With the proliferation of AIDS in Africa, conflicts in Bosnia, Chechnya, Israel/Palestine, Afghanistan, 911 terrorism and the Iraq war, our society's health is in crisis. Individually, and as a culture, we are using up what is left of our "reserve" energy. The philosopher Julia Krestiva says that we need to heal our inner wounds to be able to participate in society.
Once a week he brought me to a lush green glen with a cedar pond and would ask me to help him take off the bandages wrapped around his foot. It was difficult for him to walk even after years of therapy in an Army hospital. He would soak his foot in the water; sit there in quiet meditation, and smile, seemingly transported from his distress and the memories it created.
Centuries ago, horses were discovered resting by springs burying their wounds in mud. Soon people congregated at this "source." Roman soldiers returned from the battleground and then soaked in the thermae and sweated in the caldarium, to detoxify, relax and renew from the rigors of travel and endless killing. Today people turn to both ancient and exciting new combinations of treatments at springs and spas.
Saint Julian of Norwich fell ill at the age of 30 in 1733. As she recovered, she had a vision, and became known for the following quote, "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well." Such sentiments reflect the state that such spas create for those partaking of their benefits and in doing so enhance the fundamental experience of life.
Health is not a destination; it is a process.
© Linda Troeller
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