Creative Writing For The Mind, Body & Soul
I started therapy for depression in 2013. Soon after starting therapy, I began writing, which was part of my therapy itself. I learned to embrace writing and the power it gave me: I learned to write with honesty and love for my thoughts and emotions. This allowed me to become more open to using my new tools, and changing my way of thinking. I learned to prove my negative thoughts wrong using these tools, such as thought records and journal entries.
Over time, I learned to unleash the power of my mind by practicing mindfulness and writing out my experiences. I learned about guided meditation and started to create my own techniques. With help from my therapist, I created a safe place to go to in my mind when I felt a trigger in my life, which previously would have started a downward spiral in my mental state.
It was at this time that I wrote a book called “Why I Run: My story of how I won my life back from the darkness of depression”. In this book I wrote about how I changed my life by learning to apply all the tools I was being taught to use in therapy, in hopes of helping other people. It was important for me to let others know that the way they felt, I felt too, letting them know they weren’t alone and that if I could change, so could they.
“Why I Run” worked to say the least- in just one year, I sold over 2,000 books and helped many people with my message. I became a public speaker, doing talks all over Southern Ontario with the goal of breaking the stigma behind depression. Throughout this life change that I experienced, I had one thought on my mind at all the times: I wanted to make a difference in peoples’ lives, and do everything I could to prevent deaths related to depression and mental illness.
Creative Writing for the Mind, Body & Soul is a very unique writing course. It will teach you to do thought records and journal entries. You will learn how to practice mindfulness, guided mediation, and to create your own safe place. But the most exciting thing you will take away from this experience is the freedom to learn all of this in your own way, at your own pace; there will be no right or wrong answers. There will be only you, with your thoughts, fantasies, and emotions. You will unlock the power of your mind, and you will learn to love life and set yourself free- in mind, body and soul.