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.

Come Back Where You Belong - OHI September Homecoming

Remember your first visit to Optimum Health Institute? It’s time to feel that sense of excitement and discovery again. We’re commemorating 40 years of holistic healing in September, and you’re the reason for the celebration.

We’re welcoming you back home to your spiritual family with money-saving offers, live entertainment, raffle drawings for prizes and a schedule full of activities to show you how much we appreciate and value you.

Every former guest at OHI San Diego or Austin is part of our proud history. Each and every one of you gave us the opportunity to show you, personally, how a live, raw, plant-based organic diet, exercises to quiet the mind and activities to nourish the spirit can lead to total transformation of body, mind and spirit.

For the past 40 years, you, our growing OHI community, have pushed us to provide more tools for positive change, like adding classes in food preparation, organic gardening, menu planning and so much more. You’ve let us know that while you’re at OHI to unplug, occasionally you might need to check in – so we added complimentary Wi-Fi to each guest room. You also gave us high marks for frequent upgrades to the OHI facilities, like remodeling to include sustainable, environmentally-friendly materials in guest rooms and common areas.

Come back for the big anniversary, and find out what’s new while reconnecting with the core program that gave you the basic tools to achieve and maintain optimum health. Be a part of something special as we celebrate 40 years of happiness, 40 years of making health goals a reality, 40 years of caring support, 40 years of trust and 40 years of you - our incredible OHI community.

As part of the OHI San Diego celebration, you can enjoy a value up to $300 on one of our select single-occupancy premium rooms. You’ll save $100 on your room and receive up to two free colonics, a $200 value.

Guests booking stays at OHI Austin can save up to $310 on select double-occupancy rooms, or $165 on select single-occupancy rooms, and also receive a free colonic – a $100 value.

Reconnect with old friends, and make some new ones, with an extended stay at OHI San Diego or OHI Austin as we celebrate 40 years of holistic healing. Visit our website at, and call us at ( 800) 993-4325 and mention code “Homecoming” to receive an anniversary discount when you make your reservation.

Getting Out of a Rut

We’re probably familiar with the symptoms – we’re chugging along, doing basically the same things we’ve been doing for a long time, when suddenly it hits us. Nothing’s really ‘wrong,’ but nothing is really delightfully ‘right,’ either. We’re getting by, but the joy, excitement and sense of discovery is gone. We are officially in a rut.

How did this happen?

Frequently, it can just creep up on us while we’re living our life. And frequently, it happens because we’re actually living someone ELSE’S idea of what our life should look like. Old patterns die hard, particularly ones we pick up in childhood. We can be so eager to earn approval that we put our own dreams on the back burner to pursue what others – well-meaning or demanding parents, teachers, bosses or friends – suggest we do. We gain approval, but we can lose ourselves in the process.

Figuring out we’re in that rut is the first step to leaping back out of it. The second step is to tune back in to ourselves to rediscover what brings us meaningful joy. Through meditation, journaling, introspective walks in nature and even thinking back to what we really wanted to be as kids, we can start to refocus on who we are, and what we need to bring back into our lives to bring emotional balance, and reclaim our happiness and sense of purpose.

We can set this positive shift in motion by identifying a single core value that is essential to living a good life. Family? Spirituality? Vitality? Recognition? Community? When we determine what values are most important to us, we can begin to create a new, rewarding blueprint for our life. We can select several, but for that initial rut-busting focus, we start with one.

After we pinpoint that value, we choose a realistic and meaningful goal that addresses that value. If the value is Community, for instance, the goal can be joining a group that reflects our interests and beliefs.

Now, we create a 3-step action plan to achieve that goal. Maybe there’s a raw foods gourmet club in our city, or a meditation group that gathers on a regular basis. We can attend a meeting, talk to some of the members to see how the group’s interests align with ours, and perhaps volunteer to help organize an upcoming event. Make sure your action steps are measurable and achievable.

