‘W’ is for ‘We Are the World Blogfest’…and ‘Lessons Learned at the Wellness Spa!’
Today, I have combined my ‘A to Z Challenge’ post with my ‘We Are the World Blogfest’ post. At the time of going live, It was Thursday, April 26 on Vancouver Island. But, it was already 3 am on the last Friday of the month, on Christmas Island. Thus, I’ve met the ‘publication guidelines’ for both link-ups!
Our local island newspaper is my exclusive ‘go to’ source of good news for my #WATWB series. Combining ‘island pride’ with community stories that make you ‘feel-good –right-down-to-your-toes’ just seem to go together.
Last month, an ‘unconventional’ good news story caught my attention. Immediately, I knew that this article, “After 15 years, Grotto Spa Has It All Figured Out” (PQB News, March 11, 2018), deserved a place in this Blogfest.
I have been to The Grotto Spa previously, and quickly began to devour the article. Within seconds, I became swept away into a dreamlike trance. It wasn’t just the fact that this resort has been named #1 Spa in Canada as well as #1 Ocean Spa Experience in North America (insert more Island pride here). Nor was it the fact that in this world of tranquil relaxation, no personal mobile phones/tablets/laptops or loud voices are permitted (ditto for clothes and shoes…everyone is dressed in comfy robes and slippers). It wasn’t even the decadent tales of the Grotto Mineral Pool or its endless supply of drinks and Tree Top Tapas that filled me with tranquil bliss.
What immediately lulled me into a chilled out state was the language used. Phrases like “Crystal Spa Escape,” “Relaxation Lounge,” and “Infused Water with Strawberry or Lemon” completely mesmerized me. Reading that patrons are “ensconced in warm blankets” after bathing in “thermal minerals extracted from the legendary Sarvar Springs in Hungary” further enhanced the seduction. By the time the article ended with “Glacial Revitalizing Mist” and “Eminence Organic Cinnamon Kiss Lip Plumper” my mind and body were total mush.
Will a visit to the spa contribute to world peace? Perhaps not. But if we each committed to self-care, and took the time to find simple ways to soothe our souls, wouldn’t that better prepare us to combat darkness and negativity? And the good news is, our self-care needn’t be as decadent as attending a spa. Meditation, a warm bath, a good book, a walk in nature or a temporary digital sabbatical might also help calm the mind. The list is endless. (Even just reading the spa article totally relaxed my body and spirit!) We each need to decide what is right for us individually, then make the time and commitment to practice forgiveness and compassion, beginning with ourselves. If we have never experienced our own kindness, how can we share this with others?
The PQB News article used for this post is currently unavailable online. This write-up has not been sponsored by Grotto Spa in any way. The spa’s 34-second video may help you better visualize their tranquil, self-care atmosphere.