Soul Songs: Your SoulCollage NewsletterSoul Songs
Your SoulCollage® Newsletter

Enabling us to sing the songs
we were born to sing
through the practice
of SoulCollage®
Issue #103  January 2014 Theme:  Balance
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Soul Singing with Anne Marie
Anne Marie, the creator of KaleidoSoul.com
Hi! I'm Anne Marie, the creator of KaleidoSoul.com, and a SoulCollage® facilitator in Massachusetts. If you're just starting to sing your song with SoulCollage®, this column is especially for you.


Living From the Inside Out

We need to maintain a proper balance in our life
by allocating the time we have.
There are occasions where saying no
is the best time management practice there is.
                                            --- Catherine Pulsifer

Balance- what a great theme to start out a brand new year! Wouldn't we all love to live more balanced lives? But just exactly how do we go about doing this?

What comes to mind, for me, when thinking about balance is a tricky little yoga posture called "The Tree." You stand on one leg, bring the bottom of your other foot to rest on the side of the opposite leg (however high up you can place it). Then you bring your hands in prayer position in front of your chest. And breathe! Voila. Tree Pose.

Of course, it's much easier said than done; I know this from experience! I also know that it's much easier to achieve steady balance in this pose if I strengthen my core muscles located at the center of my body, and if I keep my eyes focused on a specific point, straight ahead.

This can be applied to living a balanced life as well. When I make decisions based on that central core of my being (my soul) my life begins to flow back into balance. When I spend quiet time with myself, listening inside, I have a better sense of what to say yes to and what to say no to.
As the quote above indicates, saying no is a powerful tool in the art of living a balanced life. This idea of being in control of where our time and energy goes is not to be pushed aside. I made this SoulCollage® card intuitively years ago. I call her No No Ninja, and time and again she shows up in readings to remind me about the strength and power that resides in the simple act of saying no, or of drawing a line that I will not cross.

This is, for me, the best way to live a life from the inside out, a balanced life, a life that offers the greatest amount of pleasure and joy. Do I do it perfectly? Certainly not! Do I sometimes still say yes when I would be better served by saying no? Yes I do! I'm not perfect and neither are you. Another key to living a more balanced life is forgiving ourselves when we don't live up to our self-expectations, and moving on, lesson learned.

 
Anne Marie Bennett is a writer, self-taught artist, website goddess, cancer survivor, and SoulCollage® Facilitator / Trainer who was mentored directly by Seena Frost. In 2005, she fell in love with SoulCollage® and was inspired to use her professional experience along with Internet technology as a means to serve the world by putting SoulCollage® "out there" in a really big way with KaleidoSoul. Anne Marie lives in eastern Massachusetts with her middle-aged husband, an elderly cat and one youthful dog who keeps them all young. You can read more about how SoulCollage® assisted her on her cancer journey on her website SOS Cancer Journeys.
 
NEW ONLINE WORKSHOP
Unexpected Journeys:
Using SoulCollage® as a Tool
During Times of Illness



3 Week Online Class Series
Easily to participate by telephone and email.
All sessions recorded so you don't have to attend "live."


Starts January 18, 2014  

This online workshop is for you if:

* you have ever been diagnosed with cancer or another serious illness

* you love someone who is going through surgeries or treatments for a serious illness

* ever wonder how you can deal more creatively with the myriad of difficult feelings that accompany an unexpected journey such as cancer, MS, Alzheimers, heart disease or other illness

* would you like to get out some scissors, glue and magazine pictures and give image to this Unexpected Journey that has claimed you

Guest Columnist: Catherine Anderson


My name is Catherine Anderson and I'm a SoulCollage® Facilitator and Trainer from Charlotte, NC. I am delighted to be adding my voice to Soul Songs and hope that my words inspire you to look more deeply into your deck of SoulCollage® cards.



The Circle of Balance

"If you want to balance your life then you must learn to have fun in your life no matter what."
                                      
--- Anastasiya Goers

When I think of balance in my life, the vision of a see-saw (which you might know as a teeter-totter) in a child's playground comes to mind. Perfect equilibrium seldom exists. Balance is an ongoing effort which requires my conscious thought and attention.

Recently, I have discovered that when I view my life as a continuous spiraling of the seasons with times of outward action and times of inward reflection, times of growth and times of birth, rather than a linear journey to a place where all is perfect, I am able to see more clearly where I need to focus my attention to bring things back into balance.

