This Week at OHI


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OHI offers a holistic healing program based on ancient spiritual disciplines that promotes healing of your body, mind, and spirit through all-natural, non-medical practices.

OHI's 5Ps in Community

Affirming Your Life

“The more people share their own experiences feeling God’s grace, the more everyone starts to feel more secure in themselves, and truly embrace the opportunity for holistic healing.” --Pam Nees

Affirmation: Today in meditation, I will express the deepest gratitude for how my spiritual community strengthens my will, and provides unwavering support.

OHI’s 5Ps in Community

Being in a like-minded, God-centered spiritual community like that at OHI is scientifically proven to help reduce stress and boost self-confidence. On a daily basis, we also see how the community supports members in following OHI’s 5 Ps for Optimum Health.

1. Purpose: to achieve a natural balance and reconnection to the Divine.

It’s not just the facilitators, missionaries and staff at OHI who are eager to assist. Guests consistently jump in at every opportunity to be of service to others. Whether it’s helping a first-timer master cutting and juicing wheatgrass, including strangers in a lunch conversation or suggesting inspirational books in the Optimum Health Store, members of the OHI community are happy to be of service. That generosity of spirit creates a compassionate atmosphere of purposeful intent.

2. Positive mental attitude that supports the healing process.

While detailed stories about enemas and implants are not usually popular topics of conversation, within the OHI community guests have even written and performed hysterically funny songs about them for the OHI Talent Show! Sharing a laugh is a frequent -- and very healing -- occurrence that helps people stay connected, and positive.

3. Persistence in following the holistic disciplines of the OHI holistic healing program.

Particularly for guests transitioning from a ‘burgers, beer and Netflix’ lifestyle, sticking with the 21-day program can be a challenge. Knowing that everyone else is being asked to make the same dramatic changes makes it easier to stay on track. The encouragement and support of others also helps.

4. Patience with your body and yourself as you allow your body, mind, and spirit to heal.

The Friday Morning Testimonials are rich with shared stories of sometimes miraculous changes in body, mind, emotions and spirit. Everyone present knows the transformations didn’t just happen -- they took real patience and perseverance, and the non-judgmental, unconditional support of the entire community.

5. Prayer to a higher source who will share the load with you.

The power of “two or more” gathered in prayer is lauded in the Bible. Sharing joyful time in sacred gratitude before meals, in group meditations and throughout one’s stay at OHI adds another dimension of grace and love to every prayer.

Draw on the strength of the vibrant OHI community to assist you in applying the 5Ps to your daily life. Come back for an extended stay this summer, and feel the love. Call us at (800) 224-2620 to book your reservation. Ask about our current summer promotional discounts.

OHI Austin: "A far more luxe & stylish setting than you'd ever expect!"

You owe it to yourself to try OHI Austin

Welcome, or welcome back, to Optimum Health Institute (OHI) Austin, a place of beauty and healing nestled in the spectacular Texas countryside. Whether you’ve never visited, or it’s been a while, come experience the difference of newly renovated rooms that are environmentally friendly, private, and extremely comfortable. Find yourself lost in thoughtful contemplation on our wooded trail, in peaceful repose in our meditation gardens, or floating in the luxurious pool and spa that overlook a kaleidoscope of flower gardens. Savor the new menu of live, raw, organic vegan dishes that rival the best vegetarian restaurants – now a palate-pleasing different recipe for every lunch and dinner of OHI’s entire three-week program.

While the lush environment and the delicious meals are exceptional, it’s the caring team at OHI Austin that creates the heart of the experience.

In this supportive ‘safe space’ of encouragement and respect, our compassionate facilitators and missionaries are there every step of the way on your journey to optimum health. Each class they teach includes a minute of Alpha meditation to help you relax and tune in. They’ll guide you as you work to detoxify the body, quiet and mind and rejuvenate the spirit. They’ll also share the most effective ways to take OHI’s healthy lifestyle program back home with you.

