Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mind Mapping Workshop...Finally!

When I said finally in the title, I didn't mean I finally attended the workshop, it's just a word of relief that I was FINALLY able to open my blog. It's been three weeks, and my body and mind have been working non-stop, I can't believe September is ending soon! And yes, Christmas is really in the air..err, in the malls, complete with Holiday sales and carols. *winks* I hope you enjoy the season as much as I do, it's my and the Sweet's favorite time of the year, that we are almost sad when we have to turn the calendar page to January.

Going back, after 3 failed attempts of reconciling my schedule to the workshop dates, I was able to squeeze in and attend last Monday's Mind Mapping Workshop at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati. The Mind Mapping technique is developed by world renowned author and educator, Tony Buzan, organized by my trusted Salt & Light Ventures, and facilitated by Buzan certified instructor, Bernard Marquez. This is the third Salt & Light Ventures workshop I have attended and so far, I'm a very happy customer.

So what is Mind Mapping all about? By definition, mind maps are graphical method of taking notes. Simply put, it's a tool, a technique you can use in studying, organizing, solving problems, decision making and even writing. It uses pictures, colors and other visual representation, because truly, our brain works with pictures. Ever wonder why we have different languages and yet we identify same images across the globe? Like the traffic signs, airport markings and the like, eh?

I'm not planning on giving a lesson here, but here are some notes I learned (and couldn't agree more) from the workshop:

1. Day dreaming is a recognized function of our right brain, just like music, rhythm, language etc., so yes, it's fruitful to day dream!

2. Our education system is based on the needs of the Industrial era, where factories and machines thrive and drive the world, but we are already in the Information age, but sadly, our education system failed to evolve. It has focused in honing the activities of the left brain: objective, logical, rational, technical, which is actually fine, but placed the right brain's functions in deep sleep. Our right brain works with random, subjective, intuitive, and so our creativity lies in it. But right after first grade, we used less crayons, stick to black or blue pen, and worked on less images and more words, shutting any further creative developments of a child. OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM NEEDS A REVAMP.

3. Don't be afraid to use pictures to emphasize words, to put images to aid our memory. Colors can help our brain associate things, and therefore remember more efficiently.

4. Memory is not based on one's age, unless biologically linked i.e. Alzheimer's, Dementia etc. So let's not make our age an excuse on exercising those brain cells, okay?

5. Memory can be enhanced, and the facilitator showed us HOW, and it's creepy and amazing at the same time!

6. I'm such a young working girl, and I shoudl be proud of it. *giggles*

7. I should lessen my caffeine intake (Dusit coffee is so good, I nearly downed the boiler)

8. RJ Ledesma is as cute in person! =)

9. Dusit has the most relaxing bathroom scent: Ginseng!

10. Juggling promotes your brain's creativity and releases stress. And it's fun, too! =)

So there, I want to write more things, but I think I should leave it to you guys to research, and to attend the workshop, if you have the time and chance. You may visit their website to see lists of courses offered. My personal recommendation is the Managing Miscommunication Workshop facilitated by Eric Villarama. Have fun! =)

Dusit Thani Hotel lobby

Facilitator, Mr. Bernard Marquez

Sirlon Steak & German potatoes for lunch.
Seriously, meat is so bland, save the potatoes.

Smart & witty, RJ Ledesma
*RJ Ledesma is a writer, host and comedian working with Uno Magazine, Men's Room and Philippine Star

Juggle* Juggle*

My first mind map got the most "Good Job" notes! Yay!

It feels so good to be back, hopefully.
Your NeuroChiq,

Monday, September 6, 2010

Tall & Happy Regardless

I'm very careful at discussing religion in my blog, since I respect that fact that I have readers from different sectors and beliefs, but my daily email verse, I think, is very timely and encompassing to all walks of faith.

"It's not our circumstances that steal our joy; it's our attitude during our circumstances."

I'm optimistic most of the time, and my family can vouch how good I am in handling difficult situations, that in fact, I seem to work excellently under enormous pressure. Yes, I get sick when I'm too relaxed, my body is more productive when subjected to significant amount of stress. But I'm human, and so I'm also guilty of being a cry baby and whiny at times, being ungrateful and not content with what I have [regardless if I need or just want it], though I usually ditch this b*tch in a matter of hours or overnight at most.

But when you're stripped of your worldly possessions and securities, you'll look back and realize that you indeed had a lot, A LOT, and it's only you who didn't seem to see or appreciate it. So it's not really a matter of how much you have or not have, but how you see things, and what's your attitude towards it. I'm a hypocrite if I say I go for the simpler, less luxurious life, but I want to hone my attitude to be happy and content with whatever situation I am without affecting my goals and tactics on how to get them.

It's a tough task, but really, any situation is ambiguous, it can be best for you and worse for others or vice-versa. That's also why we should NEVER compare our lives with others. No matter how good or bad a situation is, it's still going to change, so to spare myself from pain and more whining, I'm training myself to be like a bamboo, and withstand a SUNNY, or a STORMY day, and be tall and happy regardless.

I hope you find these excerpts from the literature as enlightening as I did. =)

"It is easy to think "If I could just get a new car, a bigger house, a better job, or more money, then I'll be happy." We tend to view happiness as a commodity attainable by wealth. However, as the old saying goes, "money cannot buy happiness."

Indeed, no amount of money or things will ever give you lasting joy or contentment; that's because joy and contentment are not based on circumstances. Therefore, if you're not content with what you have, you won't be content with what you want.

Although at first it may seem difficult, it is very possible to be content even during harsh circumstances.Stop thinking that you will have joy after you buy a new house, after you get married, after you buy a better car, after your in-laws treat you right. Don't put off joy until after everything goes your way; DECIDE TO HAVE JOY NOW. For you can have joy whatever the circumstances!"

Your NeuroChiq,