• Spiritual Fellowship Key for Optimum Health

    When an author and business consultant moved to a different state, she immediately started looking for new friends who shared her heart-centered, spiritual way of looking at the world . In short order, at various community events and workshops, she hit it off with an advertising executive, an acupuncturist, a dental hygienist, a couple who flipped houses, a real estate inspector, an artist and a retired couple.

    While all were from quite different fields, they each were positive, compassionate professionals with a desire to express their spiritual values in every aspect of their life.

    What would happen, she wondered, if she brought all of them together for a potluck dinner, and a discussion about their favorite form of meditation? All were agreeable to getting together for an evening of getting to know each other. To everyone’s delight, they discovered they had many common spiritual interests besides meditation – how to best be of service, switching to a vegetarian diet, studying other religions, an ironic sense of humor, making music – the lists went on and on.

    They mutually decided to gather monthly at each other’s homes to share ideas, laugh, meditate and support one another. This “Vibe Tribe” evolved into a close-knit community that, years later, still connects. The friendships formed on that first evening they all met continue to nourish, support and celebrate each other’s lives.

    Actively cultivating spiritual community and fellowship isn’t just about having something to do, say social scientists. Close friends and a like-minded, supportive tribe help people have a stronger immune system, a happier, more optimistic disposition, less anxiety and depression, and more empathy. They also have a 50% chance of living a longer, more contented life.

    Humans place such a high value on community, love and appreciation that being rejected or isolated socially have the same effect on the brain as physical pain.

    Cultivate your own “tribe” by volunteering at events that speak to your heart. Look for classes or presentations addressing issues that mirror your own interests, like raw foods, organic gardening or mentoring young people. Attend spiritual or religious services, and see what kind of spin-off groups are offered.

    Investing the time in growing meaningful connections is a smart investment in optimum health.

    Experience the healing power of spiritual fellowship when you spend a week, or two, or three at Optimum Health Institute missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas. Come help us celebrate 40 Years of Holistic Healing. Our caring team will give you the tools, encouragement and inspiration to detoxify your body, quiet your mind and rejuvenate your spirit while you are surrounded in serene beauty. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

  • Give Yourself the Gift of Extra Time to Heal

    When Sally O’Brien consulted a medical intuitive in Chicago, the woman advised Sally to attend all three weeks of the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) holistic healing program. She explained the first week of the program focused on detoxifying and alkalizing the body, while the second week helped guests process deep emotional baggage. The third week went deeper in all areas of body, mind, emotions and spirit healing, and helped guests process and integrate all the new information.

    A Seattle area chaplain and holistic healer with a master’s degree in theology, Sally assured the intuitive she had already done all her emotional work but decided to follow the woman’s advice and sign up for the entire 21 days. That decision, Sally now says, changed her entire life.

    Sally had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis years earlier and had done a lot of work with both eastern and western medicine to attack the disease on all fronts. She rarely needed a wheelchair, and effectively counseled and inspired a full roster of students and clients, including hospitals.

    Sally enthusiastically sailed through the first week at OHI. Although she was already an advocate of healthy eating, she said she had no idea of the crucial importance of achieving, and maintaining, an alkaline balance in the body.

    Her real breakthrough, though, didn’t happen until 10 days into the holistic healing program. It was when OHI Austin Program Director Cheryl Green asked guests in her Emotional Detox class to each name a positive emotion. One of the participants said, “Safety.” While Sally had never thought of “safety” as a positive emotion, it resonated for her, and she chose to focus on that during Cheryl’s guided meditation. Deep in an Alpha state, Sally realized she never really HAD felt safe, and her body had a visceral response. The emotions percolated up with such intensity that Sally began sobbing, and couldn’t contain her feelings. She felt she had to leave the room.

    “I teach classes in this,” Sally said. “It was the first time I grasped that I never felt safe. To realize something so profound about yourself is the very definition of an ‘ah-ha’ moment.” For decades, she had repressed her emotions and fears about abusive situations in her past. Not feeling safe, she suddenly understood, was why she had trust issues. The following day she had a colonic and found out she also had candida. It released during her session.

