What I Learned About Wellness Winter Camping

Date: February 22, 2012 - 10:19am
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One of the great things about my job, is that I have the opportunity to do really adventurous things like winter camping.  Jake Smith is a seasoned veteran of this crazy idea, but this is the first time I have ever experienced camping in the winter.  It IS crazy, and absolutely thrilling to be in such extreme elements, and not only survive but also to have such a fun time.

I don't know if there is a quieter place in the United States than the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.  It is a protected wildnerness, so no motors are allowed.  No snowmobiles, no gas ice augers, no trucks and it even is a no fly zone so no airplanes.  Silence.  It's amazing what silence brings out in us.  On the hike in, the silence revealed the many voices that are running through my head.  If someone would say something, a word would trigger a song that I had heard in the past week and then the song would get stuck in my head for a half hour.  It almost took a full two days for myself to be detoxed from all the media voices, but slowly without realizing it I came to hear a truer voice.  Questions started bubbling up like, "What do I truly put my faith in?" and "Why do I so often  doubt my strength?"

Part of wellness is self-evaluation.  Coming to a point where you are completely honest with yourself.  What areas in my life am I strong in, and what areas am I weak?  How much time do I truly have, and what do I actually eat, watch, do?  Sometimes it takes an extreme like the complete silence of the Boundary Waters to get to the core of where I am, but other times it might take just a long walk down by the Mississippi river, or a set aside time of journaling to really get a grip of my true self.

It is in this place that wellness can begin.  It is when we are truly honest with where we are in life, that we can start to set realistic goals of what we want to accomplish. 

I pray that you find time in your life for silence that will expose your true self, physically, emotionally and spiritually so you can start to set healthy life giving goals.  Blessings on the journey...