W by Winnie Rose Reyes
Visual Representation of Winnie Rose

Tibetan Wheel of Life

W is for Wheel of Life

In the earliest centuries of Buddhism, statues of the Buddha were not used. Instead, Buddhist art consisted of images symbolizing the Buddha and his teachings, such as the lotus, the Wheel of the Law, the Bodhi tree, lions, and the Buddha's footprints.

Eventually, the Buddha statue became one of the most popular representations in Buddhism, but these early symbols remain important and are frequently used to this day. They are especially important in Theravada Buddhist countries like Sri Lanka and Thailand.

As Buddhism spread, Buddhist symbolism was enriched by the cultures it came into contact with. This is especially true of Buddhism in Tibet, which has developed a rich symbolic tradition. The central symbols of Tibetan Buddhism are the Eight Auspicious Symbols, known in Sanskrit as Ashtamangala (ashta meaning eight and mangala meaning auspicious). The Eight Auspicious Symbols are printed on Tibetan prayer flags, incorporated into mandalas and thangkas, and used in other forms of ritual art. In addition to these, another important symbol is the Tibetan Wheel of Life, an symbolic representation of the universe as understood by Tibetan Buddhists.

Turn the wheel of life, print it out and colour it bold

Enchanteur draws a mandala, a wheel of life, on the floor in front of you, a drawing which will be preserved, which will name you. The mandala is one tool you will use to help identify your ‘alter ego’, the part of you which will stand proudly under the Soul Food spotlight.

Meditate upon the mythical history of the gods, the ancestors, mankind. Invoke the Goddess and implore her to create again, to release your creative spirit, from the egg and give it full reign. Begin mindmapping within the mandala, draw and write your creative self into being.

It is this creative self which will move on from mining to the next phase of the journey.

Wheel Used for Goal Setting

When you have completed your wheel, ask yourself the following questions:
1. How balanced is my wheel? How smooth would a ride on this wheel be?
2. What did I notice while I was doing the wheel?
3. What numbers really surprised me?
4. What are the correlations between two or more areas?
5. What would it take to move one of my numbers up a notch? (ie. what would it take to move my number five on personal growth up to 6?)
6. What do I want in order to live a more balanced life? 

Brain Storming from Mind Map

If you need to have several good ideas, the best way to get them is to create large number of them first and then to choose the best ones. Brain storm is a wonderful technique for fast ideas generating. It helps you to break out your thinking patterns and look at things into new way. You should focus on a problem and then develop a lot of solutions and ideas in short time.

A quick brainstorming session will boost your creativity in a flash and help to speed you on your way to victory!

Mind mapping - the technique of arranging ideas and their interconnections visually - is a popular brainstorming technique.

Individual Brain Storm

When you brainstorm on your own you will tend to produce a wider range of ideas than with group brainstorming - you do not have to worry about other people’s egos or opinions, and can therefore be more freely creative. You may not, however, develop ideas as effectively as you do not have the experience of a group to help you.

When brainstorming on your own, it can be helpful to use brain storm software such as Mind Maps to arrange and develop ideas. A particularly useful way of doing this is to use computer-based mind mapping software.

Brainstorming tips

  • Focus on result. Imagine what you would like to get. You should have a clear picture in your mind.
  • Fancy four or five people who are entirely different from you, people of different origin, age, education etc.
  • Imagine what each of these people would think about your problem and what approach to the problem he would have.
  • Now you are ready to start your brainstorming session.
  • Set your mind on creating a certain number of ideas within a short time interval. The deadline should be really pressing – from 3 to 5 minutes. The number of ideas should be really large – 10 or even more, up to 20.
  • Open organizer and make a list of your ideas. Some of your ideas may seem to be strange, funny or even stupid. Don’t mind about this. Free your imagination. Don’t criticize, don’t evaluate. Don’t be too serious – it’s just a game. Write down whatever comes into your mind.
  • After the time has run out, think over your problem for few more minutes and generate some more ideas. Last ideas could be very useful and promising.

Mind Mapping in Brain storm

One of the best ways to begin the brainstorming process is working with images. When Albert Einstein was once asked how he began his writings, he explained that he constructed pictures in his mind, images that moved around one another. In this way he crystallized his ideas and later wrote them down.

When Brainstorming on your own, it can be helpful to use Mind Maps to arrange and develop ideas. A particularly useful way of doing this is to use computer-based mind mapping tools. The brain storm software helps your visual thinking take notes and planning projects. Problem solving by groups is known to be an effective business tool. Brainstorming involves a team to solve an issue any problem. ConceptDraw MINDMAP is known to be an effective brainstorm software. It enables you to present information in a simple, visual way by building trees of ideas or Mind Maps.

Mind Map Software