Developing Richness of Spirit

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Perhaps you’ve experienced it – that moment when a certain person walks into a room, and it’s as if all the lights were just turned on.   Their warmth, good humor and charisma radiate to everyone around them, and you feel such peace and connectedness in their presence.

That’s what “Richness of Spirit” is all about. 

While material wealth is all about accumulating “things,” spiritual wealth transcends possessions to focus on the higher values that nourish our soul.  So many people claim they didn’t know they grew up poor until someone else told them.  Their humble home was so full of love, laughter and compassion that they always felt abundance, not scarcity.  That’s exactly what living with a richness of spirit does – priorities shift, and material things just don’t have that hypnotic pull.

Another way to express it is sharing your blessings with others after you’ve overcome challenges to realize your dream.  A-list actor Leonardo  DiCaprio grew up in abject poverty in a dicey part of Los Angeles, surrounded by prostitutes, drug dealers and gang violence.  When his movie career took off, he immediately began sharing his new-found wealth with causes that had special meaning to him, including child and animal welfare, the environment and food banks.  Giving to others is a powerful way to enrich your spirit.

Any actions that contribute to your overall level of happiness and contentment will also enrich your spirit.  Expressing gratitude, which has been scientifically proven to make you happier, is one of the quickest ways to begin to enrich your spiritual connection to the divine.  Having faith in something greater than you, expressing compassion, sharing your enthusiasm and working to create positive, caring connections with others are guaranteed to raise your joy level while enriching your spirit.

Many of the classes offered at the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) were created to plug you into concepts and exercises empowering you to enhance your own spiritual richness.  Emotional and Mental Detoxification, “You” Validation, Self Esteem, Your Life is a Gift, Body Mind Connection and Advanced Alpha Techniques all focus on rising above any limitations of the physical body to connect to your Higher Self.

Experience the fulfillment of Richness of Spirit when you cleanse your body, quiet your mind and rejuvenate your spirit at the OHI missions 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.

OHI Austin Offers an Island of Peace

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Your OHI Austin experience will provide a safe and sacred place where you can escape your busy world and embrace peace and serenity. Leisurely strolls along our 1.5-mile, beautifully landscaped pathways invite you to meditate and center yourself. Concerns and stress will float away in our tranquil outdoor pool. The massaging flow of our hot tub will relax you while the warm water calms and helps restore your body, mind, and spirit.

Feel yourself winding down as the sun sets
As the daylight grows dim, you can spend alone-time or community in our inviting and inspiring Great Hall. You’ll dine on delicious fresh certified-organic raw food meals poolside or in our cozy dining room. At day’s end, you can retreat to your comfortable room to journal, read, meditate or sleep. OHI Austin is restorative, restful and life changing.

Expand your stay and explore Austin the city upcoming events
Before or after your OHI experience, consider extending your stay in the Austin area. Austin has long been famous for its music festivals, and now for its events of all kinds. Austin is a destination city, so you can take advantage of special fares from major airlines like Southwest , United, Jet Blue and Virgin America .

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Experience OHI Austin with some Texas-sized savings! For stays between  March 15, 2015  and May 30, 2015 , OHI is inviting our San Diego community members to experience our OHI Austin mission, with an easy way to save and gain optimum health:  

Save up to $390! When you stay in one of our select single-occupancy rooms , you pay tuition and save up to $390 on your room fees. That extra savings will go a long way when booking your flight!

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Our OHI Austin staff is looking forward to meeting you and sharing with you the OHI holistic healing program with Texas hospitality. For more information visit our website then call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

The Receiving End

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“Until we can receive with an open heart, we’re never really giving with an open heart.” 

— Brene Brown

“God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.”

— Billy Graham

Giving is easy.  Television, radio, magazines, even movie public service announcements tell us how our time and/or money can benefit a huge array of deserving issues.  Giving generously is an important spiritual discipline, and doing purposeful things, including giving, is one of the basic requirements of being happy in life.

With all the options and suggestions we receive, giving is easy.  It’s receiving that’s hard.

