Love how well thought out the layout is and how the ideas are presented. Making connections to past mystics by beginning each chapter with a quote, speaking in the first person to include the reader, providing personal anecdotes and stories to make connections and put ideas in perspective, and offering journaling prompts to begin the process of self-reflection and intentional growth, as well as engaging in conversations with friends and others to share these newly found discoveries. Building a community of awaken souls.
Early Childhood Instructional Coach
The term "awareness" and "know thyself," has been the subject of self-help books instructing the reader to look within to find the answers to their stressful or unhappy life. We are instructed to find the patterns of thinking that does not produce the best results. Sounds easy to do, identify the errors in thinking change them, and then we will live a happier more fulfilling life. It has always been difficult to change the way I viewed my experiences and reacted to life, but reading and doing the exercises in this book really did make it easier for me.
Until I read this book, "The Mind Is the Map," I was attempting to change myself using only my thoughts. I did not question where my beliefs originated, how I felt about these beliefs, or where the emotions that became attached to these beliefs originated! My facts and thoughts were not enough to slow the chatter in my mind. I did not understand why I felt like I was riding a stationary bike. Without going deep within, sensing the emotions in my body and where the feelings originated I was not able to "think" myself out of my thought patterns.
As I worked my way through the exercises in this book, I felt lovingly guided every step of the journey. I became increasingly aware of the "Writing on My Wall," and how it was put there to begin with. I was introduced to a host of new tools to assist me, and I learned to laugh at my follies, manage my very strong feelings, as I was guided to live from my heart. The Mind is the Map was indeed a treasure map for me and the journey was one of curiosity, wonder, playfulness and fun. Enjoy!
- Catherine B.