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.

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.

Spiritual Awakening

Sometimes, when we reach rock bottom, we discover our spiritual awakening was waiting there for us to embrace it.

She was 43, bedridden, with three kids and an unhappy second marriage. Her destructive addictions to food, alcohol, and codeine sent her spiraling downward. As a last-ditch effort to heal her body, mind, emotions, and spirit, she asked for help and was admitted to a rehabilitation facility in Los Angeles.

Deeply depressed, full of rage and feeling completely disconnected from her life, she lay on the floor of the attic, staring at the ceiling. Suddenly she felt a faint tickle on her bare foot. A cockroach was brazenly making its way across her toes.

At that very moment, in the most vulnerable, desperate situation she had ever experienced, Byron Katie had a spiritual epiphany. She could either surrender to the bottomless pit of fear and loathing and give up on her life, or she could completely change the meaning she gave to basically everything.

In that moment of spiritual clarity, she realized that old beliefs and judgments had kept her stuck in a place of pain. By simply giving herself permission to release those beliefs, and substitute positive, hopeful new thoughts, she could immediately and permanently transform her life into one of joy, purpose, and love.

As she shared her new revelation with others, she began to realize the way she shifted the meaning of things in her own life could be a powerful tool for transformation for anyone else, too. That’s when Byron created “The Work,” a series of four questions designed to help people separate myth from truth, and reclaim their lives:

  1. Is it true?
  2. Can you absolutely know that it's true?
  3. How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
  4. Who would you be without the thought?

Sharing The Work became Byron’s new spiritual purpose, and she has authored numerous best-selling books on the subject, lectured, created an international institute, and been dubbed, “a spiritual innovator for the 21 st century” by Time magazine. She has touched millions as The Work is being taught at prisons, hospitals, universities, corporations, workshops, and retreats across the globe.

Had she not confronted her own desperation, though, Byron never would have experienced the spiritual awakening that has transformed so many lives.

Find a sacred space of empowerment, serenity, and encouragement to nurture your own spiritual awakening 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 make your reservation. Call today to find out about special money-saving offers for November.

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