Oliver Saavedra

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  1. When I watched the video I was like "wait, doesn't everyone does this!?", later I understood was dumb from me to think that everyone has journals. As a designer, I have the habit of journaling ideas, processes, drawings, and everything that happens on the mind; and all this year when I began with self-actualization I understood that my journal have to be even better and began journaling almost everything. I have found that doing that helps me being always aware of what's happening in the mind, and its great to do it as long as it doesn't interfere with being mindful and aware of the present moment (an excessive journaling and wanting to write everything can lead to over-conceptualization). Reading this thread and people's comments, I would like to share my way of journaling. My journal is based on three main things: main journal, creative journal, and emotional journal. The Main Journal is where I put almost all, I use Google Keep, which I find great but not as organized as One Note, but works on my mobile which I have almost all day and can put notes whenever they are developing on mind. I find Google Keep's #hashtag system very useful, there I have tags for journaling most things: self-actualization, book notes, class notes, contemplation, dreams, insights, ideas, daily journal, band notes, thesis notes, references, trips, etc. There goes mostly text, lists, to-do lists, images, links, and everything useful. The Creative Journal consists on a series of physical notebooks, a small main one I carry everywhere and others from specific design projects. On design is really useful to have these journals, because design is about the process of creation its essential to have a visual guide of how you've been working and what is leading you to certain creative result. On the creative journal goes everything related to the creative mind: ideas, processes, drawings, moods, maps, cross-pollination, inspiration, text, creative dynamics, and everything. Is something really fun to do actually. Journaling like this really builds up your creative confidence, design is about understanding process and playing with it to get to different results, so being able to get anything from your mind on a journal is very motivating. Lastly, the Emotional journal is about writing how I've been feeling along the day, I use excel to put hour-by-hour my emotions and also general daily moods, which I list day by day and create charts to see my monthly mood patterns. I have been doing this the last three weeks and its been kinda insightful, I'd be improving this system along the way. IMPORTANT NOTES: - Always remember to have a time in your week to review your journals. - Mindfulness helps this habit and having this habit helps developing mindfulness - Understanding and thinking in concepts, a really important thing in design, is really helpful to make easy and fast to write and read precise notes - Writing and mapping concepts and processes helps you be more clear about what you are doing and how you are doing it - I am planning to make a systems thinking journal, right now I use the creative journal for systems
  2. Hi, I also had many other things and books when I knew about this one haha, and had to wait a while to read it. Read it when you are relaxed. It has been interesting to be aware how my experience has changed while reading this book. Superficially, it has made me understand and fix my diagrams about life, and has made me be more aware things I am feeling in the present moment, and understand how that and my concepts create my current emotion on the context, thing that makes me understand better how my mental model system works. That is changing my conceptual view of myself. More deeply, they are showing a new paradigm, which is proved by science, about a new way to understand emotions. In a very realistic way, they are explaining how concepts creates emotions, the two who rule your experience; (knowing about the Truth) and learning about this new paradigm, I am more aware, and I can see my old paradigm getting crashed and a new way of experiencing life is being revealed. I haven't finished the book yet, but it just gets more and more mindblowing, had to share it.
  3. In this book, professor Lisa Feldman Barret talks about a new, more holistic, theory of emotions and puts it in contrast to the classic view of emotions. Mainly, talks about how emotions are constructed by our mindset, mental model, and concepts, which get in between the experience by interpreting the sensorial impulses on a context. This 450 page book contains incredibly valuable information which, in my experience, have made every chapter mindblowing. I believe that this book is a great step for science to understand that experience is not objective nor conceptual. You can find it on http://b-ok.org for free as a PDF or you can find the book on Amazon for $20 dollars, an incredibly cheap price for the knowledge the book has. https://www.amazon.com/How-Emotions-Are-Made-Secret/dp/0544133315/
  4. An episode about what imagination is; how to develop it in more that just visual imagination, but it awereness imagination; and how practicing this can help us develop a "children mind" and fight against ego by messing with our conceptual patterns.