Well-being Holidays have evolved.
Introducing the Transformation Holiday!
We know when we need a holiday. Our bodies give us a sense of feedback, which, coupled with the time of the year, makes us decide it’s time to depart! We assume that we are due for some sort of respite as we know that a “change of scene” will do us good. There is an excitement about a holiday because we know we are going to replace misery, drudgery and frustration (and more) with something that feels much better. We then resort to our standard checklist of “sun, escape, freedom, fun, relaxation, excitement, et al,” as our ingredients for feeling better. This feedback system is actually telling us much, much more, but we are rarely aware enough to know. Intuitively, we realise that, if we ignore the feedback indications, our well-being will suffer, while the inner discomfort sensation tries harder to get our attention. Behind it all we are longing to transform and what better way to start the process than by a transformation holiday, care of EcoLifeWalks in Lanzarote!
The Choice of Holiday
As we get older, our predilection for wild, exhausting holidays may curb. Coming back from a holiday feeling worse than when we went, is no longer sustainable. With pressures of job, family, finance and health hanging over us, our vacation, increasingly, needs to add rejuvenation and refreshment to freedom and fun. As a holiday operator, I’ve seen how health spas, creativity holidays and yoga holidays have become just as mainstream as villa holidays, walking holidays and the like, even though only 10 years ago, telling people that you’re going on a holistic holiday might still have raised an eyebrow here and there.
Yet, with these kinds of alternative holidays becoming universal, a new phenomenon is happening. Among these new holidaymakers, as well as among their hosts, there is a growing realisation that rather than use up their precious free days to just repairing the damage from their stress-filled existence through yoga and breath work and the like, they may just as well go one daring step further. Decide to commit to learning how to transform the way they live their lives. Essentially they give attention to the cause, not just the symptoms!
Ideally, to go that way, we would need a reference manual on how humans work and what makes them happier. No such manual exists!
The Missing Manual
Tech device user guides spell out precisely what the device is capable of, and what to do if it goes wrong. We people are hugely more complex and powerful, but at no stage in life are we given the Human User Manual. We receive plenty of ad-hoc advice about what we can and can’t do from all kinds of people and institutions, but they are often actually just as clueless as we are. However, we do have a built-in Inner Guidance Monitor, whether you call it intuition, awareness, gut feeling or whatever. And this guidance becomes evident when we learn to use our awareness.
The Secret of Awareness
The built-in guidance monitor is our awareness of our overall feeling disposition. It is an ever-accessible, accurate indicator of how well we are doing in life, compared to what our higher self, or soul connection, knows what it would like to achieve or become. We can only access this monitor by being able to feel our emotions. Thinking about it does not work! Life’s simple secret is easy to overlook or dismiss, but is absolutely well-worth checking out. The state of our emotional disposition, whether a vibration of depression, elation or all stations in between, is the Guidance Monitor of our progress towards having what we want. The better it feels, the closer we are getting to who we really are and from thereon, having an increased ability to make our life change into the way we want it in our hearts. (Yes, Really!)
When our awareness tells us that we do not feel too good, and we diagnose a holiday prescription, we are missing the bigger story. We become aware of the need to make changes in how we interpret and react to our lives. Certainly a holiday will make us feel better for a while, but the fundamental need to improve the on-going feeling system is not addressed. It is this increased feeling vibration that works the apparent miracle of our luck changing and discovering that goodies are coming our way.
So what better choice than a holiday that can facilitate this transformation?
An opportunity for powerful possibility
The word holiday derives from the Olde Englishe for Holy Day. We are not talking about religion here – this is all about practicality and what will serve us best. In former times, people realised the benefits of setting aside time to recuperate and adjust. Our psyches are expanding now and the societal pressures get more intense. So it is more vital than ever that we respond to our inner guidance, or illness and other undesirable outcomes will manifest.
Now, when we feel we need a holiday, it’s of great benefit to become aware of the bigger story being shown to us. This story is more than the realisation that it’s time to escape from the rat race to an idyllic spot. The greater message is from the higher part of ourselves, trying to give us feedback, through uncomfortable feelings, that we can organise our lives differently, in order to be more happy and/or fulfilled in our greater aspirations. Knowing the state of our feeling system means to be able to access the Inner Guidance Monitor of how close we are to our higher potential, and who we really are, at Soul level. That is to say, our capabilities are more than our CV, our jobs or our current self-esteem. The body has a fool-proof knowing system, and when we are aware of the feelings it is bringing to our attention, we have access to powerful insights that the mind does not have.
Using In-telligence to know if it is true!
When we start working towards who we really are, guided by our feelings, not only do we enjoy a more agreeable bodily real-estate system, but we literally start to bring about our heart-felt desires. This is a massive statement, already true for millions, but still hidden from hundreds of millions. Can it be true? Are we really in possession of the facts that make us conclude “This is not true”, or are we intelligent enough to realise there could be some truth in it? Einstein defined Intelligence as making the right decision when we don’t have all the facts available. While enjoying a relaxing and inspiring holiday, we can find out the essence of how this works, based on our own experience and conclusions. Checking out whether this is true for us, while enjoying a great holiday at the same time, is a wonderful opportunity for transforming our lives.
