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Travel Therapy


Sometimes travel is a good way to heal.   When we are sick, we tend to lay around, me too.  

laying around sick

Sometimes laying around is an important thing in healing.  But sometimes moving is the best thing that you can do for yourself.  


Have you ever heard someone say it sounds like you need a vacation.  A little time off can be therapeutic.  


We live in a stress overload environment today.  I walked into my regular restaurant one day and it was unusually busy.   A waitress that I knew walked by.  She said, “Bill, take me away.”  


She was joking but only half joking.  There is something inside us that knows that we need to get away from the problems, just let them fade into the distance.  Then the stress burden opens us up to healing.  


I remember a young couple that were friends.  They were having problems with having children.  They had seemingly tried everything that the doctors had to offer in standard healing arts.  


The next option was something that they did not know whether it was right or not.  So they came to see the preacher with their concerns.  They were considering the possibility of in vitro fertilization,

in vitro fertilization

a test tube baby.  


I am not getting into the ethics issues here, that is not the subject.   They were hope but concerned.  So, they came in for pastoral counseling.  [Another issue was that doctor had just been caught using his own sperm.]


I had recently read an article about how many babies are conceived on vacation.  It seems that a vacation was a fertility time.  


Often infertility does not have a physical cause.  [The doctor had found no physical problem with this couple.]  The couple is trying so hard that they could not conceive.  This is a negative effect of the stress of trying.


As an aside, when I was growing up, before legal abortion and in vitro fertilization, there were many adoptions.  My mother pointed out to me a strange occurrence.  When an infertile couple finally decided to adopt, within a year they found that they were not infertile at all.  They dropped the stress of trying and bingo.   


This seems to be case in the Bible with Hanna the mother of Samuel.   In her case when she was allowed the opportunity to relax from trying and just go with the flow, no pun intended, the natural process of the body took over and Samuel born.  


I told the couple that came to me it was not time to worry about the ethics of in vitro fertilization.  Just do not think about it for awhile and let the idea percolate in their subconscious.  That way I said they could think about this more dispassionately later.  


Then I mentioned Hanna as an example.  And I suggested that they take a leisurely vacation and just enjoy the trip.  Just get the stress and worry out and I would have the ethics discussion if they wanted 3 months after the trip.  


I was suggesting to them travel therapy.  They took a fun cruise with a lot of distraction.  


When they went to the doctor to check her out they found that she had become pregnant during the time of the trip.


All the medical expenses before were not what they needed.  They just needed some travel therapy.   It is too simple to be true, but it is.  


Back in the day, my mother had cancer chemo and surgery.  She was not doing well.  She went to the wise family doctor for another problem.  The doctor called my dad to the side and side that mother would not make it through chemo if they did not take a trip and get away from things for a while.  


They took a several hundred mile road trip into the mountains.  Dad did not do the general rush, rush trip.  They took their time stopped where they wanted to and moved on to the mountain hotel retreat.

 mountain lodge

They ate what they wanted, walked in the woods, just enjoyed the trip as it unfolded to them.  


Mother came back stronger and able to make it through that which was yet.  But the doctor and family believe that she would not have made it if she had not had travel therapy.  No medicine could have done her as much good at that time.  


I read in National Geographic Travel about a man that was pronounced terminal by his doctors.  He got out his bucket list and said there was a place he wanted to see before he died.  He went and enjoyed the travel.  When he got back home and asked, “Where next?”  And he made arrangement to go to there.  At the time of the writing of the article he was not dead and feeling fine.  He had outlasted the grim diagnosis by years.


He travels regularly now.  Why? Because for him travel therapy works.


Take a trip.  It is a healthful thing to do.  


Travel therapy is too simple to be true, but it is.  

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