Take a Meditation Vacation

Meditation entered American consciousness more than 30 years ago when the Beatles made their Indian transcendental meditation guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a household name. Today, boomers are pooling their travel and health dollars to take "meditation vacations" instead of traditional destination vacations.

"Surveys show that baby boomers feel a sense of entitlement about enjoying peak physical and mental health. They're visiting spas, hotels and resorts that offer meditation programs to learn how to manage stress, feel younger and look better," according to Thomas J. Wallace, executive editor of Conde Nast Traveler.

"A meditative vacation can help you experience yourself in the moment so that you discover your source of strength," said Joseph DeNucci, general manager of Miraval Life in Balance, an Arizona resort that specializes in mindful vacation retreats.

One reason why meditation vacations are growing in popularity is that "Health has been redefined by boomers in the last few decades to include mind/body wellness," said DeNucci.

Gloria Ohland, a working mother from Los Angeles agrees. "I went on a meditative retreat where I observed vows of silence for a few days," said Ohland "I meditated and walked around the grounds of the monastery where I was staying and became reacquainted with myself and with nature."

"The experience made me feel more energized than any other vacation I've taken," said Ohland, "and it was only for three days. I wish I could do this once a month."

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