The lesson of Swamps and Alligators
This is not just a theory – it is the report of ten years of observing thousands of people who came to Holistic Holidays for a yoga holiday in Lanzarote. Pretty much all had a great time and went home rejuvenated. “What’s wrong with that?” I hear you say. There is nothing wrong with that, other than that our guests were usually recovering from what they had been doing to themselves. They were not addressing the fundamental issue. It was great for our business model that guests would return to repeat the cycle of buying a holistic holiday in order to reverse all the negativity they had reacquired, but in the end it wasn’t very satisfying, nor to them nor to us as hosts. They were shooting the alligators, but not draining the swamp!
They would go home and repeat the same practices, until once more their inner monitor system would start yelling “Enough!” Enough means, “this way of transacting life is not serving my greater happiness or aspirations. It means, there is a different way of transacting life, from a time-honoured perspective.” So the lesson learned from a decade of holidays in this sector is about what will make us ultimately happier, in our holiday choice? It’s a smart idea to use the transformation holiday to reassess everything, and find a way to ease the situations that repeat into our lives. In doing this, at a stroke, we can feel happier in life, have our luck improve, and not experience life a struggle any more, for starters!
Engaging Heart and Emotion
What we are not told by parents, schools and religious centres (usually) is that we have a connection to a much greater force, which we can use to bring about happiness and fulfilment. This force works inside us all the time. We don’t need to understand how it works, once we really know that it does. Do you ever hear anyone say, “No, I won’t use a smartphone because I don’t understand how it works”? They get that message from their own learning experience and feedback, from countless others, whose experiences become part of general information tapestry.
The ultimate secret is that clear awareness of our emotional system is a clue to how well we are doing in getting close to what we want, deep in our hearts. However, that’s not all. Have you ever heard it said “If you don’t like your life, take a good look; you created it!” We are all full-time manifestors of our life’s direction. As stated earlier, intelligence is being open to the possibility of something being true, even though our life database has no confirmation of it, as yet! You will only know this is true once you have proved to yourself that it works, and learned to repeat it.
Do what is says on the tin!
And it only works if you follow the instructions. To get results, you must engage the heart and emotions. Working only through thought, skipping your feelings, and then judging that “it did not work”, is not a valid assessment. Such a mis-diagnose will only serve to put you off trying for ever! It may not be an instant experience, but we certainly know when we start getting closer. With EcoLifeWalks and decades of experience, I am proposing a transformation of the holiday notion into the notion of a Transformation Holiday!
The Transformation Holiday
Here’s the deal! To make the most and the best of yourself, choose a holiday, such as EcoLifeWalks, that will help you get in touch with your Inner Guidance Monitor. It’s a win-win situation because, not only will you learn to feel better, but you will realise, as known by millions around the world, that our thoughts/ emotions / belief systems do have an impact on what comes into your life. You can prove it to yourself, even though the rational mind is programmed to doubt, having grown up in a system largely designed to keep secrets, like this, out of reach. It’s still about having a good time, rejuvenating and opening up to your own life preferences. You need at least a week, away from your regular life patterns, to allow yourself to see anew. The holiday will present background information to help you realise how mainstream this all is. There are convincing technical proofs and insights into how to take advantage of the inner guidance and to harness it to the process of being, doing or having whatever you want in your heart! You will either be in a one-to-one session with the facilitator, or part of a small group, depending on the attendance for that week.
So Why Lanzarote?
I, Stuart Forster have operated holistic holidays on Lanzarote for 12 years and am fully aware of its restorative and transformational energy, as a place that is largely unspoiled, connected to nature by sun, ocean waves and winds, 300 volcano craters, incredible beaches in 30 colours of sands, flowers in winter, clean air, clear skies with the heavens usually ablaze each night. The whole place is a series of biospheres, with stunning vistas and though very accessible, there are lots of secret places to escape to, as we use the beauty of the environment to help us raise our feeling system. It’s very easy to get to, from most major cities. It’s warm, if not hot, all the year round, with great eating, locally grown wine, plenty of accommodation choice, surprising attractions and some ace therapists!
What makes EcoLifeWalks different?
You take back a new and sustainable plan with Insights for your happiness and fulfilment and a realisation that practically anything you deeply desire is possible. You will be able to update your life responses and to see things in a new light. Not only will you take back rejuvenation, relaxation and inspiration, but a sense of excitement in removing restrictions that may have grown into your life. With commitment and awareness you will bring back scope for unlimited potential that will last longer than your tan! If you need help with ideas and promotion for a new business, that can be included too, on request!
And the Logistics?
You can come any date although the course starts on Friday (Most flights to Lanzarote arrive on a Thursday, so there is more choice) There is a choice of accommodation, Oceanside Spa or Country House retreat, or you can choose your own and add on the course and tours module. Within the schedule there are options for other therapies and activities such as learning to surf or cycling on a beautiful desert island.
Two for the Price of One