This Week at OHI

Optimum Health Institute’s Weekly Blogs.
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.

Setting Goals for the New Year

Last week we talked about setting a vision for the New Year. With only a few weeks left in 2016, your vision should be coming into sharper focus right about now. One way to give your vision a clearer shape and structure is to begin setting some specific goals.

A Quick Refresh on Vision vs. Goals

Like an overarching theme for your ideal life, your vision is the ‘big picture’ idea of how you want to live, be and thrive in the world. Goals, on the other hand, are the concrete stepping stones that will help you achieve and maintain your overall vision.

Setting Goals to Realize Your Vision

At OHI, we emphasize the importance of setting and holding a vision for ourselves, with the belief that through clear-minded focus, positivity and dedication, we can manifest our best selves and bring our visions to life. And goals are a crucial aspect of this process. A retreat at OHI can help you make a clear plan for achieving your vision by helping you to set the right goals. Here are a few tips on how to get started

  • Be Specific – Remember that while your vision can be somewhat broad and nebulous, your goals should be clearly defined. For instance, if shedding a few pounds is part of your overall vision for health, your goal should be more specific than to simply “lose weight.” Find a concrete number and set a concrete target date (e.g. lose 5lbs by March) and get started. The more specific your goals, the better your chance of sticking to your vision and achieving what you’re after.
  • Be Realistic – One common pitfall when setting goals is to aim too high. That’s not to say you shouldn’t be ambitious with your vision, but goals are meant to be achievable markers of progress. They are a means of attaining your vision, not ends in and of themselves. So it’s important to set realistic goals. Sticking with the weight-loss example: say your overall target is to drop 60lbs. If you set that as your goal, you are likely to become discouraged when you fail to see noticeable progress right away. But if you breaking that up into smaller, more realistic intervals (say, 3lbs per month) you’ll be much more likely to succeed.
  • Visualize – At OHI, we like to encourage our guests to bring their visions and goals to life by giving them a physical presence in the world. In our vision board class, we use images, photos and words to create visual representations of our visions in the hopes that doing so will foster a more visceral emotional connection. When it comes to your goals, anything you can do to make them more concrete will help. Try writing them down and/or keeping a journal as you go to help reinforce your positive progress.

One key thing to remember is to be true to your vision. When setting a new goal, you might want to ask yourself, “how does this goal serve my overall vision for a happier healthier me?” This will help keep you from straying too far from your original plan and keep your goals grounded in the clarity and positivity that inspired your vision in the first place. It’s ok to expand your vision and add new goals, but it’s important not to overwhelm yourself, or spread yourself too thin.

The best way to make sure you have a great 2017 is to start off the year focused on your physical, mental and emotional health. Begin the year with a retreat at OHI where you can set goals that help you work toward your best life. Visit our website and call us at (800) 588-0809 to make a reservation

Setting a Vision for the New Year

The New Year is just around the corner, and with it comes new possibilities, unknown opportunities and exciting new prospects. It is a time for renewal. It’s a fresh start with boundless potential. Which means it’s the perfect time to check in with ourselves, discover what we truly want out of life, and set a vision for the future. But sometimes that’s easier said than done.

What is a “vision” exactly?

Much more than a set of goals, or a New Year's resolution, a vision is an overarching and all-encompassing conceptualization of your ideal self and ideal life.

Vision vs. Goals

Vision – Your vision is like your mission statement. It’s a ‘big picture’ idea of how you want your life to look. Your vision could be greater health, more financial abundance, stronger relationships with your family and loved ones, or just more joy and love in general.

Goals – It might help to think of goals as smaller, more easily digestible pieces of your overall vision. Goals are clearly defined targets that exist within your greater vision and guide you closer to your ideal life.

For instance, if your vision includes improving your health, your first goal might be to lose 5lbs., quit smoking, or change your diet. If your vision includes greater wealth, you might set a goal to pay off that credit card debt, or start your own business. If your vision includes improving your relationships, your goals might include forgiving an old grievance, or simply communicating more with those you care about.

How to Set Your Vision

When people leave OHI, one of the most valuable things we want them to take away from their experience is a renewed and strengthened vision for their lives. This happens in a variety of different ways. Here are a few of the steps you can take:

  • Meditation – A cluttered mind is perhaps the primary obstacle to overcome when crafting a solid vision for yourself. Holding and sticking to your vision requires focus. That’s why meditation is such a crucial part of the OHI experience. Consistent meditation helps to release pain and pent-up tension, and helps you to tap into your sub-consciousness by clearing away the muck and frustration that builds up over time.
  • Acceptance - The many physical, emotional and mental struggles we encounter in life can sometimes hamper our ability to stay positive. But, through consistent practice, and purposeful dedication to self-acceptance, you can learn to maintain the positive mental attitude needed to push toward your vision for a healthier happier you.
  • Visualization - One of the ways we try to bring our visions to life at OHI is with our vision board class. This gives guests the opportunity to tap into their creativity by building physical representations of their overall visions. By combining images and photographs with words and phrases that connect our visions to concrete things in the real world, we charge our visions with feelings of passion, and begin to attract those things into our lives.

