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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.

The Power of Words

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“In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  John 1:1, King James Bible

As the Bible states, words are at the very heart of creation.  Words have the power to inspire us, guide us, illuminate the darkness and heal us on deep emotional, mental and spiritual levels.

The Optimum Health Institute (OHI) Focus Manual includes a selection of quotes we particularly treasure for their power to raise our awareness, spark our spirit and engage our mind.  We’re sharing some of them here.

Enjoy!

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.

—Johann Goethe

THE RUNAROUND DILEMMA

Because we don’t know what is really important to us, everything seems important.

Because everything seems important, we have to do everything.

Other people, unfortunately, see us as doing everything, so they expect us to do everything.

Doing everything keeps us so busy, we don’t have time to think about what is really important to us.

—Anonymous

You need to believe that what you’re doing is right, and you need to stay focused. Without a clear course in mind, it’s very easy to be swayed by everybody’s opinions.

—Jane E. Shaw

When your daily activities are in concert with your highest priorities, you have a credible claim to inner peace.

—Hyrum Smith

Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.

—Albert Einstein

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that’s the stuff life is made of. —Benjamin Franklin

Purpose

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want

—Ben Stein

The human spirit lives on the hope of finding one’s purpose, the love in sharing with another, and in the faith it will be fulfilled.

—Robert P. Nees, Jr.

When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world.

—Jim Henson

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t yet realize how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!

—Anne Frank

The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direc- tion we are moving.

—Goethe

You have your brains in your head, and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

—Dr. Seuss

Positive Mental Attitude

There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.

—Albert Einstein

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

—Lou Holtz

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.

—Harry Truman

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey!

—Barbara Hoffman

Start each day with a grateful heart.

Focus on the positive aspects of every person you encounter.

End each day with a grateful heart.

—Lucy MacDonald

If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.

—Jonathan Winters

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. —Art Linkletter

Persistence

Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.

—Author Unknown

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.

—William Ellery Channing

That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

—Franklin D. Roosevelt

The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.

—John Ruskin

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not some- times taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

—Anne Bradstreet

Patience

Patience with others is Love, Patience with self is Hope, Patience with

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—Adel Bestavros

Patience is the key to contentment.          

—Mohammed

How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?

—William Shakespeare

Little by little, through patience and repeated effort, the mind will become stilled in the Self.

—Bhagavad Gita

Patience is the companion of wisdom.   

—St. Augustine

If you are tempted to lose patience with your fellowman; stop and think how patient God has been with you.

—Anonymous

Prayer

Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.

—Gandhi

Prayer is when we talk to God. Meditation is when we listen to God. And Alpha is the state of being that occurs when we do both.

—Robert P. Nees, Jr.

Practical prayer is harder on the soles of your shoes than on the knees of your trousers.

—Austin O’Malley

I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.

—Abraham Lincoln

God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.

—Mother Teresa

When your body, mind, and spirit are aligned, you can achieve good health. If you are looking for a holistic healing program, in San Diego or Austin, visit Optimum Health Institute. We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health. For more information about OHI, visit our website at www.OptimumHealth.org.  To make your reservation, please call us at (800) 993-4325.

Unlock Your Potential with a Vision Board

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Knowing what you want out of life is the first step on the path to achieving your life goals. The idea of simply addressing and visualizing your goals and then accomplishing them seems too easy to actually work, but the reality is that you can gain more control than you might imagine by putting your dreams into a visual medium with a vision board.

Understanding Vision Boards

The concept of the vision board has been around for generations, but it gained a renewed interest and popularity after success expert and entrepreneur, John Assaraf related his story of using vision boards to achieve his dreams in the best-selling DVD documentary The Secret. Gaining the attention of notable celebrities like Larry King and Oprah, vision boards and the philosophy surrounding them have become famous. This fame is not unwarranted, because using vision boards can be the first step into an enlightened and enriching new plane of consciousness.

Starting on Your Own Vision Board

A vision board is simply a visual representation or collage of the things that you want to have, be or do in life. It consists of a flat surface with cut-out pictures, drawings and or words and phrases of the things that you want in your life or the things that you want to become. It requires a few inexpensive supplies, poster board, construction paper, glue, scissors, markers and magazines. You can even create a vision board on the computer and set it as your screen saver.

Making a vision board is more than just scrapbooking with photos from magazines and newspapers. Although these materials may be the basis for your board, they represent a much deeper meaning than superficial desires. A vision board is a simple yet powerful visualization tool that taps into our creative right brains and our subconscious. When you acquire pictures and headlines to add to your vision board, you should seek those that bring out a primal, physical response in you. Those images that render such a reaction can help you identify what it is that you truly want, which may have previously been veiled within your subconscious.

