• Facing Your Fears

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    “You don’t know true fear until a poster falls down in the middle of the night.”

    That funny, anonymous quote showing up around the Internet is actually very, very true.   An unexpected noise in the darkness can quickly whip you into a terrified frenzy. While your mind immediately imagines an intruder or monsters from the last horror movie you saw, your body responds with a pounding heart, sweaty palms, weak knees and a knot in the stomach.

    Your paralyzing fear can only be overcome when you turn on the light and spot the offending poster, now on the floor.

    Facing your fears and replacing them with facts can work for you in every situation.  It is the unknown we’re afraid of – that nebulous ‘something’ that becomes such a source of dread only when we don’t know exactly what it is. Confronting your fear – whether it’s a concern about a health opportunity, a relationship, your children or your career, for instance, is always the first step in clearing it.

    “Although many different types of fears exist,” says psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw, “they all boil down to one phobia: the fear of either losing control or being out of control. The good news is that you control the ‘on/off’ switch related to your fears. Because you turn it on with the internal dialogue that you create about a situation, you can turn it off by changing that same internal dialogue.”

    Spiritual author and speaker Byron Katie guides people through their fears through a process she calls “The Work.”  She asks people to consider four questions:

    1. Is it true? (Yes or no. If no, move to 3.)
    2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true? (Yes or no.)
    3. How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
    4. Who would you be without the thought?

    Psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, author of On Death and Dying, taught there are only two emotions – love and fear — and that we can’t feel both emotions simultaneously. When you honestly confront what you’ve imagined, what you’re projecting into the future, and what you need to shift in your thinking to come back into balance, you’ll be able to replace your fear with love.

    Learn more about cultivating the energy of love in your life while you’re also learning how to cleanse your body and quiet your mind at the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego and Austin, Texas.  We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

  • A Crash Course in Achieving Your Goals

    2014 Goals

    “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals; adjust the action steps.”

    – Confucius

    So now that we’re a few weeks into the New Year we have to ask – how are those resolutions holding up?

    The good news is we have some tips to help you adjust those action steps Confucius mentioned.

    You’ll need five 3×5 BLUE index cards, a pen with BLUE ink, a little imagination and a sincere desire to shift your life into gear.

    To get started, pick a specific goal or two in each of five key areas of your life:

    1. Mental/emotional
    2. Physical
    3. Social
    4. Spiritual
    5. Financial

    For instance, maybe you’d like to be more socially active, and spend quality time with new friends who are interested in meditation or raw foods.  Or perhaps you feel that with a little more planning and budgeting, you could get on solid financial ground this year. Maybe this is the time in your life you feel emotionally strong enough to heal that rift with a parent or sibling. You might desire to bring more gratitude and joy into your spiritual life, too.

    Focus on the specific goals for optimum health and wellness of your body, mind and spirit that your heart is telling you are most important.

    Now, take those blue index cards, write one of the headings at the top of each card (Mental/Emotional, Physical, Social, etc.), and fill in a goal or two for that area on that card.

    Twice a day – first thing in the morning, and right before you go to sleep – take out those five blue cards and read them, silently or aloud.  Be in the energy of those goals as you review them. Mentally see yourself taking the action steps towards fulfilling those goals.  Feel the excitement of getting closer and closer each day to achieving them.  Imagine how much richer, happier and more loving your life will be when you have made those goals your reality.

    Writing those heart-felt intentions in blue ink on blue cards is a clever way of giving you even more opportunity to achieve them.  A University of British Columbia study showed the color blue increases our ability to think creatively.  As you’re reviewing your goals twice daily, that shot of blue will encourage your brain to visualize yourself actually doing the activities on the card, dramatically increasing the likelihood you’ll follow through.

    The late neuroimmunologist Candace Pert, PhD, scientifically proved the ancient concept of “chakras,” or energy centers in the body.  Each of the seven major chakras influences a specific aspect of our lives, and has a corresponding color. The fifth chakra, which is located in the throat, is blue. This is the energy center which empowers us to communicate clearly, and use our will in a positive, focused way. By using both blue ink and blue cards, you’re getting a double dose of ‘will power’ energy every time you read your goals.

