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Travel Wisdom

The wellness journey of 1,000 miles begins with four steps

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REFLECTIONTrue wellness is a reflection of the unfolding dance of life in which the energies of our body, mind, and spirit are in balance with each other. Once this occurs, the immense power of our own natural healing force (also called chi or prana) begins flowing freely to nurture and nourish our whole being. Wellness is our body’s true north, our inner compass that exists even behind the veils of aging and illness, always attempting to restore balance and maintain life to preserve and protect us. Thus, it’s always possible to experience meaningful breakthroughs to wellness. Just begin your journey with this reflection, and revisit this eternal truth throughout your travel.REJUVENATIONOur lifestyle choices help balance our energy via rejuvenation, thus helping us attain wellness—or else they tend to deplete our energy, which can leave us feeling stressed-out, tired, and disappointed. Therefore, it’s important to always keep your journey’s goal in mind—which should be feeling better, less stressed, and experiencing more of a sense of aliveness and vitality than at its beginning.The wellness goal is bes …

Edward Taub, MD, FAAP, is a pioneer of integrative medicine and the author of eight books, including The Wellness Solution and Balance Your Body, Balance Your Life. He is the wellness medical advisor for For more about wellness travel, go to

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