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Benefits of Spiritual Health Holidays

By: Carroll Rankin

Physical wellness
A light sojourn that combines travel to beautiful natural settings and intriguing locations may possess concrete overall health benefits. Research prove that vacations, particularly those with plenty of free time, can reduce hypertension, increase the immune system and even enhance memory.

Day-to-day demands of work and family can result in severe lack of sleep. Spiritual health holidays that include meditation, exercise in nature, comfortable lodgings and a leisurely itinerary are certain to enhance the quality and quantity of rest. A 15-minute siesta in the warmth of the day is a good way to refresh the tired mind!

Mental health
Spiritual health holidays are also beneficial from a mental wellness point of view. Resting the mind is as important as resting the body. Cerebral exhaustion is a known side effect of contemporary life that can lead to a mental breakdown.

Health and wellness holidays that combine solitude, serenity and exercise with travel to new, interesting destinations allows the mind to refresh and re-focus on the bigger picture of life.

Emotional well-being
Stress, difficulties at work and daily setbacks can have a negative impact on emotional well-being. Many folk find it tricky to deal with the way of the world and are simply swamped by negativity.

Spiritual travel to new environments allows one to reassess the objective of existence. By being separate from co-workers, family and even buddies, it is possible to pinpoint the real priorities. Thinking positively and getting the right balance can improve standard of living and psychological well-being.

Deeper reference to nature
Health and wellness vacations generally include travel to remote destinations in nature. It can be spectacular desert landscapes, secretive woodland hideaways or towering mountain peaks.

Nature walks, looking at the stars or simply meditating in stunning surroundings help remind people of these natural connection to the universe. The awareness of the interconnectedness of everything and everyone in the world offers both meaning and a sense of belonging.

Personal development
Travel is a mind-opener providing you with an excellent leap in personal growth. Experiencing different creeds, ethnicities, customs and rituals increases one’s perspective. Moving out of a comfort zone into the wide world supplies a stronger feeling of direction and purpose, as well as an awareness of well-being and achievement.

About the Author
About the author: Time out of Time operates spiritual health holidays to the Karoo Desert in South Africa, a destination known for its healing qualities. Visit Time out of Time online to browse tour photographs and to find out more about this valuable wellness holiday to the Karoo.

Learning to discover the inner self found in all of us if we look.

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How Much Is Your Health and Fitness Worth?

About four years ago….
The phone rings.
It’s my brother. My brother never calls.
My guts know in an instant that something is terribly wrong.
My mother had fallen a few days before and was due for surgery to repair her broken hip.

“Les (my family’s pet name for me), I’ve got bad news.”
It’s funny, or not so funny, how your body sometimes responds quicker than your mind.

My heart pounds in my ears. My lungs forget how to breathe. My stomach sickens.
The tears spring to my eyes and burn my cheeks. I desperately hold myself together with an unraveling thread–just long enough to confirm what I already sensed. And then he says that word; that word that mercilessly pierces the heart and spins the world, out-of-control, upside-down, inside-out–forever.


The deafening echo of that word–cancer, cancer, cancer–drowns out the described details. My mother and cancer conjoined in one sentence. How can that be?

My mother is gentle and quietly wise. She works harder than anyone I’ve known and does so with joy and gratitude in her heart. She never complains, never brags, never steps into the limelight. That’s not her place.

She contently cheers silently from the sidelines. She loves nature and animals, especially dogs–maybe even more than her six kids, we always tease her. She loves and accepts people for who they are. I’ve never heard her say an unkind word about a living soul. With the perfectly placed word or two, she defends the defenseless; and you listen.

She never judges, guilts, pushes, preaches, or pretends that she knows the right path for anyone else, even her own children. She gifted to me a rock-solid foundation and the freedom from which to grow and discover my own wings to fly.

My mother and cancer? It makes no sense. And then, somehow, my brother’s words surface. “Are you okay, Les?” “No.” And the thread snaps. I hang up the phone and collapse in a puddle on the kitchen floor.

Just yesterday…the day before Mother’s Day
The phone rings.
“Hi, Les!”
Ahhh, that familiar voice that instantly washes over me and through me; soothing me to my core.
“Hi, Mom! Hey, it’s Mother’s Day tomorrow, and I’m supposed to call you!”
“Les, you’re a mother, too, and just as important as I am. So I decided to surprise you this year and call you first.” Fitting words for a fitting mother.
The tears flow once again but this time tears of joy and gratitude.

My mother is still here to hold me and comfort me; and let me know that everything is okay and is exactly as it is supposed to be. My mother is still here to love me just because I am me.

The next time, my dear friend, you wonder whether it’s worth the effort to take care of yourself with wise food, health, and fitness choices, think about and feel your mother, your children, your spouse, and your friends.

And then ask yourself two questions.
“How much am I worth to those who love me?”
“How much am I worth to myself?”


You, my friend, are worth your effort.

Dr. Leslie Van Romer is a health motivational speaker, writer, and lifestyle coach.
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