Need to talk about some emotions that bubbled to the surface during a vocal toning session or meditation? Our spiritual counselors are there for you. Want to get some of those amazing recipes to make for your family and friends? We’ll take care of it. Need someone to walk with, or a reassuring hug? We’ve got that covered for you, too.

Our service providers are available all week, and now Saturday, too, to melt away any stress with massage, reflexology and chiropractic care. Speed up your body’s detoxification process with gentle colon hydrotherapy.

Cowboy boots aren’t required for a visit to OHI Austin – just a sincere desire to nourish and balance your body, mind and spirit. Find out what real southern hospitality is as our caring team helps you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

Affirming Summer Happiness


“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

— John Lubbock

Affirmation: Today, I will let my summer happiness brighten the days of people around me

How To Do Nothing on Vacation

Ahhh, summer. When you were a kid, summer fun seemed to turn up in the most unexpected ways. Lying in a hammock, giggling as a ladybug tickled your arm. Practicing cartwheels until you were dizzy. Catching fireflies in a jar. Listening to cicadas sing you to sleep.

Now you’re all grown up, and a single empty day rarely stretches before you, let alone a week with no work and no plans. So what would be the value to taking a Do Nothing Vacation? It’s a chance to be thoroughly present in the moment. To reflect on what gives meaning and purpose to your life. An opportunity to find joy in the little things.

A Do Nothing Vacation starts with 3 easy steps:
  1. Banish the To Do list.
  2. Turn off your cell, and power down your computer.
  3. Let your mind wander. What would you like to do today?

Gather seashells — open your eyes to what’s right in front of you.

Take a walk, and stop to pet each dog that passes you. Dance to the very first song that plays on the radio. Stroll through a farmer’s market, and smell everything from flowers to melons. God is in the details.

Go fly a kite — do something that you haven’t done since you were a kid.

Skip stones on a pond. Walk to a playground, and see how high you can swing. Bounce a ball against the wall. There is joy in simplicity.

See a penny, pick it up — embrace good fortune when it finds you.

Strike up a conversation with someone on a park bench. Stop and listen to the school marching band practicing. Enjoy the beauty of a rainbow after a summer storm. Serendipity is a blessing.

A Do Nothing vacation may seem like a luxury, but it is a luxury we need to afford ourselves every now and then. It’s a chance to stop, breathe, and appreciate the journey we are on, how far we have come, and all the positives we have to look forward to.

For many who have experienced the 21-day healthy lifestyle program at Optimum Health Institute, summer is the perfect time to share your happiness with others just as you share the milestones on your journey to optimum physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

The joyful act of sharing happiness gets the spiritual green light from God. Proverbs 17:22 tells us “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” So open your cheerful heart, and share that “good medicine” with others. Let your summer happiness brighten the days of people around you all year long. There are blessings in every seasons of the year, of course. But it’s interesting to remember that even the progression of seasons is a gift from God. That’s something God wanted Moses to remember after the devastation of the flood in Genesis 8:22, “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” As you enjoy the bounty of fruits and grains this season, remember this key promise from God.

This summer, take a moment to honor your own progress on your spiritual path. Life is a journey, not a destination. Be grateful that you have been given the gift of carefree summer days to reflect upon your life, your choices, and your future. Know that no matter what fork in the road you choose to take, you have the support and love of a God-centered community lining that road, and cheering you on to find the lesson in every choice.

A Spiritual Summer Road Trip

Affirming Summer Happiness

“Give thanks for the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July, and the song of crickets on summer humid nights, and the rivers that run, and the stars that rise, and the rain that falls, and all the good things that a good God gives.”

— Ann Voskamp

Affirmation: I am so grateful to breathe in this season. I am soothed by the sound of cicadas. I attract new and exciting adventures every time I feel the warmth of the sun.

Road trips are one of the true hallmarks of summer. It’s a chance to pack up the car, pull out the atlas, and see what small town America has to offer. From the world’s largest ball of twine to a 1,700lb chocolate moose, the random road trip pit stops are silly fun, but are they renewing your spirit? Never fear, you don’t need to go on a retreat to discover an awareness of the world and energy around you. It’s easy to turn any car ride into a spiritual road trip with these three techniques that will help you calm your mind, find inner peace, and learn more about yourself.

