In past posts, I've mentioned creating a Heart Map (see Explore: Your Heart), a mind-mapped to-do list. Centered on my Word-of-the-Year, each Heart Map map branches out to my Heart Ventures, activities I most love to do.
Usually, I use these to-do maps to plan my days or my weeks. For the past several weeks, though, I haven't taken time to create a Heart Map. I've been following a "map" that's in my mind, but I don't have anything down on paper. When I notice I'm moving along without a Heart Map, sometimes I stop and jot down what I call a "back map."
Creating a Back Map
Back mapping simply involves reviewing where I've been. In my journal, I ask myself how I've been living my Heart Ventures (which include connecting, creating, exploring, learning and moving). I write down "I've been connecting ..." then I list how I've connected with people in recent days. I continue this review for each of my Heart Ventures.
What a Back Map Reveals
When I've finished back mapping, I can see where I've been spending my energy. I can also see whether I'm on my heart's true path. If I don't have anything or many activities listed under one Heart Venture, I can see the area where I'm neglecting my heart or where I'm off track. This gives me a chance to correct my route and redistribute my energy so I'm fully living my heart's true path.