Too often we dismiss compliments because on some level, we don’t feel we deserve them.  Unfortunately, this knee-jerk reaction to deflecting praise easily segues into other aspects of our lives.  We won’t allow other people to do things for us.  We don’t want to be a “bother.”  Drill down deeper – and you’ll likely discover you don’t feel worthy of the gift someone is attempting to give to you.

Maybe you feel you’ll be obligated to give them something even bigger and better, or you feel vulnerable.  So you refuse to accept what’s being offered to you – even if what’s being offered is love.  After all, you might reason, maybe they’ll stop loving you, and eventually leave. The deflection you mistakenly think is keeping you “safe” in reality is keeping you “isolated.”

It’s time to heal that old behavior.

One of the most powerful classes taught in the body-mind-spirit program at the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) in San Diego and Austin, TX, is “You Validation.”  The entire class sits in a circle, and one person is picked to start off the exercise.  Their job is to listen as, one by one, the others in the circle pay them a compliment.  Their only response must be, “Thank you.” 

Whether it’s the shirt they’re wearing, or the way they helped someone during lunch, or a funny comment they made – whatever it is about them that’s being complimented, they can only reply, “Thank you.”  The exercise is always profoundly moving as people are forced to confront their own reluctance or even fear about accepting from others.  When they can release their resistance, the inner joy and validation they feel is transformational.

Author, speaker and life coach Martha Beck, who earned her master’s and PhD in sociology from Harvard, says we can’t be emotionally healthy without being able to receive.  If we don’t, she says, we will be remaining “…. chronically empty, prone to addiction, obsession, codependency, or an eternal psychological hunger that’s never quite satisfied.”1

An effective way to retrain yourself to be a gracious receiver, she suggests, is to pick something you’ve received – your beautiful hands, for instance, or a memento from a friend or loved one, or even the love that precipitated that memento.  Contemplate it, feel the emotion of it, and say, from the heart, “Thank you for this gift.”  Be in the moment to appreciate it, express deep gratitude, and reflect on how wonderful it feels to know you truly deserve this.  It can be the beginning of an empowered, joyful new way to live your life.

Learn more about experiencing validation and healthy balance when you cleanse your body, quiet your mind and rejuvenate your spirit at OHI.  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.

Easy-to-Grow Vegetables for Summer

Home-grown vegetables may encourage you to eat healthier and prepare more of your meals at home. The summer is the perfect time to start growing your own vegetables because so many plants thrive in the warm weather and consistent sunshine. Here is a look at the delicious vegetables you can grow with ease. 

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Radishes
You will want to keep radishes in partial shade and keep the soil moist. Plant them early in the summer and eat the radishes while they are still small. If the radishes grow too large, they will become bitter. These plants do best when they are planted next to other vegetables, as they keep the soil loose.

Zucchini
Zucchini plants have a high yield when the plants are picked early, as more vegetables will be produced when you pick them often. You can eat the flowers and the zucchini from the plant, which needs heavy watering and direct sunlight.

Lettuce
For fresh salads all summer long, plant your own lettuce in any variety. In cooler climates, lettuces like arugula thrive. However, make sure that the soil stays completely moist.

Basil
Garden fresh herbs will liven up any summer dish, and basil is a versatile option that will produce flavorful leaves in the warmest weather. Consistent watering, pruning, and plenty of sunlight will keep the leaves from wilting.

Cucumbers
Cucumbers may be potted or planted in the garden, and the seeds are typically started in the soil outside in the warmer months of spring. Cucumbers may be picked when they are small for pickling, or you might grow then a bit larger for other uses.

You might rethink your habits at home and start your own garden after completing the holistic healing program at Optimum Health Institute . OHI empowers guests to take charge of their health by bringing the body, mind and spirit into balance through prayer, fasting and exercise. Call (800) 993-4325 or visit www.OptimumHealth.org for more information about our program. 

Good Grief

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“Into each life some rain must fall.”

–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Without exception, each and every one of us is going to experience deep sorrow at some point.   The death of a loved one, a job loss, divorce, financial or medical hardships – whatever the circumstances, we will grieve for what was, and what might have been.