1. Bullet Journaling Stop

Follow tiny hand-made signs along the side of the highway. Is the universe trying to tell you something? Or is the sign for “Fresh Corn” nothing more than that? You’ll never know until you get off the beaten path, and follow the arrow. Sometimes you have a revelation, and sometimes you end up with a cooler full of fresh veggies. Either way, it’s worth the detour, and bullet journaling keeps you in the moment without taking too much time.

2. Guided Meditation Stop

Most people spend a road trip driving during the day, but there is a soothing peacefulness to driving at night. Use the Star Chart app to identify the stars and planets you see in the sky, and have a talk with God while you’re at it. He’s a good listener. At the next driving break, take a few minutes for a guided meditation. The healing properties will calm any lingering anxiety or stress that is clouding your spiritual journey.

3. Soul Stroll Stop

Stop the car, and straddle a state line. Now walk that line, and listen to some music with empowering mantras. What thoughts come to you as the music ends? Are you pondering the differences on each side of that line? Or have the positive mantras helped you realize that there is no divide too large that can’t be bridged with love?

Happy in Community!

Affirming Your Life

“Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.”

-- John Harrigan

Affirmation: Today in meditation, I will focus with gratitude on how my spiritual community supports and inspires me, and brings me joy.

When people say they’re happy to come to OHI, there’s solid science behind that statement.

Back in 1998, Martin Seligman, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, was elected president of the American Psychological Association. It was up to him to determine what the focus of study would be for the organization that year. Dr. Seligman knew that psychologists had spent decades researching exactly what made people fearful, angry and depressed. Wouldn’t It be enlightening, he thought, to study what made people happy?

So that year, America’s psychologists collected thousands of pieces of data pinpointing exactly what made people feel good. Dr. Seligman’s team sifted through reams of research and were quite surprised at what the detailed study revealed.

A person’s sense of contentment wasn’t inextricably tied in to their wealth, or their level of education. It wasn’t how attractive they were, or how young, or where they lived. Instead, the level of one’s happiness was revealed to be consistently determined by three key factors: their belief in some kind of benevolent higher power; being a valued part of a community, and having a sense of purpose in their life.

Dr. Seligman’s pioneering research has given rise to a brand new social science, Positive Psychology, devoted to researching and teaching the tools to help people, communities and societies in their pursuit of happiness. He offers free assessments to help you learn about your values, strengths and general level of optimism at https://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/.

Further evidence of how being in community helps make us happy is in the work of UCLA Professor Matthew Lieberman. In his book, Social: Why Our Brains are Wired to Connect , Dr. Lieberman asserts that our very physiology mandates we seek out our ‘tribe.’ We have evolved to the point, says Dr. Lieberman, where, “…becoming more socially connected is essential to our survival. In a sense, evolution has made bets at each step that the best way to make us more successful is to make us more social.”

The late neuroimmunologist, author and holistic speaker Dr. Candace Pert, whose work is carried in the Optimum Health Store, also taught about the essential nature of being in like-minded community to be healthy and happy. Strong social networks not only make us feel good -- they actually reduce the risk of depression, lower the risk of heart disease, and increase longevity.

As growing scientific research suggests, the OHI community is a powerful tool for helping guests achieve and maintain not only optimum health, but optimum happiness. In alignment with Positive Psychology’s three essential requirements for being happy -- Faith, friends and purpose -- the God-centered focus at OHI empowers people with rituals and practices to nurture a belief in a loving, divine source.

Friendships form quickly in the non-judgmental, supportive environment, where compassion for each other lifts the entire community. And for the “doing something purposeful” element of achieving happiness -- everything is geared towards supporting guests in achieving their goals, which usually include being of greater service to their family and friends.

Come back to OHI for an extended 3-week stay -- and feel your happiness level soar! Reconnect with your spiritual community for an extended stay to link up with old friends, and make some wonderful new ones. Call us at (800) 224-2620 to book your reservation. Be sure to ask about our current promotional discounts.

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