• 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.

  • Your Body, Your Mirror

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    Candace Pert, the internationally recognized pharmacologist who has published over 250 scientific articles and numerous books, scientifically proved that every cell of our bodies has its own separate consciousness.  She also says holistic physicians of the not-too-distant future will ask patients three questions – what are you eating, how are you moving, and what are you thinking.

    She, along with medical intuitive Carolyn Myss, has seen in their work how, as Myss says, “our biography literally becomes our biology.”  The things we dwell on, those stories we hold on to about our appearance, our self-worth or our emotional vulnerability, will eventually manifest in our physical form.

    For instance, if your parents called you “fat” when you were a child, there’s an excellent chance you’ve never outgrown the feeling of being overweight, even when the scale indicates everything’s in balance.  Holding on to that story is fertile ground for developing a serious eating disorder, whether it’s a secret one, like bulimia, or one that’s more obvious, like anorexia or obesity.

    If we believe a story that gives us low self esteem, our slouching posture, or the tentative way we enter a room, loudly trumpets our self-fulfilling fear that “we’re not worthy.”

    Medical intuitives like Myss point out the body stores various emotions, which are usually always tied to our stories, in very specific organs of the body.  Grief and sadness, for instance, settle into the lungs.  Resulting symptoms, like shortness of breath, chronic bronchitis, cough and frequent colds and allergies, will continue to manifest until the root cause of the sorrow is pinpointed, and we can finally release that old story.

    Fear, weak willpower and insecurity can take hold of the kidneys, resulting in frequent urinary tract infections, or lower back pain.  Unresolved anger grips the liver, while emotional stress goes right for the heart and adjacent thymus gland, resulting in the immune system crashing.  Approximately two weeks after a breakup or other hurtful emotional situation, if we keep replaying the “tape” of that sad story, it’s very common to suffer a cold.

    The idea that the body files away our memories and emotions has, during our lifetime, evolved from a long-held spiritual belief to a scientifically acknowledged fact.

    Several years ago neurologists in Canada were conducting brain surgery on a patient, and the man needed to remain awake for the procedure.  When one of the doctors stimulated a specific part of the man’s brain, the patient spontaneously recalled a long-forgotten childhood incident in astonishing detail.  The doctor stopped the connection, and the memory just as quickly vanished.  But when the doctor re-stimulated that exact region, the same memory sprang again into the man’s consciousness. 

    While the brain literally stores the memories, it is our conscious and subconscious minds that create the “stories” we weave around the people, places and things from our past that will be mirrored in our bodies.

    In her audiobook, Your Body is Your Subconscious Mind, Dr. Pert asserts that massage and other body work modalities are excellent ways to release old memories stored in our cells.  She even laughingly recalls a particular time she reflexively reached out to punch her chiropractor when he was working on a specific part of her body that obviously had issues!  He did manage to jump out of the way in time, she assures us.

    Just knowing that our body literally holds on to old stories, and can physically reflect an imbalance of emotions, gives us the opportunity to consciously reframe or even delete “old recordings” that might be preventing us from living a joyful, purposeful life in optimum health. 

    Look into the mirror of you body and if you don’t love everything you see, know that you are free to change the story, and change the resulting physical issue. You have the power to rewrite your biography, and bring your biology into optimum balance.

    Both Dr. Pert’s audio book, Your Body is Your Subconscious Mind, and Carolyn Myss’ book, Anatomy of the Spirit , are available in the Optimum Health Store at 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 Optimum Health Institute . We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiri

    tual 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.

  • How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

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    Sleep is the foundation for holistic health , and giving yourself complete rest every night is one of the best things that you can do to improve your physical and mental wellbeing. Still, many people suffer from sleep deficiencies that can promote poor health, anxiety, and depression. If you are not getting enough sleep every night, you probably feel tired during the day and fall ill more frequently. There are some ways to get back into a cycle of healthy, deep sleep that will soothe you every night so you can wake up ready to embrace the new opportunities of the next day.

    How much sleep is enough?

    The exact number of hours you should be sleeping will vary depending on your age and your body’s natural balance of hormones. Babies and children need long periods of sleep to stay healthy, and newborns will spend a majority of the day sleeping. Teenagers also have higher needs for sleep, as they may require about nine to 10 hours every night in order to be energized the next day. Adults may only require about six to eight hours of sleep each night, but it should be deep, restful sleep.

    What’s the best way to get to sleep and stay asleep?

    The body knows to go to sleep because the secretion of a hormone called melatonin is triggered by darkness. In the morning when light is present, the body releases hormones like cortisol to promote activity so that you get up and get moving. Melatonin is only released in the darkness, so keeping a calm and dark sleeping environment is important for falling asleep. If you are able to get to sleep but cannot stay asleep, you may need to make some changes to your routine. Nourishing your health while you are awake with a healthy diet and regular exercise will help you get more restful sleep—so make these habits a part of your daily lifestyle. Also, dedicate your bedroom to rest and sleep by removing distracting electronics. Another step you can take to ensure good sleep is relaxing in the evening just before bed with meditation, yoga, or a hot bath. In the Alpha class at the Optimum Health Institute you learn how to quite the mind and get into a meditative state. Practicing the head to toe relaxation technique while in bed is a sure way drift off to a deep and restful sleep.

    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

  • Food Enzymes: Why They Should Be a Priority in Your Diet

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    The food you eat is the fuel on which your body runs, and the type of food you choose to consume has a significant impact on your immunity and holistic health . If you eat a high volume of processed foods, you will be more likely to experience health challenges because you are not getting the nutrients your body needs to run efficiently. Ideally, you should choose a raw diet of whole foods that will give you optimal nutrition, including the beneficial qualities of enzymes.

    What is an enzyme?

    Enzymes are naturally present in an array of foods, particularly vegetables and fruits. They are proteins that facilitate better bodily function by causing reactions during the process of digestion. You might think of enzymes like antioxidants, as they perform similar functions, including cleansing of free radicals, reducing inflammation, and digesting fat. Eating foods that contain enzymes will help you experience these benefits. Incorporating as many raw vegetables and fruits in your diet will be extremely beneficial. Heat causes enzymes to break down, so cooking food will diminish its richness in valuable enzymes.

    Which foods contain beneficial enzymes?

    The foods richest in enzymes are those considered to be some of the healthiest foods you can consume. As you boost your intake of enzymes, you will notice that you have more energy, get sick less often, and feel an encompassing sense of wellness. Foods that you should include in your diet are sprouted grains, papaya, radish and alfalfa sprouts, pineapple, and kale.  Each of these foods contains a different type of enzyme that detoxifies the body and optimizes digestive function. Properly combining enzyme-rich foods is the best way to harness all the benefits of these powerful proteins. Juicing, dehydrating, and fermenting foods will help you prepare them for raw consumption.

    Medical research indicates that, as we age, our enzyme supply diminishes. Nature has placed enzymes in raw food to aid in the digestion process, instead of forcing the body’s enzymes to do all the work. If you eat cooked food, you should consult with a qualified nutritionist to determine if you could benefit from a broad-spectrum digestive enzyme supplement.

    At the Optimum Health Institute , you can explore the many advantages of a raw, enzyme-rich diet, from our initial detox diet to our take home maintenance diet which contests of 80-95% raw with no more than 20% cooked. We offer a nutrient rich meal plan for guests participating in our program along with tips, recipes, and tools that will empower you with knowledge on how to prepare and combine appropriate foods to promote optimum health.

    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