Identifying and actively focusing on even a single value will create meaningful and emotionally enriching changes in our lives, blasting us out of that rut for good.

Learn more about identifying values and positive change to help you achieve optimum health in body, mind, emotions and spirit with an extended stay at OHI San Diego or OHI Austin. Come help us celebrate 40 years of holistic healing. Take advantage of Optimum Summer Retreat multiple-week special offer through the week beginning 9-10-17. Visit our website at, and call us at ( 800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

How Our Dreams Reflect Our Emotions

A woman was concerned about a disturbing recurring dream. In it, she was sitting in her living room when her dog came trotting in, wagged its tail, and bounded over to her. Suddenly, the animal transformed from a loveable mutt into a terrifying beast, with glowing red eyes and a threatening, fang-baring snarl. The woman always woke up terrified and emotionally exhausted. It was a particularly horrible experience, she explained, because the dog, which she loved deeply for nearly a decade, had recently died.

As the coach in the dream interpretation class gently asked her a few questions, the meaning of the nightmare became clear. The dog had truly been her best friend, the woman said, and there had been no previous indication that the pet was ill. When the coach suggested she might be repressing anger at the dog for leaving her during a very challenging time in her life, the woman became still. She hadn’t realized she DID feel betrayed and abandoned by this canine friend. It was only through her dreams she was able to connect with how much anger was entwined with her grief. After she was able to get in touch with her emotions, she never had that dream again.

Throughout recorded history, dreams have been considered divine windows into our hearts and souls. The Bible even mentions how we receive important information through our dreams:

"When deep sleep falls upon men and they sleep in their beds, then God opens the ears of men and gives them instructions." Job 33: 15-16

Falling into a deep sleep lets us turn off mental chatter that can distract us during waking hours, and come face-to-face with emotions we might be repressing. If we’re feeling stress at work or in a relationship, there’s a good change our dreams will have us running an obstacle course, or maybe floundering on a choppy sea. Through a restorative sleep, we can tap into our emotions, destress, and understand things from a perspective of higher consciousness.

Frequently, dreams will give us answers to questions we’ve been thinking about, or gift us with creative inspiration. Paul McCartney heard the song “Yesterday” in a dream, immediately wrote it down when he woke up, and the rest is music industry history. Movie Director James Cameron dreamt about a planet with tall blue people who were so interconnected with each other, and their beautiful world. Inspired by the visions, he created “Avatar,” which has earned $2.7 billion to date.

Our dreams can even alert us to health issues of which we might not have been aware. Repetitive dreams of a fire could signal inflammation in the body, for instance. Keep a notebook on your nightstand to jot down what you remember about your dreams, and pay attention to how you react emotionally to the messages. There is a wealth of information in those nightly adventures.

Learn more about the powerful connection between your body, mind, emotions and spirit with an extended stay at OHI San Diego or OHI Austin. We’re celebrating 40 years of holistic healing, and offering Optimum Summer Retreat multiple-week special savings through the week beginning 9-10-17. Visit our website at, and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

The Healing Power of Hope

Of all the many emotions and feeling states we can experience, psychologists agree that ‘hope’ might be the most important. People who are hopeful are happier, healthier, resilient, spiritually empowered and even more academically and athletically gifted.

While more dour personalities tend to lack focus and just deal with what happens to them, hopeful people usually are working towards several goals at once. If they hit a roadblock, they immediately implement “Plan B,” and continue their progress.

Hopefulness and gratitude go hand in hand, as does the ability to establish and nurture strong relationships both personally and professionally. Hopeful people are more open, trusting and motivated than those who are more suspicious or withdrawn, which means that hopefulness is more likely to generate positive outcomes from the world.

