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 took in the view of the valley but today we let go on a swing and a prayer!
With over 150 programs and activities at Miraval to choose from, I was able to design a vacation that was tailored to Me. And how smart that a Miraval staff member reaches out to you in advance of your trip via email to plan out your program and spa itinerary? That way you are able to enjoy the trip from the moment you get to the resort (or more like from the moment you step onto their complimentary airport transfer).
They really want you to Live and experience the present moment. To feed the “i”. Who knew I was this hungry?! So many amazing things to do and so little time (Note to Self: Begin to plan your next trip back here!).
With an activity description of ‘Just Let Go’, clearly Swing and Prayer had to be one of the first things I signed up for on Project Detox . And I am glad that I did.
People sign up for many reasons beyond adventure seeking from wanting to overcome fear of heights, to learning to ‘let go’ or trust. Some go just to have fun and are shocked by the meaningful takeaway.
Early morning, we hiked out into the desert grounds with sunscreen and an open mind. We got to the area that had a 35 foot pole, a pulley system, a ladder, four harnesses & helmets. There were also wood chairs set up in a circle where we all sat and--guided by the instructor--ran through our instructions, expectations, intentions & reminders to practice being mindful during this exercise!
We all had a task whether it was to bring the ladder, grab the rope, pull and cheer on while each of us went up, one at a time, for the 35 foot drop & swing.
I am third.
There is lots of movement, hustling, communicating, listening, & excitement on the way up. Then a quiet peaceful ‘pause’ at the top much like the pause in between a deep inhale and exhale.
The stunning view of the Sanoran Desert surrounded by the Catalina Mountains. The smiling and inspiring faces of your team below. The anticipation.
The drop. The feeling of pure release and letting go.
Swinging through the air like a bird I can actually hear the wind flapping in my ears. I am a kid again thinking of nothing but the wonderfully fun present moment.
I am the now.
Keren Weinstein is a seasoned professional in Fashion & Beauty with over 12 years in Integrated Marketing, Advertising and Celebrity Fashion Styling