However, for years my life was completely out of balance, and I was unaware that there was a different way of doing things. It started in the 80's when I believed I could live the "superwoman" myth, and I could be a wife, attorney, mother, daughter, friend and more, without anything in my life suffering. I was eventually forced to come to the realization that I was the one who lost out as I rushed around being everything to everybody. In my attempts to attend to everything that needed to be done, I forgot that my body and my soul also needed attention. It was only when my body decided enough was enough, and forced me to spend two months in bed as a result of chronic fatigue, that I realized how out of balance my life was. Life had become a chore, with no time for the things that fed my soul as I madly and constantly rushed around trying to keep my many balls in the air.

I have learnt that giving my body and my soul time to relax and play is the most important gift I can give myself and the people in my life. It has taken me some time to let go of the guilt I felt when I was making art and creating things that made me feel happy. I believed I needed to be useful and productive and playtime seemed like an indulgence.

Making art, playing with color and texture, seeing the beauty of the world through the lens of my camera, renews and replenishes me in ways that are life-affirming, and ensures that I have time to listen to my inner voice, rather than rushing headlong into action. I have learnt that time for reflection and conscious attention to my life journey is, in fact, my most productive time. And yet, I still constantly have to give myself permission to take time alone, to sit quietly, to create, to read, to think and to do nothing.

I've discovered it requires vigilance to live a life of practical balance. Without time to consider what I want my day or my year to look like, I am not able to choose how to fill my days with things that enliven and invigorate my spirit. If I want balance, I need to make conscious choices that support the life I want to lead. I need to consider what is necessary on all levels of body, mind and spirit. As a reminder to myself, I created a SoulCollage® card which I call The Circle of Balance. This card reminds me to find balance in respect of my physical, emotional, spiritual and mental needs.

"I am one who is made up of many parts, all of which sustain and support me, and all of which are equally important for me to live a life of wholeness and balance.

I am one whose spiritual needs include time for creativity, time in open spaces, time for being totally focused in the present moment, as these activities connect me to the knowing that I am not alone and there is purpose in everything.

I am one whose emotional needs include time to play and have fun with family and friends, time to relax and enjoy those around me.

I am one whose physical needs include time for activities that move my body in a joyful way, time to rest and rejuvenate body and mind, and time to nourish my body so that it supports me in all that I do.

I am one whose mental needs include time growing through reading, through writing, through learning and through inter-connections with others who inspire and encourage me."


This card reminds me to make time and space in my life for the things that are not just important, but necessary for my well-being. Am I able to live like this every day? Unfortunately not. But knowing what does sustain me, and knowing when I am totally out of balance helps guide me back to where I'd like to be.

What parts of your life are you forgetting? Consider creating your own Circle of Balance SoulCollage® card to remind you of what is really important in your life.


Catherine Anderson believes in following her passions. She is the author of The Creative Photographer, The Creative Photographer, is a SoulCollage® Facilitator and Trainer, a Labyrinth Facilitator and a Chakradance Facilitator. Catherine teaches photography and creativity workshops and retreats in the USA, and in South Africa, Italy and France. Catherine's website is www.catherineandersonstudio.com.
 

KaleidoSoul Creations
As promised, we are featuring SoulCollage® cards from our readers in each issue.

Each card below is a card that represents Balance from one SoulCollager's Deck.




Brave New World
Committee Suit
Judith
Maryland

I am the adventurer who stands poised between the past and the future. I am the one who is sure enough of my footing to step out of my comfort zone and leave the outdated structures of my life behind. I move confidently forward into a new, exciting, transformed, futuristic world.




Balance
Committee Suit
Chloe
Colorado

I Am The One Who tries to maintain a center of balance in my core. I Am The One Who tries to balance what I am doing. I Am The One Who knows how precarious this can be. I Am The One Who relies on Mother Earth and the Universe to hold me in their arms, for I know they are the Masters of Balance.




Balance
Committee Suit
Rosann
Alberta, Canada

I am the One who reminds you that balance comes from within. I am the One who asks you to slow down, find your centre, that inner place of stillness. Begin there. Then, no matter what is happening around you, you'll approach it with serenity and calm.




Happy Spender
Committee Suit
Karen
California

I am One who is light-hearted about money, who reminds you to be joyful as you choose to keep the abundant energy flowing. I help you balance between saving and spending, releasing sweet delight in the act of exchanging money for that which is of value.




Balance
Council Suit
Denise
California

I am the one who seeks to keep everything in my life in balance. I pull down on the right and push up on the left. When everything is in balance I am no longer in a cloud of stress and confusion. Everything comes easily to me.

 


Please feel free to submit one of your cards for a future issue by sending a reply email to this newsletter.

