• There’s Holiday Magic in the Air at OHI

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    A special magic is in the air at the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) during the holiday season.   There’s a spectacular 12-foot-tall poinsettia tree at OHI San Diego, and individual poinsettias line the Great Hall at OHI Austin.  Hundreds of thousands of tiny white lights are woven through the landscape at OHI San Diego.

    While the decorations are lovely, the real magic is created by the OHI guests. 

    Many, say members of the OHI team, have made a return trip to OHI in December or January a holiday tradition.

    “At least 75% of the people at OHI San Diego during Christmas week are repeat guests,” said Dan Strobhar, OHI’s Garden Manager and Senior Facilitator.  Dan himself is marking his 29th Christmas with OHI.  He joined the team in December of 1985.

    People want to get away from commercialism and give themselves the gift of balancing body, mind and spirit with a like-minded community.

    Cheryl Green, OHI Austin’s Program Director and a 17-year OHI veteran, agrees.

    “Christmas week is very reflective and sweet,” Cheryl said, “while the energy around New Year’s is full of anticipation and excitement. The entire time, there’s a happy feeling of gratitude, and a rich spiritual fellowship.”

    Cheryl said there’s also a lot of room for humor during the holidays.  One frequent guest even brought a blow-up turkey, which she gifted to OHI.  Now, every year on the holiday dining table, there’s a faux Tom perched next to the sprouts and seed cheese.  It never fails to bring a lot of smiles and laughter.

    Share the season with us, and experience the beauty and grace of an OHI holiday retreat.  It’s the perfect time to detoxify the body, quiet the mind and celebrate the spirit with like-minded people at the OHI missions in San Diego or Austin.  We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health, and get your New Year off to a healthy start. Visit us online at www.optimumhealth.org , or call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

  • A Time for Gratitude

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    Here’s a quick little daily exercise guaranteed to help you turn your life into a happier, healthier, more loving adventure.  Every night before you fall asleep, think of the three most wonderful things that happened to you that day.

    That’s it.

    When you lock in even a few minutes each night to review the best moments of your day, you automatically begin to cultivate a constant “attitude of gratitude.”  Instead of waking up thinking, “What can go wrong today?” you’re already focusing on what’s going to go  style=”padding: 0px; margin: 0px;”>right . It’s the positive things you’re consciously choosing to dwell on and remember – in fact, you’ll be actively looking for them for the next 12+ hours.  Sure, other more challenging things will happen in the course of the day, but those won’t be the moments you’ll keep churning around in your mind.  Instead, you’ll be anticipating, and then experiencing, a steady flow of things to feel grateful about – day after happy day.

    The Greek philosopher Plato summed it up beautifully: “ A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.”   By being thankful for the good things you have, you’ll automatically attract more good things into your life.

    Gratitude isn’t just a warm feeling – it’s considered the parent of all the spiritual virtues in Judeo-Christian tradition.  Both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are filled with verses encouraging the faithful to have grateful hearts, and express gratitude for their many blessings.

    It’s also a key component of Native American spirituality.  When the Wampanoag Indians at the First Thanksgiving presented the pilgrims with cornucopias of vegetables, they were actually illustrating the Law of Gratitude.  They believed when people on earth thanked Great Spirit for their blessings, even before those blessings materialized, they were creating the sacred space for those blessings to come to them.  The pointed tip of the woven cornucopia represented the place where Great Spirit dwelled.  By expressing their gratitude to their Creator, the Indians felt they created an energetic cone that extended from Great Spirit down to them on Earth, and showered them with abundance, as evidenced by the “horn of plenty” brimming with food. 

    Gratitude does more than nurture the spirit – it has mental, emotional and even physical benefits.

    Scientific studies have shown that grateful people are happier and more satisfied in both their personal and professional lives, have more positive relationships, and are quicker to forgive.  They’re less stressed, jealous, depressed and anxious, and more likely to “not sweat the little things.”

    Those who choose to feel and express gratitude in general experience greater psychological well-being over those who focus on the negative.  This gives grateful people better ways of coping with challenges, and more ability to learn and grown from these experiences.  They tend to have more self-respect and a greater sense of purpose in their lives, which fosters a more positive attitude.