    “I’m very intuitive,” Sally said, “and my body is very good about telling me, when it’s the right time, what is going on. I’ve been doing this for years – I’m a chaplain. If it took me a week and a half, it’s going to take a lot of people at least that amount of time to really integrate their body, mind, emotions and spirit.”

    While Sally’s courage to face her fears was transformational, she also credits Cheryl for offering the perfect support and compassion. Sally is able to apply her newfound awareness to her counseling and healing work, and knows she’ll be able to help people on a much deeper and more profound level. She’s continuing to follow many of the OHI holistic healing guidelines, and recommends a visit to OHI – for at least two weeks! – to anyone desiring to heal their life.

    Transform your world when you give yourself the gift of enough time to heal your body, mind, emotions and spirit with an extra week stay at OHI. Come help us celebrate 40 Years of Holistic Healing. Our caring team will give you the tools, encouragement, and inspiration to detoxify your body, quiet your mind and rejuvenate your spirit while you are surrounded in serene beauty. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

  • OHI Salutes Fathers

    What makes a father a dad? People around the country shared their thoughts.

    From a minister:

    “My father was a very positive person and moved mountains to create his dreams. He used to tell me, ‘You can do anything you put your mind to!’

    When I was about to graduate from college, I still had no idea what kind of work I wanted to do but knew I wanted to work with ‘helping people’ in some way. Just a month away from my graduation I frantically told my father – ‘I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up,’ knowing that Dad would have just the right sage advice. Dad responded, ‘I don’t either!’

    At the time it was not reassuring that even Dad, so grown-up and a respected businessman, did not know what he wanted to be. However, he laughed and told me that most people don’t know at the tender age of 21. He reassured me that if I could just trust that LIFE would show me through experience – and following my heart – the opportunities that were right for me would appear. He also said it was OK to change my mind along the way! I felt so relieved as this seemed to make so much sense to me. And 37 years later…I would still agree. Thanks Dad!!!”

    From an executive with a national nursing association:

    “My Dad has always been an amazing example across the board. He taught me to respect all people and set an example that integrity extends from the CEO to the roughnecks working on the rigs. As we leaned this, we also saw how to give of ourselves, knowing it would come back even bigger, and when we most needed it.

    He also instilled in us that there is always more than one way to do just about anything. This gave me my knack for outside the box thinking and problem solving. Even what seem like YES/NO questions often have more than the two obvious answers/solutions.

    But what has always stood out is that through example and practice, my Dad raised my brother and me to be self-sufficient. Once we made it on our own, he stood back and let us fly. Even times when we might be headed for disaster, he allowed us to live our own lives, knowing we had the skills to thrive. He never said ‘I TOLD YOU SO!’ Each time we fall he is there to help us learn the lesson, regroup and keep going. He believes in us!”

    From a yoga teacher:

    “My father passed away when I was little, but I remember he always did things he didn’t want to do to make me happy. There are pictures of this rough ‘manly man’ carrying these naked dolls for me at the lake….”

    From a financial manager:

    “So many wonderful things my dad did for me! Giving me an allowance and making me abide by it so I could learn to manage money. Encouraging me to go to college and making it possible. But one piece of advice he gave me will always stick with me. When I’m stressing about something, he told me to pick a date on the calendar a week or two ahead. Until that date I picked comes, I’m not allowed to think about the problem. Ninety-nine percent of the time the problem won’t nearly seem as big when you’ve taken a break away from it, the answer will become obvious, or the problem will have resolved itself. And he was right!”

    From a college professor:

    “I took a math test in first grade and should have gotten a 100. Instead, the nun gave me a 94%. I tried to tell her, but she wouldn’t listen. I cried the whole six-block walk home. I told my mother. She told me I still had an A. That made me cry even more.

    I took my wet crumpled paper to the porch to wait for my dad. I knew he would understand. He drove up right at 5pm as always. I was crying and pointing at the paper because I couldn’t speak the words to explain. He understood…and drove me straight to the convent. He explained what happened to the nun. She apologized directly to me and changed the grade on the spot! I will always remember that!”