Perhaps the best news is that a hopeful attitude can be a learned skill. It’s worth knowing that once learned, the attitude of hopefulness is self-perpetuating. Here are some exercises that if done on a regular basis can help you create a healthy, happy, hopeful outlook for your life:

  1. Conscious Breathing. Slow, deep, rhythmic belly breathing, like that taught at Optimum Health Institute (OHI), is a healing tonic for body, mind, emotions, and spirit. It helps release stress and old baggage as it enhances personal and spiritual growth.
  2. Cultivate and nurture your spiritual community. Fellowship with like-minded, God-centered friends uplifts you and provides healing validation.
  3. Just…smile! Smile and make eye contact with the next 10 people you pass, and see what happens. Smiles are universal expressions of friendship and trust and establish common ground. They’re also contagious.
  4. Reflect on what someone you admire would do. When you find yourself facing a challenge, quickly think of a person you consider a positive role model and ask yourself how they would handle the situation. There are ALWAYS options.
  5. Stretch your spiritual muscles. Experiment with a new sacred practice – toning, for instance. Drumming. Ceremonial dancing, or deep meditation. By going within, you will find answers, and reassurance, and hope.
  6. Be kind. Make it a new habit of performing at least one random act of simple kindness each day. Thank the cashier by name as you’re checking out at the grocery store. Wave ‘thank you’ to the driver who let you merge in front of her. Drop off a carload of gently used items at Goodwill. As Mother Theresa said, “It’s not about doing great things. It’s about doing small things with great love.”

Learn even more ways to cultivate a powerful sense of hope and optimism with an extended stay at OHI San Diego or OHI Austin as we celebrate 40 years of holistic healing. Take advantage of Optimum Summer Retreat multiple-week special offers through the week beginning 9-10-17. Visit our website at, and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

Feel the Heal with an Optimum Summer Retreat

To celebrate Optimum Health Institute’s 40 Years of Holistic Healing, we’re inviting you to return to the place where thousands of guests have turned back the clock on aging, improved their cardiovascular and immune system, and deepened their concentration, mental sharpness and self-awareness.

Of course we’re talking about a two or three week stay at OHI while you can still take advantage of Optimum Summer Retreat special rates and benefits.

Soak in the summer rays in a setting of lush beauty and tranquility. Feel the stress melt away as you enjoy healthy, delicious meals, gentle exercise and activities that nourish body, mind and spirit. Renew old friendships and make some new ones as you bask in the warm fellowship of like-minded, God-centered people.

We are so grateful to you, our growing OHI community, for making this 40-year milestone possible. To thank you for your loyalty and trust, we’re giving you the opportunity to save up to $1,000 during your extended stay.

When you book a 3-week visit this summer, you will receive a savings of up to $300 on our best single-occupancy rooms; up to three free colonics; up to three free massages; priority services for colonics, massage and counseling appointments and daily room service.

You will also receive our special Summer Mental Nourishment Kit with some of the most popular Optimum Health Store items selected to help quiet the mind. Here are a few of the tools Optimum Summer Retreat you’ll receive:

Mind over Medicine by Lissa Rankin, MD

A medical doctor shares how adopting a body-mind-spirit approach to an illness not healed by traditional western medicine changed her life and brought her back to optimum health.

The Five Things We Cannot Change by David Richo, PhD

Everything changes. Things don’t go according to plan. Life isn’t always fair. Pain is part of life. People aren’t loving and loyal all the time. Just accepting these facts, says this psychotherapist, is an essential step towards emotional and mental happiness and balance.

Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling, by Wayne W. Dyer, PhD

What is our purpose in life? Why are you here, now? Discover ways to quiet the mind and tune in to the answers through Dr. Dyer’s spiritual insights that will motivate and inspire.

Power Thought Cards , by Louise Hay

“Everything is working out for my highest good. Out of this situation only good will come. I am safe!” This is just one of the 64 effective positive affirmations in the Power Thought Cards deck. Pick one each morning to start your day in the energies of gratitude and empowerment.

Rooms are limited, but transformational results are not. Visit our website at, and call our team now at (800) 993-4325. Mention offer code SUMMER17.

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