An OHI retreat can be an eye-opening first step toward making your vision a reality, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t get started on your own. The important thing to remember is to clear your mind, focus on a positive mental attitude and set your vision before setting your goals, because if your goals don’t serve a greater purpose, you are much less likely to achieve them.

There’s no better way to start off the New Year than by taking time for yourself to create a clear vision for the life you want to lead in 2017. A retreat to OHI’s holistic health missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas allow you to step back from the stresses of daily life and re-focus on what is important to you. Visit our website and call us at (800) 588-0809 to make a reservation

The Holiday Spirit is Alive at OHI

OHI is always a special place, but during the holiday season it gets an extra touch of warmth and cheer. The campuses in Austin and San Diego are brought to joyful life with festive poinsettias, towering Christmas trees, thousands of twinkling white lights, and countless inviting reminders of the love, compassion and fellowship that make the holidays such a wonderful time of year.

In much of the country, the holiday season has become a time of stress and aggravation, rather than a time of relaxation and reflection. From the overwhelming emphasis on commercialism, the hassles of holiday travel, and perhaps uncomfortable family gatherings, the true spirit of this magical season can get lost in the fray. But at OHI, it is still very much alive and well—and not just because of the festive decorations.

The holidays are a time for connection, generosity and warmhearted compassion. And that’s exactly what the OHI experience is all about. It’s a place to get away from the commercialism and stress that now drive and underlie the contemporary holiday experience. It’s a place to truly reflect on what it means to love oneself and our fellow human beings. And it’s a place to heal, rejuvenate and revive body, mind and spirit in an environment of love and acceptance.

Perhaps that’s why so many members of the OHI community choose to return for the holidays year in and year out. In fact, roughly 75 percent of OHI’s guests during Christmas time are returning members of the OHI community.

People return to OHI for a number of different reasons. But whether they are suffering from life-threatening health issues, or simply looking for a place to calm the mind and cleanse the body, they all find the same warmth, gratitude and spiritual fortification that makes OHI the perfect retreat from the pressures of the hectic holiday season.

OHI offers a holiday experience that you won’t find anywhere else. It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to detoxify your body with clean, healthy and delicious holiday meals, while learning to quiet your mind through meditation and nourish your spirit with honest reflection, prayer and generous sharing with your fellow OHI community members. If you’re looking for a place that truly captures the spirit of the holidays, inside and out, this is it.

You’ll be able to boost your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health with a holiday stay at the Optimum Health Institute (OHI). In beautifully landscaped settings designed to promote feelings of serenity, contentment and renewal, our missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas, will share the tools to help you achieve and maintain optimal health. Our caring team creates a safe space for transformation while also celebrating the season. Visit our website at, and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

Sweating the Small Stuff

There’s a popular axiom, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” When Kimberly Garner arrived at Optimum Health Institute (OHI), her body was so out of balance with autonomic dysfunction that she had completely lost the ability to sweat. Her physical symptoms included dry eyes, mouth, skin and hair, along with a painful tooth. Mentally, emotionally and spiritually, Kimberly was at the end of her rope. A flight attendant for 33 years, the single mom of two college student sons was exhausted, depressed, and not wanting to live with the debilitating fatigue. She was in bed about 20 hours a day.

Just when she was sure she couldn’t bear any more, she very clearly heard God’s voice say, “I have an abundant life for you!”

Kimberly immediately called OHI – friends had told her about the institute – and booked a week’s stay with financial help from her father. She was there the very next morning. After she greeted a few other guests, she went right to bed.

The next morning she drank a shot of wheatgrass juice, went to the stretching class, and then crawled back into bed. That wheatgrass seemed to flip on a switch inside of her body, mind and spirit. Tuesday she attended all the classes, soaking up encouragement and compassion from guests and facilitators. She completely dedicated herself to absorbing all the information she could.

The lights really came on for her in Peg’s Focus class, where Kimberly clearly saw in her pie chart she had no healing time to focus on herself. For decades, in both her personal and professional life, she was completely focused on doing everything for everyone else. She knew she needed what OHI offered – not just nutrition detoxification, but time for deep emotional, mental and spiritual self-care.

