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Beating the Holidays Blues

It can be the best of times; it can be the worst of times. For most of us, the holidays are infused with high expectations, and gathering with family and friends can be both exciting and daunting. The secret to beating the holidays blues is planning ahead, and making the smart choices you know are most in alignment with keeping a healthy balance in body, mind, emotions and spirit.

An instant and effective way to get, and stay, in balance is remembering the healing clarity of conscious breathing. A deep, slow, mindful inhale, holding the breath, and thoroughly releasing it gently quiets the mind and lifts the spirits. Here are some other practical tips for getting, and staying, in the holiday spirit:

Drink your water!! A demanding schedule this time of year could keep you dashing from one obligation to another, and you might forget to stay hydrated. Muscle craps, foggy thinking, heart palpitations and fatigue are symptoms of dehydration that will definitely make you less than merry. Enjoying glasses of pure water throughout the day will help keep you going – and smiling.

Move it! Plan on doing a mix of both indoor and outdoor activities, solo and with family and friends, to reduce stress, pump up your energy, and get those feel-good chemicals circulating throughout your body. Whether you’re traveling or staying at home, find out about hiking trails in the area. Pump up the music and dance, and invite others to join you. Visit a gym. Initiate a game of touch football or tag with the kids. Walk the dog. Take a brisk stroll through the mall. No matter what the weather is, you can find lots of different ways to “get physical,” both indoors and outside.

Mother Nature has your back to help you beat the holiday blues. The fruits and vegetables in season during the late fall and early winter months are nutritional powerhouses, packed with the vitamins and nutrients you need to stay healthy and happy.

Oranges and other citrus fruits, of course, deliver high doses of vitamin C – the go-to vitamin for boosting the immune system and staving off colds and flu. It’s also touted for its anti-aging properties by helping prevent cardiovascular and eye diseases, and even skin wrinkling.

Don’t forget the other in-season vegetables – just half a cup of green bell pepper has a full day’s worth of vitamin C, and pumpkin, squash, and cabbage are also secret weapons for optimum health around the holidays. Since they’re in season, they will be higher in nutrients and taste fresher, too to boost both health and your spirits.

Every day will be merry and bright during an extended stay at Optimum Health Institute missions in San Diego or Austin right now to start the New Year off right. Save 10% on your consecutive 3-week stay in any best-available, single or double-occupancy room, or 5% off your entire 2-week stay. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

Countdown to Transformation

The beginning of a new year promises a fresh start and a clean slate. Most of us are eager to list all the positive new goals we have for our body, mind, and spirit in 2018. But statistics don’t lie. While the second week of January is the busiest time for new gym membership sign-ups, just four short weeks later, a very high percentage of those overly-optimistic members have already dropped out.

We didn’t instantly develop unhealthy habits, and we’re not going to instantly un-learn years or decades of less than optimum choices. Instead of falling into the trap of “all or nothing” New Year’s resolutions hoping for quick change, take the opportunity to start the groundwork that can make this the year you actually manifest positive change.

First, say psychologists, be more mindful. Dr. Bruce Lipton says up to 95% of the time your brain can be on ‘autopilot,’ just repeating habitual behaviors. When you make time daily to pray, meditate and journal, you are literally rewiring your brain. Just a few weeks of being more aware empowers you to change for the better.

The next step is doing some soul searching to find out why you adopted those non-beneficial behaviors in the first place. What need were you trying to meet, or what wound were you trying to heal, with junk food or parking yourself in front of a TV for hours every day? Only when you honestly confront your core emotions can you begin to understand and redirect them.

Journal. Write about your goals, and why you want to achieve them. Write about anything and everything standing in your way. Write down your promises to yourself, and frequently re-read everything you wrote.

Find a buddy to share the journey with you. Being able to talk about your dreams, your challenges and your opportunities with a supportive friend is essential for sticking with the program.

Fortunately, the ideal sacred space for all of this, and more, is ready and waiting for you. At Optimum Health Institute missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas, a two or three week extended stay this month delivers the unconditional support and all the resources you require to prepare to deliver on your New Year goals.

Sign up for an extended stay now to achieve a deeper level of detoxifying the body with live, raw, organic plant-based meal; enriching the mind with a full roster of classes, and celebrating the spirit with like-minded people, prayer and meditation. Confide in your missionary buddy and get the validation and encouragement you so need. Renew your commitment to walking your spiritual path with purpose, joy and optimum health. Delve deep in December to be ready for true, lasting transformation in the New Year.

Give yourself the gift of two or three weeks at OHI to start the detoxification process and shift into positive new habits before ringing in the New Year. Save 10% on your consecutive 3-week stay in any best-available, single or double-occupancy room, or 5% off your entire 2-week stay. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

Spiritual Sound

You’re walking through a mall, mentally checking off your busy holiday “to-do” list, when the exuberant notes of the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from Handel’s Messiah suddenly fill the air. Immediately, your mood shifts from mildly frantic to downright joyful. Tingles run up your spine, and you find yourself grinning from ear to ear.

What just happened? Literally, the music moved you.

Music has the power to generate a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual response. The science of ‘coupled oscillators’ shows how when one thing vibrates, it causes other material with a fundamental resonance in the same octave to also vibrate. For instance, when you hit a wine glass with your fingernail, and then sing the same note you just generated, the wine class will start to vibrate in resonance with your vocal chords.

The same way that sound influences external objects, it can also generate dramatic shifts in the physical body. The late neuroimmunologist Dr. Candace Pert proved through her research that chakras or energy centers exist, and each has a specific resonance. The heart energy center, for instance, resonates to the keynote of F, and the vocalization of “Ah.” Songs in the key of F, like ‘Deck the Halls’ and ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem,’ automatically open up your heart and lift your spirits.