As you grow to realize what it is that you desire, you can shift your thinking to help you make that desire a reality. The theory is that you will begin to attract those things into your life. Your vision board will serve as the foundation for your own self-discovery that helps you unlock the secrets to your happiness. The Optimum Health Institute encourages the use of vision boards and every Saturday afternoon guests can attend a vision board making class.  In the Optimum Health store you can also find a kit developed by Assaraf called The Complete Vision Board Kit.

The holistic healing program at the Optimum Health Institute consists of three week-long sessions that can be taken consecutively or independently. The sessions interlock classes and activities drawn from 24 ancient spiritual disciplines that promote healing of your body, mind and spirit. Along with guests learning how to cleanse and nourish the body with diet, fasting and exercise, they learn how to quiet and focus the mind with journaling and meditation, plus renew and awaken their spirit with study, prayer and celebration. To learn more about the OHI program call (800) 993-4325 or visit www.optimumhealth.org

 

Your Emotions Create Your Life

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It’s an exciting time to be on the planet.  During our lifetime, and actually just in the past few years, the scientific community has done a complete about-face concerning the power of our emotions.  While scientists initially discounted things that couldn’t be directly measured, now quantum science is taking these unseen forces into account. 

Dr. Gregg Braden, a geologist who dedicates his life to bringing science and spirituality together, shares in his book, The Divine Matrix, that laboratory experiments document how human emotion not only measurably changes our DNA – the impact of our emotions extends beyond our bodies, and into the physical world around us.

In other words, our emotions effectively influence and even create the life we live.

We at the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) are delighted that contemporary social science is addressing the concept we’ve been sharing since we opened our doors 35 years ago.  Our Emotional Detox class not only teaches that emotions are powerful – our facilitators give practical, positive tips on how to manage your emotions for the best results on physical, mental and spiritual levels.

All positive emotions have at their core “Love.”  Joy, excitement, hope, compassion, altruism – all these emotions are anchored by love.

All negative emotions have at their core “Fear.”  Worry, anxiety, guilt, regret, anger, impatience, doubt, suspicion – these emotions are anchored by our fear.

We also teach that first comes a thought – like, “Why is my date looking at that other person?”  The emotional component, in this case “jealousy,” follows close behind.  When we can intercept that negative thought immediately, we can stop ourselves from attaching a negative emotion to the thought, and simply neutralize it before it can have a harmful impact on us, or our environment.

If we let that negativity continue to build, the emotion of jealousy could give us a churning stomach, butterflies, rapid, shallow breathing that starves the brain and body of oxygen, and constricted blood vessels, which can physically injure the heart by raising blood pressure.  What we just did was assign a negative emotion to a fleeting negative thought, but the consequences to our body, mind and spirit will continue to create a toxic imbalance for quite a while.

Being mindful of our thoughts keeps us conscious of the fact that we assign emotions to our thoughts and feelings.  We have the power to cancel the negative emotion of jealousy, and replace it with a more positive thought, like, “That really IS an attractive person my date just noticed, which proves my date has great taste. And my date is with ME!”  The positive emotion of self-confidence replaces jealousy, and the effects in the body are equally positive.

An important part of emotional detoxification is knowing exactly what makes us happy, and actively focusing on it.

There’s a brand new branch of psychology called “Positive Psychology,” and it was developed by Dr. Marty Seligman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. When Dr. Seligman was elected president of the American Psychological Association in 1998, he got to decide what psychologists would research that year.  He reasoned that since the field had invested decades in studying what messed people up, it would be enlightening to instead research what made people happy.

The results of the study surprised the entire field of social sciences.  Contrary to what people had assumed, happiness was not measured by one’s income, appearance, age, geographical location or any of the other obvious choices.  Rather, it boiled down to three components – FAITH in a divine source greater than the individual; FRIENDS to support, inspire and validate, and LIVING A MEANINGFUL LIFE – doing something that truly mattered.  When that optimum trinity was in place, people were happy, and felt true love in their life.

Happiness is healing – laughter increases endorphin levels, reduces stress, increases cardiovascular activity and boosts our immune system.  You have to be happy to hear that!

You can find Gregg Braden’s books at the Optimum Health Store at both OHI Austin and OHI San Diego.

When your body, mind, and spirit are aligned, you can achieve good health. If you are looking for a holistic healing program, in San Diego or Austin, visit

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te. We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health. To learn more about OHI, visit our website at www.OptimumHealth.org. To make your reservation, call us at (800) 993-4325.

 

Exploring the Benefits of Sprouting

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Adjusting to a raw food diet can take some time, and it does require adopting new methods of food preparation that you may not be familiar with. Sprouting is one such method that can be done right at home with minimal effort and big nutritional payoff. The sprouting process begins with seeds, nuts, and grains that may otherwise be processed and cooked. Through sprouting, these foods are given more nutritional value and palatable, developed flavors.