    You can find some of Dr. Pert’s work, including Molecules of Emotion and Your Body is Your Subconscious Mind , in the OHI Store.

    To further assist you in achieving your goals for optimum health in 2014, learn how to cleanse your body, quiet your mind and rejuvenate your spirit at the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego and Austin, Texas. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

  • Keeping Your Resolutions for Body, Mind, and Spirit

    New Year

    Best wishes for a happy 2014!  For help in keeping those healthy New Year’s Resolutions, you don’t have to look any further than the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) 5 Ps.

    Purpose:  Any resolutions you made certainly weren’t random – rather, each addressed specific things in your life you desired to shift into a new balance. By remembering the true purpose and desired result of each of those intentions, you can more easily dismiss any momentary distractions and stay on course.

    Positive Mental Attitude: “Do, or do not. There is no try.”  Even though he is mythical and green, Yoda’s words from the “Star Wars” movies ring true. When you believe you can make positive, practical changes in your behavior, you are empowered to do so. When the mind is focused and on track, the body and spirit come into alignment, too. Just believing you can accomplish your resolution is the major part of achieving your goal.

    Persistence:   You didn’t develop less than healthy habits in a day.  You’re not going to change them in a day, either. Those well-worn neurological pathways you wore into your brain don’t just disappear. Persistently sticking with a more positive alternative behavior, however, will definitely up your chances of keeping those resolutions. Instead of buying junk food, for instance, take a quick stroll around the block. Appreciating the beauty of nature with each step you take will nourish your soul while you’re honoring your body.

    Patience: We’re definitely an instant gratification kind of society. Patiently waiting for results, instead of being seen as a virtue, is virtually non-existent. This is a great year to start bucking the trend. Accept that good things worth doing or having take time. Be patient with yourself; anticipate there will probably be a few missteps on your path to positive change. Don’t dwell on them, but forgive yourself, and get back in step. “For everything, there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” Take the time.  Be patient. That’s how you get results that last.

    Prayer: Maybe the most daunting challenge for keeping resolutions is the feeling that you have to go alone. The good news is, you’re definitely NOT. When you ask for divine assistance in making positive changes in your life, you will receive it. Tapping into the power and grace of God through frequent prayer throughout your day will be a constant reminder you’re being blessed and supported in your resolve.

    No matter what your New Year’s resolutions were, resolve to make 2014 the year you learn more about the values and virtues that enrich your spirit while you’re also learning how to cleanse your body and quiet your mind at the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego and Austin, Texas.  We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

  • Understanding BPA and Its Dangers

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    BPA, or bisphenol A, is a chemical used in the manufacturing of certain plastics and everyday items. It is a problematic chemical in consumer products, because it can pose a number of dangers to your health—particularly when you are frequently exposed to items containing BPA. To help you avoid the health risks associated with BPA, here is a look at the important facts you should know.

    How BPA travels
    BPA is often used in food packaging materials such as plastic water bottles, plastic bags, and cans. It can seep into the food or beverages stored in these containers, leading to a wide range of health problems.

    Health risks
    The individuals most at risk for health problems associated with BPA are children and pregnant women, because BPA mimics the function of a hormone called estradiol. When chemicals mimic hormone functions in the body, the endocrine system fails to function properly and leaves the body vulnerable to certain diseases and side effects. Migraines are a common short term side effect of BPA exposure, and there are many more serious conditions to worry about with this chemical. BPA may cause certain cancers, raise the risk of heart disease, and inhibit brain development in children.

    How to avoid it
    Many food manufacturers are moving away from products containing BPA to offer safer materials to the public. However, it is still important to look for labels stating that products are “ BPA free .” You can also take better care when handling plastics containing BPA by avoiding heat from the sun or microwave. Glass and stainless steel are both great alternative materials for food storage, as they are free of harmful chemicals and last much longer than plastic.

    You can redesign your life with a healthier outlook by attending Optimum Health Institute’s three week-long holistic healing program. OHI utilizes teachings from 24 ancient spiritual disciplines to provide a unique learning experience that promotes healing of the body, mind, and spirit. To learn more about OHI, visit OptimumHealth.org or call (800) 993-4325.