    To all the dads, and the parents or guardians fulfilling that role, we at Optimum Health Institute (OHI) salute you.

    Why not show your dad how much he means to you by gifting him with a visit to an OHI healing mission in San Diego or Austin, Texas? We’re celebrating 40 Years of Holistic Healing this year. Our caring team will help him achieve his 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 a reservation.

  • Here Comes the Sun… OHI Austin is All Right

    It’s been a wet season so far for many parts of Texas, but thankfully, Optimum Health Institute (OHI) Austin was spared the brunt of the recent storms. There truly was a silver lining to every cloud — the soaking rains nourished the organic gardens, patches of wildflowers and lush landscaping without causing any damage to the winding trails, main lodge or pool and spa.

    The inviting lawns sprawling within the 14 wooded acres are greener than ever, and beckon sunbathers to enjoy the blue skies and light breezes. Even OHI Austin’s resident roadrunner and his family are enjoying the lovely weather.

    Relax, refresh and renew your commitment to achieving optimum health with the support of our caring team. Come help us celebrate 40 Years of Holistic Healing. We’ll give you the tools, encouragement, and inspiration to detoxify your body, quiet your mind and rejuvenate your spirit while you are surrounded in the serene beauty of OHI Austin. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

  • The Grassroots Momentum at OHI

    Since Bob Sr. and Pam Nees, along with Raychel Solomon, created the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) 40 years ago, it’s grown through a grassroots effort – wheatgrass roots, that is . One of the key components of the OHI holistic healing program has always been detoxifying the body, and the founders knew drinking at least two ounces of wheatgrass juice twice daily would help guests clean their system quickly.

    Besides its known detoxifying abilities, wheatgrass juice has been recognized as one of the most nutritionally complete and important foods we can consume. It delivers nine of the 11 essential amino acids that the body cannot produce. The chlorophyll in wheatgrass juice has over 100 elements required by the human body, along with vitamins A, E and B, with a healthy dose of Calcium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron and Zinc.

    Dan Strobhar, OHI San Diego Garden Manager and Senior Facilitator, has been an active member of the OHI community since 1987. He’s in charge of what has been dubbed “The Wheatgrass Cathedral” – the building where Dan oversees the planting and cultivation of all the wheatgrass and sunflower, buckwheat and pea sprouts guests consume.

    “We go through roughly 65 trays of wheatgrass every day,” Dan said. “It takes about eight days from planting the seeds to being able to harvest the grass.” Dan estimates OHI guests drink about 15 gallons of wheatgrass juice a day and 54,000 gallons each year. That means since opening day, OHI has grown nearly 876,000 trays of wheatgrass, yielding roughly 2 million gallons of wheatgrass juice – enough to fill about three and a half Olympic-size swimming pools.

    The guest who still holds the record for the greatest amount of wheatgrass juice consumed in a day, said Dan, was an actor who used to play an alien on the original Star Trek television series in the sixties. The guest, who stood a towering 6’11,” daily drank 48 ounces. He joked he was trying to turn himself green.

    In addition to the healing properties of drinking wheatgrass juice, the healing plant is used as a soothing poultice. After the juice has been expressed, guests will frequently take the blades of grass and apply them directly to the skin.

    One of the reasons guests experience consistently positive results with the wheatgrass, Dan said, is because from day one, OHI invested in the highest quality organic seeds from a Nebraska family farm. “You can get cheaper organic wheatgrass seeds,” Dan said, “but OHI prefers to supply guests with the best available. We’ve used the same supplier from the beginning.”

    When was your first visit to OHI San Diego or OHI Austin, Texas, and what was your first impression of wheatgrass juice? As part of our growing OHI community, you have a story to share – and not just about wheatgrass! — and we’d love to hear it. Tell us about your experience on our facebook pages at Optimum Health Institute of San Diego or Optimum Health Institute of Austin.

    Then, come back to OHI as we celebrate 40 Years of Holistic Healing , and let our caring team 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.