    The body also benefits from a conscious attitude of gratitude.  Those who are more optimistic and grateful experience fewer sleep disorders, better immune function and even a healthier heart rate – all measurable side benefits of thankfulness.

    Prove it to yourself, and tonight, review the three things for which you felt the most gratitude today. You’ll probably immediately experience a deeper, more restful sleep tonight, and  eagerly start your day tomorrow on the lookout for still more positive things to reflect on tomorrow night.

    It’s just another way to confirm that when your body, mind, and spirit are aligned, you can achieve good health. If you are looking for a holistic healing program, visit  Optimum Health Institute   (link to www.optimumhealth.org ) in San Diego or Austin, TX. We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health in 2013. Call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

  • Tips for Fighting Fatigue

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    Balancing all aspects of your life and keeping a level head can be draining—especially if you fill your schedule with obligations from the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed. When you ask this much of yourself, you can begin to feel the constant drain of fatigue that slows you down and zaps your energy. Apart from easing your workload and taking more time for yourself, you can combat fatigue by following these simple tips for feeling refreshed and energized.

    Only wake up once in the morning
    If you find yourself fighting the alarm clock every morning, hitting the snooze button again and again, you might benefit from moving the alarm clock away from your bedside. This will force you to get out of bed to turn off the alarm and get started with your day. Falling back asleep over and over will make you feel more tired and groggy once you do finally get out of bed.

    Maintain a consistent bedtime
    Part of waking up refreshed every morning is getting enough sleep at night. Those who go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time each morning are more likely to have sustained energy throughout the day. Even if you do not need to be up early on weekends, your sleep cycle will benefit if you wake up at the same time on the weekends as you do on weekdays.

    Drink more water
    You might be surprised how much of a difference a few glasses of water will make for your energy levels. When the body is dehydrated, physical performance is impaired, and energy is wasted, you may feel incredibly tired when you aren’t getting enough water. Instead of reaching for coffee, energy drinks, and caffeinated teas (all of which can lead to caffeine dependence and cause extra stress for your liver), reach for a big glass of water when you first get up.

    Start your day with activity
    Exercise releases chemicals in the brain that promote a positive mood and ongoing energy. Days that begin with light stretching or a short walk may go much better because you will not have a drag of afternoon fatigue or early morning stress.

    With Optimum Health Institute’s holistic healing program , you can become empowered with ancient healing practices taught through interactive classes over three week-long sessions. You can explore our program in detail at OptimumHealth.org or call us directly at (800) 993-4325.          

  • How Your Posture Influences Your Health

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    Posture is not often discussed when it comes to improving health and reducing the likelihood of common conditions such as poor blood circulation . However, the way you carry yourself does make a significant difference. When you have good posture, you will experience better health.

    Poor posture can amplify depression
    Studies have linked poor posture with hormone deficiencies related to clinical depression, which means that standing up straight may be necessary for proper brain function. Plus, those with better posture tend to be more active individuals, and physical activity is the best way to fight depression. As you move and strengthen the muscles of your body, your mood improves, and you have more energy to stay active.

    Slouching may lead to digestive discomfort
    Slouching and constant sitting can create physical health problems in addition to psychological concerns. If you are sitting down for extended periods or you don’t tend to keep your spine in a neutral position while standing, you might have some digestive discomfort, including constipation. Poor posture pushes organs around inside the body, creating pressure in the intestinal tract.

    Posture guides your spine health
    As you might expect, moving with poor posture increases the impact of daily activities on your spine. This added pressure can weaken the structure of the spine, leading to pain and stiffness that can be debilitating. You may also suffer from pain and discomfort in other areas of the body as nerve signals in the spinal cord are blocked by subluxation.

    Uneven posture can hinder blood circulation
    All the tissues in your body need oxygenated blood to function properly, but they may not get enough if you sit with crossed legs, slouch while standing, or jerk your head forward while sitting or standing. On a metaphysical level, you may consider the unseen energy that flows through the body along the pathways of the circulatory and nervous systems. As poor posture results in blockages of these systems, energy cannot flow freely.

    At Optimum Health Institute , we guide our guests through a multi-week holistic healing program that emphasizes natural and simple ways to improve personal health. Learn how we can help you cleanse your body, quiet your mind, and rejuvenate your spirit by calling (800) 993-4325 or visiting our website.