OHI’s community has a heart-centered and loving desire to express validation and support, and that fellowship, Kimberly says, was such an important part of her healing. She eagerly soaked up the encouragement and new friendships, finding that hearing others’ stories, and sharing her own, were a divine tonic for her aching body, mind and spirit.

At the end of her first week, when she was offered an OHI Scholarship to complete the 21-day program, Kimberly was overcome with gratitude and emotion. For the first time in years, she started feeling empowered, valued and happy.

One of the funniest moments of her OHI stay happened in the middle of a class during her second week. Kimberly was focused intently on the information the facilitator was sharing with the others when she made an exhilarating realization. “I’m starting to sweat!” she screamed, and her friends were thrilled for her. After years of dysfunction, her body’s nervous system was coming back into a healthy balance, and her sweat glands were working again. “Sweating the small stuff” was dramatic physical proof that Kimberly was well on her way to regaining optimum health.

These days, she continues to improve dramatically on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. She credits OHI with giving her the tools to reclaim a healed and happy life. She is deeply grateful for the generosity of the OHI community, which funded the OHI Scholarship that gave her a second chance for a fulfilling, joyful and healthy abundant life.

In this season of generosity and gratitude, help another deserving person receive the tools they need to create a happy, healthy balance in body, mind and spirit. Contribute to the OHI Scholarship fund through purchases at the OHI Store, buying proprietary OHI products like the OHI for life ® organic skin care line, or making a tax-deductible donation.

Help transform the life of someone else, or do some serious, loving self-care with your own extended visit to the OHI holistic health missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas. Come help us celebrate 40 Years of Holistic Healing. Our caring team will give you the tools, encouragement and inspiration to detoxify your body, quiet your mind and rejuvenate your spirit in a safe space of compassion and beauty. Visit our website at, and call us at (800) 993-4325 to contribute a donation, or make your reservation.

Your Generosity Has Healing Power

You have changed people’s lives for the good.

It’s officially the season to give thanks for our many blessings. The Optimum Health Institute (OHI) wishes to extend a deeply personal and heart-felt thanks to all of the the members of our growing OHI community, for their compassionate and generous support of the OHI Scholarship Fund.

We were able to provide 77 scholarships so far this year, empowering recipients to learn and practice the skills necessary for changing their lifestyles, and making substantial and sustainable progress on their path to optimum health.

In the words of a successful business woman who suddenly found herself nearly destitute and in constant pain from health opportunities, her scholarship left her “overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers,” and she now has “a jump start on my health and so many tools to use to get back on track.”

With the gift of an OHI Scholarship, and then three months as an OHI Missionary, a lovely young woman faced her health opportunity of being diagnosed with a grapefruit-sized tumor on her ovary with patience, persistence, perseverance and prayer. She is now the happy mom of a beautiful daughter – something she always wanted, but was afraid she would never be able to experience.

One gentleman was a spirited 80 years young when he arrived at OHI, newly diagnosed with liver and lung cancer, and given just two months to live. He and his wife of 50 years had rafted every river in the nation except for the Mississippi. He hoped an OHI stay could give him the strength, and a little extra time, to create one more joyful memory for his wife and family. After an OHI Scholarship of two additional weeks, the man felt better than he had in the past 30 years. He not only had one more rafting adventure – he continued to live a vibrant, joy-filled life for many more months.

Here are some actual comments from OHI Scholarship recipients:

  • “Seeing the change in each other is what’s amazing. Each day we look healthier and friendlier!”
  • “Everything unfolding here for me is such a miracle.”
  • “This place is love in all its forms, and love heals. I feel extraordinarily lucky.”
  • “I feel lovingly launched into the life I want to lead. God led me here.”

The founders were always committed to making a healing stay at OHI a reality for as many people as possible, and that generous spirit gradually evolved into the formal OHI Scholarship Fund. Deserving people who desire to experience the complete 21-day holistic healing program, but don’t have the financial means to do so, might be eligible for financial assistance. Purchases at the OHI Store, sales of proprietary OHI products like the OHI for life ® organic skin care products, donations from the Free Sacred Trinity Church and tax-deductible donations from contributors like you funded as many as 122 scholarships annually. Our vision is to double that number, which is possible with your continued compassionate assistance.

Help transform the life of someone else, or do some serious, loving self-care with your own extended visit to the OHI holistic health missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas. Come help us celebrate 40 Years of Holistic Healing. Our caring team will give you the tools, encouragement and inspiration to detoxify your body, quiet your mind and rejuvenate your spirit while you are surrounded in serene beauty. Visit our website at, and call us at (800) 993-4325 to contribute a donation, or make your reservation.

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