One of the many hats I wear is that of a trainer of sorts. At a center where I occasionally work, I have been talking a lot about Mind Maps and how to use them. I invite clients to explore ideas and make plans while using this nifty tool.
Some are already familiar with mind maps. Some are not.
For those of you who are not, allow me a moment to explain.
A mind map is a way to get all of your brainstorming out in front of you so you can see it and then organize it. It’s a diagram where your information is more visually represented than the classic outline. You put your main idea/topic right smack in the middle and then create the supporting ideas around it. After you just get all your thoughts out, you can draw connections and see what’s important vs. what’s not. It might look a little something like this:
This is just an example I pulled off the net, but I like it because it shows how creative and colorful it could be! And as a creative sort of person, it makes me smile.
So, like I said, a mind map is a great way to just brainstorm and get a better vantage point of the whole picture at once, rather than in bits in pieces.
That being said, I have been struggling a bit with my life in terms of balance and what to do professionally. So I decided to create a mind map, and I asked myself these four questions:
- What brings me joy?
- What brings me peace?
- What brings me purpose?
- What supports my life in this realm/reality?
This last one is a heavy-hitter for me, and I think it’s really important to discuss.
What I have noticed a lot is this weird see-saw of “esoterics, hippies and pagans” to kind of ignore the fact that we do live in this reality, in this world, right now. We are reincarnated into this reality, and while we seek a deeper connection with the divine in whichever way, we still need to be mindful of how we are living in THIS reality. Sure, I can read a book on Buddhism that talks about detachment and whatnot, but that’s not applicable to me in this lifetime. This mama’s got bills to pay, amiright?!
I also noticed that when I turn to the “esoteric” for help and guidance, and by this I mean by turning to others in the various communities for inspiration, not my own practice, I noticed a lot of question number four is ignored or not even brought up.
“It will all fall into place if you meditate/do yoga!”
“The Universe will provide!”
“What will be, will be.”
“The gods do not exist to bend to your will.”
“Imagine if entities could help you!”
“Ask and ye shall receive.”
“God helps those who help themselves.”
Well, that’s all a bit contradictory. Do you see what I mean here? I can’t just float about and pray for the best – it’s not enough. I can’t support my life, or the life of my baby, doing this. Not in a healthy way, anyway. I can’t just look at my kid’s heavy diaper and say, “What will be, will be! I will meditate, and maybe it will change itself.”
See what I mean? Maybe I am exaggerating. Maybe I am on a certain life path.
I know I can be an awesome mom at the spiritual level and in this physical, 3D reality. But how can I extend this into the rest of my life?
How do we evolve as spiritual beings while still staying human to what this reality expects of us? How do we balance our expectations?
So there’s been some of my dilemma in finding this “balance” between my spirit life and my life-life. For some, they are lucky enough that they are one and the same. For many I sense, this is simply not the case. It’s not like I am a closet witch or anything, but I am happy keeping my spirit life a bit separate and private (hellooooo, scorpio over here). It’s only natural to me that I seek out “higher guidance” for all my problems, but I also gotz billz ta pay.
Oh, hey there mind map. It’s about time I practiced what I preached, hm? Good one, Universe! 😉
So this thing that I had been talking about and praising in my life-life, I channeled into my spirit life to ask big questions and get big answers. I gave it some thought and came up with a rough draft and am looking forward to the opportunity to doodle on it some more. I am definitely feeling clearer than I have in months, and gosh, what a relief!
I would like to invite you to maybe try the same. Think about how you’re supporting your mortal flesh and life around you, here and now, and how that connects with whatever brings you joy, peace and purpose.