• The Value of New Year’s Resolutions

    It’s that time of year again when people make a long list of resolutions, vowing to change everything they hate about themselves so they can finally be happy . Then, two weeks later, they hate themselves even more for abandoning that long list.

    By shifting how and why you create your resolutions, this can finally be the year you initiate – and stick with – positive, healthy change.

    First of all, it’s essential that your goal is in complete alignment with your values. If you’ve lived your life “settling,” or doing only what other people ask or expect of you, you might have to work a bit harder to discover exactly what your core values are. Here’s an exercise to help you find out:

    1. Write at the top of a page in your journal, “What is most important to me?” Don’t judge whatever comes to mind – just jot it down. Abundance, Compassion, Humility, Success, Faith, Justice, Peace, Spirituality, Health, Joy, Purpose…anything that matters to you, write it down.
    2. Now, spend some time contemplating exactly what each value looks like in your life. For instance, “Success” might mean you are able to live comfortably, and you are surrounded by your loving family and enthusiastic friends. The underlying core values can be “security” and “relationships.”
    3. After you’ve discovered the deeper core values, select about five that feel the most significant to you.

    Now, think of one thing you’d like to shift in your life that reinforces one of your top five core values. Create a realistic, measurable and meaningful goal, and jot down three action steps, with specific dates for completing each step, that will help you achieve that goal.

    By choosing a single objective instead of creating an overwhelming long list of resolutions, you’re already setting yourself up for achieving your goal. Making sure that your project resonates with your values at the core level, too, insures that you’ll be able to give it the attention and persistence it requires.

    Be patient with yourself, and reward yourself with positive self-talk as you make slow but steady progress towards your goal. Research has shown that celebrating small milestones encourages us to keep plugging away at that objective.

    Visual cues can also encourage us to stick with the plan. Post a picture of a happier, healthier you where you can see it daily. Write down your goal at least one time a day, and breathe in the sense of gratitude, satisfaction and pride you’ll feel when you accomplish it. Keeping the end in mind can be a powerful motivator.

    Find even more motivation and support at the Optimum Health Institute missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas. Our caring team can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health in the New Year. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

  • Week 3: Integrating into Wholeness

    By the time you begin Week 3 of the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) 21-day healing program, you’re already feeling like a whole new person . You have a new clarity and sense of purpose and direction in your life, and you feel accountable to yourself, and empowered to be your own health advocate, maybe for the first time.

    You’re released old thoughts and habits that no longer serve you. You eagerly look forward to each meal – not just for the fellowship of the prayer circle before entering the dining hall, but for your newly discovered preference for live, raw, organic vegan food. A craving for crunchy vegetables has replaced the old need for a quick sugar fix, and your energy level is through the roof.

    To help take all those positive new experiences even deeper, Week 3 at OHI was designed to support you in fully integrating all the new information, and giving you even more awareness of how your body, mind, emotions and spirit work together to create the state of your health. This is the week you get the support and structure you require to bring the healing OHI program home with you.

    Throughout the week, you’ll be preparing the raw foods buffet you’ll serve to appreciative Week 2 guests. You’ll learn how a dehydrator can transform raw fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts into nutrient-packed crackers, snacks and even “pizzas.” Through the process of fermentation, cabbage and other vegetables you prepare will transform into delicious, tangy and easily digestible dishes.

    You’ll receive detailed information on how to make the gradual transition from OHI’s 100% raw detoxification diet to the maintenance diet of 80% raw, 20% cooked food.

    In both the Advanced Alpha Techniques and Body Mind Connection classes, you’ll learn the differences between the conscious and subconscious minds, and how each impacts the way you behave. You’ll also discover how to tap into your creativity, intuition and emotional state to help bring balance and healing to the body, and deeper your spiritual connection to God. Through your personal experience, you’ll see how conscious breathing links body, mind and spirit together.

    Of course you’ll still have all the core classes you look forward to, like stretching, gentle exercise, circle times to share spiritual fellowship before meals, the release ceremony and inspirational testimonials on Friday morning.

    Make this the year you give yourself the gift of optimum health. Make your reservation for the entire 21-day OHI healing program, or one week at a time, at our missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas. Let our caring team can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for this New Year. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , or call us at (800) 993-4325 to book your stay.

  • Week 2: Discovering the Tools to Support Your Healing Journey

    Week two of the 21-day Optimum Health Institute (OHI) program is all about exploring new ways to make better choices in your life for a healthier body, mind and spirit . You’ll learn how to prepare those nutritious raw organic vegan meals you’ve been enjoying during your stay. Facilitators will guide you in some deep inner exploration that will help you discover your life purpose. You’ll also start to practice mindfulness, and feel on an even deeper level how the things you pay attention to will have a profound impact on your health and happiness.

    In addition, you’ll learn about the specific tools you’ll need to continue the healing OHI program at home.

    One of the reasons you begin to feel fantastic a few days into your visit is because each meal carefully combines specific raw foods to facilitate proper nutrition and digestion. Week 2 is when you’ll learn how to plan your menus, ferment vegetables and seeds, and activate the life force in sprout nuts, seeds, grains and beans through sprouting.

    You’ll feel “out standing in your field” as you learn the basics of organic gardening, and feel the deep cleansing of a home-made organic face mask.

    Focus classes will help you identify your core values and priorities, and define meaningful goals. Through conscious breathing, you’ll learn how to enter a meditative Alpha state, release stress, control pain, increase emotional awareness and even enhance concentration, all of which will facilitate your personal growth.

    Do you frequently feel misunderstood? Communication and Your Life is a Gift classes share appropriate ways to connect with others more effectively, and release unhealthy expectations.

    You’ll also have the opportunity to continue to enjoy the core classes that enrich your experience at OHI, like gentle exercise, circle times to share spiritual fellowship before meals, the release ceremony and inspirational testimonials on Friday morning.

    Experience all three weeks of OHI’s healing program, and transform your life. At our missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas, our caring team 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.