For the fifth energy center, the keynote is G. So many Christmas carols, from ‘Angels We Have Heard on High’ to ‘Away in a Manger’ to ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ resonate to this center for communication and how we use our will. Resonating to our crown, the energy center that connects us into God Consciousness is the keynote B, and carols like ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.’

While the sounds of the season have a measurable, positive and immediate impact on our feeling of spiritual connection, music’s power to heal and balance continues year-round. In the Toning class at Optimum Health Institute San Diego and Austin, Texas, students go into a deep state of relaxation to listen to a CD with music composed specifically to connect with the seven main energy centers. Students tone the keynote designated for each energy center in tune with the music.

As “Sing the Body” composer Dorian Carter explains, “We are aware that biochemical research has proven certain foods release important brave wave chemicals. It is also true that sound can release similar brain wave chemicals, providing us similar nutrition. With our voices we can affect everything from the functioning of our internal organs to our relationships to others.” Carter’s CD that’s used in the class is available at the Optimum Health Store.

This holiday season, experience all the right notes at the OHI missions in San Diego or Austin, Texas. Achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health with an extended stay. Visit us online at www.optimumhealth.org, or call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation. Ask about special December savings.

Spiritual Fellowship During the Holidays

Affirming Your Life

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
-- Hamilton Wright Mabie

Affirmation: Today during my meditation, I will focus with gratitude on the special people, both family, and friends, with whom I share spiritual fellowship during the holiday season.

Spiritual Fellowship During the Holidays

They’re the people who raised you, or you raised them. They’re the friends you first met decades ago, and now you can’t imagine your life without them. They’re the relatives who might only come together for holidays or family milestones, but they’re always in your heart. Together, they create a spiritual fellowship that transcends space and time. Your connection is so much richer and more profound than just being in the same place, at the same time. It’s actually at the core of being able to experience true joy and positive purpose.

That’s why the holidays are such an important touchstone for families and friends. It’s a time designated to come together in beloved community, and make new memories you’ll reminisce about during holidays to come.

In the relatively new science of Positive Psychology, one of the three necessities for being happy in your life is having a “community” – a close knit group of one or many family members and/or friends who know you, and have your back. Your spiritual community represents your safe space to retreat to after a disappointment, or to celebrate a victory.

There’s a particular richness to this community during the holidays, and you can make this the year you add even more to the connections. Here are some ideas for reinforcing the unity, caring and love for each other.

  1. First, release all expectations. There is no such thing as the “perfect” holiday. But choosing to focus on the things that are positive, fun and interesting will keep you, and everyone around you, in the jolliest of moods.
  1. Start a new tradition of going around the table and sharing your happiest holiday memory. Chances are, the memory will include at least one or two others gathered there, reinforcing the “spiritual community” theme.
  1. If someone introduces a topic that could erupt in an unpleasant exchange, gently – or not so gently – steer the conversation in another direction. You can even make a joke of it – “How about those Mets?”
  1. Bring music to the mix. John Denver once said, ““Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same.” A sing-along or informal concert, or even a holiday music mix on an iPod, can draw everyone into the fun.
  1. Feel gratitude for coming together again in the circle of your family and friends. Even if old tensions start to run high, you can be authentically grateful that you now have the opportunity to create happier new memories.

This holiday season, experience true fellowship and spiritual community at the OHI missions in San Diego or Austin, Texas. Achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health with an extended stay. Visit us online at www.optimumhealth.org, or call us at (800) 224-2620 to make your reservation. Mention the code “HUG” for special savings.

The Divine Simplicity of the Spiritual Quest

Spiritual quests can take many forms. They can be as dramatic as the young sheltered prince Siddhartha in 6 th century B.C. Nepal desiring to know of the world that lay beyond the palace walls. He started out on what would be a six-year quest and blossomed into total spiritual awakening, becoming the Buddha. Another spiritual journey began with a young girl in 15 th century France having visions. Joan d’ Arc received divine instruction to help save France, and have the Dauphin crowned King Charles VII.

For the majority of us, though, our own personal spiritual quest can begin as a mere whisper; a stirring in the heart that slowly, steadily, takes us out of our comfort zone. It can start with the feeling that there’s something ‘more’ – more real, more purposeful, more loving – that we have yet to discover.

The late author and spiritual mentor Wayne Dyer said it beautifully: “ When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.” There are simple steps we can all take to change how we process things, and to start out on our own spiritual quest.

These disciplines so important for your transformation are what Optimum Health Institute (OHI) calls “The Five P’s to Optimum Health.”

Purpose: Meditating on what you feel are the most purposeful things for you to do. When you shift your focus from, “What’s in it for me?” to “How can I help?” you immediately begin to rewire your brain into a place of higher awareness. Random acts of kindness, visiting people in the hospital, contributing to or starting a food drive – there’s an infinite number of ways you can personally make a positive difference.

Positive: Choosing to maintain a positive frame of mind has immediate health benefits – lower stress, lower risk of heart disease, lower mortality and better coping skills, for starters, all of which help lead to spiritual transformation.

Persistence: Faithfully following spiritual disciplines and choosing to live a more holistic life help you develop the strength and commitment to reach your goals.

Patience: Being gentle with yourself as you allow your body-mind-spirit to heal and transform paves the way for sustainable and healing changes.

Prayer: Mindfully connecting with the Divine takes you to, and keeps you in, an Alpha state of grace, gratitude and purposeful power. Through prayer and meditation, your spiritual path becomes clear.

Practice the 5 P’s and make great strides on your spiritual quest with an extended stay at OHI San Diego or OHI Austin. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, and call us at (800) 993-4325 to find out about special money-saving offers and make your reservation.

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