A Pure Means: Arizona Resort Promotes Therapeutic in Nature – Way of life – Aurora Advertiser – Aurora, MO
Our whole country is plagued by the horror of 2020 and asks for healing in this new year. As if illness, loss and isolation, coupled with overeating and drinking, were not enough, helicopter parents, zoom fatigue and political high jinks pile up – the battle was real and seemingly endless.
The cure? Connect with nature. At Mii amo, a spa in the Sedona Highlands, Arizona (400 m), I welcomed the good vibes, intuitive energy practices, and healthy eating to speed my path to wellbeing. The Navajo translation of “mii amo” is “one’s path or journey”.
The healing at Mii amo begins in the crystal grotto, a circular room that you enter barefoot to sink your feet into the red earth. A tree trunk in the middle of the room – crowned by a quartz obelisk – centers this room, in which a roof opening reveals the sky and a multitude of stars above it.
Spa guests are asked to select a tiny suede bag with a piece of parchment and a pencil on which to record their individual intentions. I thought about it and decided that my hope was to find strength in the beautiful Boynton Canyon to deal with personal problems that I had buried deep within me.
Aesthetically, Mii amo gains a blue ribbon simply because of its location, a sacred space in the vortex of the iron ore formations of Boynton Canyon. Every morning I hiked uphill to greet a female rock formation called Kachina and soak up the canyon’s energy. The ideal place for meditation is the vortex between Kachina and its male counterpart made of red rock. I was convinced of the strength of the energy there when I tried to take a photo with my iPhone and the screen mysteriously went dark. Perhaps the magnetic frequency was causing the error, but I took it as a message from Kachina: time to put the phone down and unplug it.
Mii amo focuses on a variety of holistic approaches to wellbeing and I hoped to clear my own stress-related negative energy during my three day stay. However, the energizing made me hungry on my first morning, so I ordered room service from the spa’s extremely healthy menu selections, safe and snuggled in a robe and warmed by the flames in my adobe fireplace.
How healthy is ultra-healthy? Think wheatgrass and maca root (Tibetan ginseng) shakes along with a blueberry breakfast porridge made from oats, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, nuts, hemp hearts and almond milk. Another morning I treated myself to a thick slice of French toast with lemonberries.
Lunch was a delicious butternut soup that smelled and tasted like pumpkin pie. Dinner consisted of a collard greens salad with prawn cocktail, followed by a plate of spicy shwarma lamb meatballs. One evening I rebelled against such healthy options and had dinner at Che Ah Chi (“beautiful red rocks”), the restaurant at the nearby Enchantment Resort where the view is the focus. There I spoiled myself with a plate of spherical pumpkin dumplings, Angus beef fillet with local spices and a chocolate roulade dessert, paired with a glass of Madeira. Take this, Collard Greens!
Of all the insightful energy sessions I have attended during my stay at Mii amo, the most intense was “energy intelligence,” a session in which I played a role in the coping battle between my inner child and my current adult. My healing needs became clear to me and I allowed the Canyon to speak to me for solutions.
Later one of Mii amo’s employees, an Apache, went for a walk with me and pointed out the abundance of flora and fauna in the gorge. At one point a strange looking bird strutted in front of us and I was told that I was “blessed by a street runner”.
During my three day visit to Mii amo, I focused on posting preconceived ideas that might prevent me from accepting and trusting these guided steps on my path to wellbeing, dear reader, it worked.
Surrender to the Sedona siren song and let go of the stressors of 2020. Personally, I plan to replace my stress energy with meaning and renewal, thanks to the energy of this ancient and amazing canyon.
Charlene Peters is a travel writer and author of “Travel Makes Me Hungry: Stories of Taste and Indigenous Recipes to Share”. Email to [email protected]