Posted by: Dawud Israel | November 11, 2007

The Mind Map

I write too much and I realized that when I write something I find myself leaving out a number of issues. I wish there was a quicker way to communicate than writing and speaking and that’s where this comes from. I originally found this on Shaykh Abdul Raheem Green’s blog but I have to admit I had seen this before and dismissed it.

Watch this to get a quick overview of Mind-Mapping

There are a few reasons why Mind-Mapping is so successful and easy:

-humans are very visual and tactile creatures and this works with that to enhance your learning and memory

-especially in Islam, we realize that everything is connected and little different than a web that all comes back to Allah–mind-mapping shows that this is true elucidating the very structure/function of the brain on paper

-Connections can be made fast and easy…thought is like a river and sometimes you reach a fork in the river and turn right, left, right and then forget your way and find you have to remember where you came from—with mind-mapping you keep track of where you are so you can go back and explore every single nook and cranny.

-push your creativity to the limit, fast and easy

-possibility of innovation and new ideas increases when in the presence of other ideas

Some awesome examples of a mind-map:

Imagination as a Resource

Mind-Mapping

Dyslexia

Here’s how to do a Mind-Map and if you want to read more about this check out “Tony Buzan” at your local library because he has done more work on this than anyone else.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. Business companies, software designers and professional development people have taken it a step further. There are softwares out there that incorporate a 3-dimensional feel to this by animating it on computer software. Tony Buzan’s software iMindMap seems to be the best out there.

iMindMap

The advantage to this it’s much more cleaner and organized than regular mind-mapping on paper. The disadvantage is its easier with a tablet PC.

I personally think that mind-mapping has more to evolve into. I wonder what else could come out of this. I have some ideas, but I’ll keep quiet for now 😉

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdik ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk. Ameen.


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