No matter what triggered the pain, one thing is certain – keeping it bottled up is going to eventually take a toll physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Repressed grief not only compromises our immune system – it can literally lead to death.  The late neuroimmunologist Dr. Candace Pert scientifically proved the human body has seven major centers of consciousness, or chakras, each corresponding to an endocrine gland.  The heart chakra is the center of our emotions, and it corresponds to the thymus, which is the master controller of our immune system.  Any emotional trauma weakens our immune system, and our ability to fight off illness.

Besides the physical consequences of holding in sorrow, the death of a loved one might cause the grieving spouse or family member to retreat into self-imposed isolation.  The combination of seclusion, depression and failure to acknowledge their loss results in a shockingly high rate of suicide.

Thankfully there are many positive, effective ways to navigate painful life passages, and truly experience “good grief.”

The first actually comes from the phrase, “good grief.”  It’s a version of “Good God” or “Good Lord,” which is the beginning of the litany, “Good Lord, deliver us” from hardship.  Asking for God’s help in getting through your sorrow is a powerful, effective way to start to heal.

A psychiatrist described another grieving process as “paradoxical.”  He suggested encouraging the bereaved to go through photos and belongings of the loved one, sharing rich memories along with the tears.

“It’s both letting go and holding on, “ he explained.  “It’s a way of integrating all those happy memories into yourself, permanently making the departed loved one a part of you.”  He also cautioned against expecting a mourning period to last a specific amount of time, or be expressed in a precise way.

“People have been criticized for either remarrying too quickly, or holding on to their grief for too long,” he said.  “Each of us handles grief differently.  There is no single standard.”

“If you stay stuck in the trauma that might have surrounded a person’s death,” counseled a certified funeral celebrant, “you can more easily stay stuck in your grief.  Grab hold of that grief – feel it, go through it, know it’s OK to be sad.  Then recognize the gift that they were here.

“It’s important to remember how your loved one lived, not just how they died.  Remember the happy things — all the people they touched, all the things they did, and how they left a beautiful legacy.”

If you feel you or someone you care about is getting stuck and isolated in their grieving process, here are some positive steps to take: 

  1. Give your grief to God, and ask for His help in healing your broken heart.  If you have a minister, rabbi or counselor, share your sorrow with them.  They’re trained in how to help you navigate the hurt.
  2. Take a daily walk outside.  The combination of gentle exercise with being in nature is quite healing.
  3. Do something nice for someone else in your loved one’s name.  Donate some of their possessions to Goodwill.  See if a local school might be interested in their books or musical instruments. 
  4. Bring beauty back into your life.  Visit an art gallery. Stroll through a botanical garden. Have fresh cut flowers on your dining room table.  Listen to classical music.
  5. Open your heart and your mind to new experiences.  Take a class.  Join a community choir or theater group.  Volunteer with an organization that’s close to your heart.
  6. Journal your feelings.  Remember to make lists of all the things you are grateful for during the time you shared together.

The important thing to remember is your grief is a passage, not a new way of life.  Be gentle with yourself, honor your feelings of sorrow, but gradually bring your attention back to being actively engaged in the present.  You are blessed that you experienced deep love. 

Learn more about bringing healthy balance into your life when you cleanse your body, quiet your mind and rejuvenate your spirit 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.

Bringing People Into Wholeness

Optimum Health Institute is a comprehensive center that promotes healing and overall wellness. We have two locations where our God-centered holistic healing program is offered.

This video features testimonials from participants of the holistic healing program at the San Diego and Austin locations of Optimum Health Institute. You will also hear from our Senior Pastor and Chairman, Robert P. Nees about our history and mission to improve the mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing of everyone we touch. Watch this full clip to get a glimpse of the different aspects of the program that promote healing for the body, mind, and spirit.

At  Optimum Health Institute , our faith-based healing program can help individuals achieve a balanced lifestyle through holistic practices. To learn more about the holistic healing program offered at both our San Diego and Austin centers, call us today at (800) 993-4325.