dysfunction, economic instability, and political unrest – give us an opportunity to pause, recognize, re-examine the sources of our suffering, and find a path that can lead us towards a brighter future and to an even brighter present.
This is the basic formula that the Buddha used during his own lifetime to guide his fellow beings to tend to their suffering. This basic formula can help guide us now, to our own salvation. The three distinctively Buddhist virtues of mindfulnessconcentration, and insight can lead us to this salvation. Applied appropriately and skillfully, they can help us discover a global ethic and a mindful way of living that can guide the development of our society towards a more sane and healthy direction.
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Comment by Michael Grove on February 26, 2013 at 14:25

We must find ways to apply the Buddhist teachings – namely, the practice of mindfulness, the teachings on suffering and well-being, the wisdom of inter-being and non-discrimination, the Five Mindfulness Trainings (5 Precepts-see attached), and the teachings on the Four Nutriments – so that our society can become more mindful in its production and consumption; so that companies and individuals can produce less toxic waste that harms our collective minds and the environment, and can consume less and in a way that nourishes our body and heart. We as individuals and as nations should apply the Buddhist teachings of moderation, of knowing that we already have enough.

 

IN the intimacy of our homes, fathers and sons apply the teachings so they can have more time and be more present for one another (rather than for their computer screens), and can restore communication by learning to listen deeply and speak more lovingly.

 

IN the sterile classrooms and cold halls of our institutions, teachers and students can learn ways to support one another as in the warm atmosphere of the family, to be less stressful, to relax and handle their feelings and emotions, and to apply themselves in a direction that is meaningful and wholesome – graduating young people not just for the work-force of a capitalistic machine, but for a kinder and freer generation who cooperate more than compete.

 

IN power oriented offices of companies and governmental workplaces, colleagues and fellow workers can serve more mindfully, building brotherhood and sisterhood, nourishing their compassion and generosity, and guiding our society in the direction of true happiness and reconciliation.

 

IN our modern times, as we look for models of development in the ten directions, freedom to develop is highly prized and sought after, but at what price to our young ones and our fragile environment and at what cost to our individual and collective body and consciousness.

 

It is never too late to pause and reflect and to find practices that can bring responsibility and ethical behaviors back into our society, our governments, into our families, and our lives.
Comment by Michael Grove on June 11, 2013 at 13:51

5 Tips For Incorporating Mindfulness

Into A Tech-Centric World

Comment by Michael Grove on January 15, 2014 at 15:57

This practical book has given tens of thousands of clinicians and students a comprehensive

introduction to mindfulness and its clinical applications. Leading practitioners in the field present

clear-cut procedures for implementing mindfulness techniques and teaching them to patients

experiencing depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and other problems. Also addressed are ways

that mindfulness practices can increase acceptance and empathy in the therapeutic relationship.

The book describes the philosophical underpinnings of mindfulness and reviews the growing

body of treatment studies and neuroscientific research. User-friendly features include illustrative

case examples and practice exercises.

Comment by Michael Grove on March 11, 2014 at 11:46

It's no secret that mindfulness meditation - a practice that encourages focusing attention on the

present moment - can ease emotional stress.  And evidence is mounting that mindfulness may also 

have key benefits for your physical health - from lowering blood pressure to helping curb

addiction. But A NEW STUDY conducted by researchers working in Wisconsin, Spain, and France

shows that mindfulness can even affect your genes. Specifically, the study shows that

 mindfulness can limit the "expression" of genes associated with inflammation.

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