In an ongoing series, Keren Weinstein, our Guest Life-Balance Editor, took a much needed trip. More than the need to go on vacation to a new locale, she wanted to find her own sense of balance and thus Project Detox began. Last week, we saw through the world through a new lens in order to understand where we are through a different set of eyes! Today, Keren embraces the art and necessity of slumber for full restoration.
When was the last time you’ve slept?
Care free. Like a baby.
That deep sleep you can taste. Leaving you satiated.
If you are anything like me, the answer to that may be … Not since you’ve had your baby!!! (even if that ‘baby’ is your business venture or new career move).
Especially in today’s globalized, saturated & media infested culture where reading a book in bed looks more like; T.V. on one channel (DRVing another). Clutching phone pending reply text. Laptop open with your ebay auction. Tweet Tweet ‘in bed relaxing with great book!”
Simply put. Most of us do not get a good night’s sleep.
Although I am all about our high-speed-techy lifestyle and have already been anointed ‘queen of multitasking’, I am a firm believer that in order to be healthy, productive and survive as mankind, we must now—even more so than ever—infuse balance into our daily lives. Clear the screen in our minds. Slow down. Breathe.
On this trip I learned a lesson I could have learned long ago by simply watching my baby sleep.
Babies are known to be very mindful. Intuitive. Live in the current moment. Focus on what is directly in front of them. Tune everything else out. Bed time prep includes a warm bath, milk, lullaby, book (and it’s all about That book!).
Miraval knew this.
They were determined to share.
Their rule of pre-booking appointments and programs in advance of your trip is not only so that you can focus on Mindfulness but they also tailor the trip to be a unique experience to your needs. Upon hearing that I was a full time working mother, the booking specialist that consulted with me, immediately pre-booked me for a nightly massage recommending the lavender infused Sweet Slumber & suggested I take the Evening Meditation class in the evenings. Since your all inclusive stay includes a spa (or golf) credit of $125 per night of stay, you are forced to get pampered and relax. There are no excuses.
I listened and was tuned in. I SPAed in the evening before my evening meditation or yoga class. I was grateful.
It was now time to turn in.
This was when I discovered the scent that has me staging moments back home.
The in-room toiletries are that the intoxicating cactus cream scent! . Miraval’s signature Cactus Cream bath collection captures the indigenous essence of Tucson in the form of a body cream, shower gel, facial cleanser, and other products. By this phase in my journey, the desert scent has come full circle and means much more to me …besides the fact that the aroma is simply divine. I bought so many of them the following morning at the boutique and was grateful to learn they have an online store.
Clearly I was not the first to want to take this experience home.
As I sat on what seemed like the most comfortable bed ever, I noticed sitting next to me was a little note card & pen from the Miraval staff. It was titled ‘Gently Slumber’ with space to fill in my reflections of the day and bearing the quote… A man’s dreams are the index to his greatness – Zadok Rabiwitz.
As a list girl, I always have a pen and notepad by my side to capture a bright idea or a ‘to do’ reminder. To Brain dump. But since I was on the journey into myself, it was interesting to use it for the purpose of exploring...Me.
One of the most important parts of my yoga practice is Shavasana (Corpse Pose). It looks simple but it is actually one of the hardest poses to do as it requires you to relax your mind and body. To let all the energy you created from your hard work to seep into every part of your being. To reflect. To heal. To Inspire.
Sitting on that cloud-like bed, relaxed and engulfed in aromatherapy, I took a few moments to reflect and allow all the positive energy, massages, scents, experiences, & revelations of my day to relax and heal me.
Hush little baby.
Keren Weinstein is a seasoned professional in Fashion & Beauty with over 12 years in Integrated Marketing, Advertising and Celebrity Fashion Styling