How sprouting brings out the best in foods:

Sprouted foods offer higher quantities of protein, vitamins, fatty acids, and minerals than their unsprouted seed counterparts. The reason why sprouts contain such nutrients is because these elements are necessary for growing germinating plants. Seeds are broken down through soaking, and complex compounds are simplified to enrich the nutritional value of the resulting plants.

How to sprout at home:

The key to sprouting seeds is moisture, and seeds need to be kept in a humid environment as they sprout and grow. The first step in the process is soaking seeds overnight and then rinsing them. This will hydrate the seeds and begin breaking down the compounds within them. Next, the seeds should be placed in a bag or jar where they need to be kept in a humid environment. As the seeds sprout, they should be rinsed so they stay moist and clean.

The possibilities for sprouting are nearly endless, as you can sprout all types of seeds and use them in a variety of applications, including juices, salads, and breads. You may choose to sprout wheatgrass, radish sprouts, alfalfa, mung beans, lentils, quinoa, pea shoots, mustard greens, or any other number of seeds! You can also find some organically produced sprouts in natural grocery stores, but the variety will be more limited than what you can sprout at home. Sprouts are a very important part of the OHI detox diet. Guests marvel at their texture and taste and look forward to the second week program where they learn how to sprout and incorporate sprouts into their diet once they return home.

The holistic healing program at the Optimum Health Institute consists of three week-long sessions that can be taken consecutively or independently. The sessions interlock classes and activities drawn from 24 ancient spiritual disciplines that promote healing of your body, mind and spirit. Along with guests learning how to cleanse and nourish the body with diet, fasting and exercise, they learn how to quiet and focus the mind with journaling and meditation, plus renew and awaken their spirit with study, prayer and celebration. To learn more about the OHI program call (800) 993-4325 or visit www.optimumhealth.org

 

Journaling is a Discovery

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Journaling is not only a spiritual discipline – it’s a journey of discovery and illumination that takes you on a trip inside your heart, mind and soul.

It creates a light for you to follow wherever your thoughts lead you – through transformational chapters in your life, towards your hopes and dreams for the future, or down dark tunnels of incidents and emotions long past.

Through regular journaling, you can come to the gradual realization that everything in your life – the good, the bad and the ugly – can, upon the reflection that journaling facilitates, turn out to be important spiritual lessons that guide and redirect your path.

Perhaps most importantly, the true gift of mindful, regular journal writing is that it creates a powerful, direct link between you and God.  Done with sacred intent, the things you write in your journal can actually facilitate a private “conversation” with God, and give you a clearer intuitive understanding of your mission, and how to live a purposeful life.

One way to quiet the mind and open your heart to God’s guidance is first to surrender any resistance to the idea that you truly can have that kind of a personal connection with the Creator.  Believe that when you approach journaling from a prayerful and heart-centered space, you can trust the insight and inspiration you will receive.

When you desire to do that kind of journal entry, begin by writing the first part of a sentence stating the specific information you desire to receive.  For instance, you could write, “God’s plan for me today is…”  Another exercise could be to write, “The three most important disciplines for me to bring into my life right now are…”

After you write the beginning to that first sentence, stop and set a timer for 10 minutes.  Start the timer, and continue writing in your journal without consciously directing your thought process.  The only rule is, you must keep writing for the entire 10 minutes.

You might find yourself starting to write something like, “This is not going to work.  God doesn’t speak to people in this way,” or, “breakfast this morning was delicious, particularly the seed cheese.”  That’s fine.  Let it flow.  Because since you set the intent to tap into divine wisdom and guidance, within the first few sentences, you will.  Without you making a conscious effort to retrieve or edit information, the stream of consciousness you’re writing for the 10 minute period will gradually shift into wise, illuminating and very specific information to support the statement you wrote at the top of the page.

Besides this “question and answer” type of directed journaling, you could choose to write your thoughts about the Word of the Day as shared in OHI Austin and OHI San Diego’s first group prayer circle of the morning.  If the word is “hope,” how do your thoughts about hope gradually shift as the day goes on?  Journal about it, and reflect on it later.

Journal about your latest dream – how did it make you feel?  Taking it apart and looking at specific symbols, colors, sounds and other people in the dream, what do you think it might mean?  Journaling your answers can help you unlock the divine wisdom of your “night school” adventures, and enrich your life.

However you decide to focus your intent, journaling is a spiritual journey, discipline and mind practice that not only helps you connect body, mind and spirit – it connects you more closely to God.  Write on!

When your body, mind, and spirit are aligned, you can achieve good health. If you are looking for a holistic healing program, in San Diego or Austin, visit Optimum Health Institute. We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health. For more information about OHI, visit our website at www.OptimumHealth.org.  To make your reservation, please call us at (800) 993-4325.

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