Future themes include:

February: Community Suit - Pets
March: Elements - Water

 

KaleidoSoul Notes
KaleidoSoul Notes

Noteworthy resources for anyone interested in SoulCollage®

Facilitator TrainingsFacilitator Trainings: Information about content and dates/locations of upcoming trainings of SoulCollage® Facilitators.


SoulCollage websiteSoulCollage website - Seena Frost created the process of SoulCollage®, and this is her website.


KaleidoSoul - Spinning the fragments of your world into wholeness and beauty through SoulCollage®.


Kindred Spirits Join our fast-growing worldwide membership of people who put the "soul" in SoulCollage®!

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New to SoulCollage®? Need a refresher? Try one of these fabulous learning packages!


Note: Enrollment closes on January 31, 2014.
These packages will not be available again later this year.
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CONTACT US

SoulCollage® Meets Astrology


Starts January 15, 2014

Facilitated by Judith Goldberg,
SoulCollage® Facilitator in Maryland

Participants receive:
- A personalized astrological chart and personal Progressed Sun guide
- A workbook with clear information about all the astrological processes
- Exercises for journaling and SoulCollage® card making
- 4 two-hour telephone classes. Recorded for future listening
- A Yahoo Group site with messaging and personal albums for posting your collages

Visit this page now for more information.
 
 
2014 New Moon Goddess Mystery School

Circle the Wheel of the Year through four seasons with four powerful goddesses on four new moons with many other women around the world.

Learn the legends and mysteries of these 4 ancient goddesses and what their archetypal energies can teach us about our own mind, body and spirit today:

Brigid: Celtic Triple Goddess of Fire, Poetry, and Healing
Inanna: Sumerian Goddess and Queen of Heaven and Earth
Artemis: Greek Goddess of the Moon and Hunt
Cerridwyn: Celtic Goddess of Transformation and Magic


Upcoming SoulCollage® Retreats

PENNSYLVANIA

Sacred Visioning: The Art of Exploring the Mythic Self
Bangor, PA
May 1-4, 2014
Facilitators: Cat Caracelo MA and Catherine Anderson


Step into a transformative 'art & life' journey with Cat and Catherine! On Beltaine and May Day, a potent time of welcoming a new season of growth, gather with us for a powerful four-day journey where you will explore your deep mythic rivers, stories of your life and connecting to your mythic self; surrounded by the energies, symbols and sacred landscape of the Celtic traditions, we will journey with labyrinth, tarn, stones and circles. This is an all-inclusive retreat, with single or shared on-site accommodations and all meals. You will explore and create with individual and group process, experiential creative and instructional breakout sessions, exploration using SoulCollage®, mixed media, photography and more. Early Bird Pricing & Easy Pay Plan

Visit this page for registration information.


PORTUGAL

A SoulCollage® Retreat: Springtime in Portugal

Algarve, Portugal
May 22-28, 2014
Facilitators: Kat Kirby, Linda Woolfson


Join us in beautiful Portugal for a week of SoulCollage®! Enjoy Monte Rosa, a peaceful retreat center set on 10 acres of colorful gardens and natural beauty overlooking the Portuguese countryside in the Algarve. We will have the entire retreat center to ourselves for the week, and we'll be able to enjoy the beautiful swimming pool and sun terrace, as well as gardens and pathways. In addition to making SoulCollage® cards, doing readings, and learning new journaling techniques, we will enjoy delicious meals together, visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, and spend some time in a local pottery village absorbing a time-honored tradition of Portuguese culture.

Contact Kat Kirby or Linda Woolfson for more information:
Kat4clay@gmail.com
linda@collageyourlife.co.uk
 


WISCONSIN

Finding Your Inner Compass with SoulCollage® and Musical Soul Journeying

Willard, WI
July 25-27, 2014
Facilitators: Audrey Chowdhury


If you are feeling lost during these times of great transition... This is your chance to stop, reflect, and recover your inner wisdom. This retreat is designed to help you reconnect with your heart's desire. Come join us for a weekend in the Woods of Northern Wisconsin at the Beautiful Christine Center.

You will have the opportunity to:
  • journey through the realm of the soul through Integrative Breathwork, or musical soul journeying
  • create SoulCollage® cards
  • create mandalas (circle drawings using pastels)
  • share with like-minded spirits
  • consult with Audrey individually
  • walk in the beautiful wooded grounds
  • eat delicious, organic, nutritious meals
  • meditate in the exquisite chapel
Visit this page for registration information. 
 
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All articles in SOUL SONGS are copyrighted 2014,
by Anne Marie Bennett and
Cat Caracelo, Imelda Maguire,
Kat Kirby, or Catherine Anderson.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.