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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.

Setting Prayers in Motion


Sunrise.  Sunset.  Seasons.  Tides.  Planting.  The Rains.  Harvest.

The Earth has a sacred rhythm that flows through all of creation, including each of us.  The further removed we are from the rhythms and flow of Earth’s energy, the more out of balance we become.  The more connected we feel to this flow, this divine heartbeat of life, the closer we become to God.

That’s why moving meditations, where we’re consciously breathing and directing our bodies in rhythm with our mind and spirit, are an ancient and powerful method of prayer in cultures around the world.  These moving prayers anchor us to the Earth, and set our Chi, or life energy, in synergistic motion with the planet.

One example of prayers in motion is the Native American powwow.  The heart-beat rhythm of the drum calls to the dancers, and their silver jewelry sparkles in the sunlight as they move in unison around the arena, holding feather fans against their beaded tunics. The women and men stomp, weave and turn in perfect rhythm to the same traditional songs their ancestors did.

This timeless gathering of Native Americans is not a “dance” – rather it’s prayer in motion, a moving meditation to celebrate the Earth and express gratitude to the Creator for their many blessings.

Another example of moving meditation as a spiritual observances is the Sufi Whirling Dervish dance, started by devotees of the Persian poet and theologian Rumi.

The ancient practices of yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong are all about specific stretches and moves to circulate Chi throughout the body, and mindful breathing to align body, mind and spirit in a meditative state.

Since the Renaissance, churches and cathedrals have frequently included labyrinths laid into the floor to provide a pattern for priests and parishioners to walk along in a prayerful state.  This, and all the other types of moving meditation, can facilitate the user entering more quickly into a contemplative alpha state.

We at the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) believe prayer is one of the most important spiritual disciplines we can practice. Whether it’s gathered with others in a circle before mealtimes, or cloistered in your own thoughts as you have a private conversation with God, or a moving meditation, like a contemplative walk around the grounds or an exercise class – all these forms of prayer and meditation deepen your connection to God.

In fact, any time you start to lose your sense of the rhythms of the Earth, do your mindful breathing, and start putting your prayers in motion.  It’s a time-honored, sacred way to get back into balance, and renew your connection to God.

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. Call us at (800) 993-4325 to learn more.

Chew Your Food


As you take control of your health naturally, you will probably begin to pay more attention to the foods you consume and the effects they have on your body. While this is crucial to your health, it is not the only step you should take in making dietary changes. When you change the foods you eat, you should also change the way that you eat them. More specifically, you should be sure to chew your food thoroughly so that you support good digestion.

Are you chewing properly?

Naturally, you are used to chewing your food, but there is a proper way of doing so that can benefit your whole body. Chewing is where your body begins to process and digest food, so this step should not be taken lightly when you sit down for a meal. Chew slowly and do so multiple times, studies have shown it is beneficial to chew somewhere between 30-40 times. If you set down your eating utensil between each bite, you will be more conscious of the speed at which you are eating and will force yourself to go slowly. All foods should be chewed this way for a better eating experience.

Why take the time?

When you chew your food correctly, it will take you longer to eat a meal or snack. You should consider this time a wise investment, because there are many benefits that come along with a conscious effort of better chewing. First, you will have the immediate reward of completely tasting your food. You can savor every bite and get the full flavor experience of everything you consume. This will make you more aware of what exactly you are eating and slow you down so that you do not overeat. Chewing thoroughly also breaks down your food more before it reaches your stomach, meaning that your digestive system has to do less work to get full nutrients from the food you eat. This will result in greater comfort after eating, along with an overall sense of general wellness.

At Optimum Health Institute, we will help guide you through the proper steps to take in eating and preparing food so that you get the most out of a vibrant raw diet to cleanse your body. The holistic healing program at 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 learning how to cleanse and nourish the body with diet, fasting, and exercise, guests learn how to quiet and focus the mind with journaling and meditation, plus renew and awaken their spirits with study, prayer, and celebration. To learn more about the OHI program, call (800) 993-4325 or visit

The Power of Words


“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.


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

—Johann Goethe


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.


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


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.


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


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

God is<



—Adel Bestavros

Patience is the key to contentment.          


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.



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


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  To make your reservation, please call us at (800) 993-4325.

Unlock Your Potential with a Vision Board


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


Your Emotions Create Your Life


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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