It too often goes without saying that SoulCollage® has great therapeutic benefits. I am neither a therapist, nor any other kind of professional in mental health, but I am a patient/client of the U.S. mental healthcare system, and I've had therapists who have encouraged me to do as much SoulCollage® as possible because they've seen the immediate and lasting benefits for me. That's just my case and my experience, and it's why I tell people they have to experience SoulCollage® for themselves in order to truly understand the power of it. Once they do, they understand!
I got deep into SoulCollage® a few years ago when I was deep in depression. I never thought I'd be depressed, let alone a person who lives with depression, so it was a tough transition: confusing, tiring, draining, and I tried everything to make it, and the anxiety and panic that went with it, go away. I had a good job with good benefits so I could purchase too many self-help books, take vacations, spend time with friends and family, meditate, keep pets and see a primary care doctor, medical specialists, a mental health therapist, naturopath doctor, accupuncture doctor and massage therapist. And still the anxiety and depression persisted.
In order to get me pointed upward, and at least stop the downward spiral, I remembered SoulCollage® from a girls weekend a long time before when I noted that I'd do it again. I even collected supplies that were never touched. I finally made time to SoulCollage®, and I made a lot. It started me on a path of healing unlike anything else. It's a way for me to put feelings onto a tangible thing for studying and contemplating, a way for me to look inward, a way for me to let go. It's personal and quiet, yet there's comfort in sharing space and SoulCollage® cards with others who are on their own healing paths and love SoulCollage®. As an introvert, those two parts of SoulCollage® are particularly appealing to me. I'll continue SoulCollaging® forever, I hope. The more I do it, the bigger and clearer the messages get. I laugh, cry and cringe. It never ceases to amaze me. Now I love sharing it, too!
Megan Menkveld created MMSoul to have a platform from which she could share SoulCollage® and the overall gift of art in order to create balance and wellness for all individuals open to receiving it. This blog is a way to stay in touch and keep the conversation going outside of workshop time. Please visit regularly, comment and share! All are welcome.