• Freedom to Make Healthy Choices

    It was 200 years after the Declaration of Independence recognized our rights to “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” that Optimum Health Institute (OHI) was launched. As we continue our celebration of “40 Years of Holistic Healing,” we mark this 4 th of July by recognizing our right to declare our independence from harmful old habits, and embrace our freedom to pursue optimum health.

    Here are some mindful ways to transition into a healthier, happier lifestyle:

    1. Breathe! – When you catch yourself falling into an old unwanted habit, stop and take three deep, mindful breaths. You will instantly refocus your mind and break the old pattern.
    1. Watch your words – Things your conscious mind says are immediately taken literally by your subconscious mind. Choose empowering, constructive language to motivate yourself and inspire positive action.
    1. Break state physically – Take a deep breath and raise your arms high over your head on the inhale, then bring your arms back to your sides on the exhale. Stretching brings you back into conscious awareness of what your body is doing, and helps you regain control over a bad habit.
    1. Be grateful – Instead of reaching for a sugary treat or a cigarette, stop, breathe, and think of something for which you are grateful. Close friends, loving family, this beautiful day – shifting your consciousness into a state of gratitude effectively diverts your attention away from the old harmful behavior.
    1. Celebrate victories – After you’ve declared your independence from unhealthy habits, every night before bed, take a moment to review your three most positive choices that day. Congratulate yourself, and realize you’re making real progress. You didn’t develop bad habits overnight, and you won’t change them overnight, either. But you’re definitely on your way!

    Declare your independence from unhealthy choices with a one, two or three week stay at OHI San Diego or OHI Austin. Take advantage of Optimum Summer Retreat multiple-week special offer through the week beginning 9-10-17. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

  • The Power of Your Words

    When we carelessly say something that diminishes us in some way, even if we’re just joking, our subconscious mind picks up that energy and it becomes our reality. For instance, someone says, “You’re really good at yoga,” and we instinctively reply, “Oh, no! I’m a real klutz!” What we’ve just done wounds our self-esteem, and affirms that we never will be able to execute a respectable Downward Dog or Salutation to the Sun.

    How many times a day do we sabotage ourselves by carelessly choosing words that can keep us feeling stuck, or powerless? When we say we “might” do something, or we’ll “try,” we’re embracing a very passive attitude that certainly doesn’t inspire any active effort to accomplish it. Words like “never,” “always,” “can’t” and “might” also send strong messages to our subconscious that we’re not going to accomplish our goal, and it’s useless to try.

    Thankfully, we can reprogram our minds and boost our self-confidence by simply using more assertive words. When we switch “I might” to “I will,” we see how quickly that simple change can click us into gear.

    The “You Validation” first-week class at the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) is a beautiful example of the power of recalibrating words for mental and spiritual empowerment.

    During the profound class experience, one by one, each person must listen to all the other people in the circle saying something nice about them – anything from “You are so friendly every time I see you,” to “It’s inspiring to hear you share your story.” Instead of being able to brush off the compliments or shoot them down with a self-deprecating remark, the person in the spotlight can only say, “Thank you!”

    It’s overwhelming, sometimes embarrassing, and ultimately very healing to be able to hear nice things about ourselves, and to accept them as reality. Through the You Validation class, people have permanently changed their perspective about themselves, and started to win at the word game.

    When we understand the power of our words, we are able to create affirmations to effectively guide us on our spiritual path, and nourish our minds.

    “Affirmations are like planning seeds in the ground,” explains Louise Hay, author and spiritual visionary. “It takes some time to go from a seed to a full-grown plant. And so it is with affirmations…it takes some time from the first declaration to the final demonstration. So be patient.”

    Experience the power of positive words and affirmations with a one, two or three week stay at OHI in San Diego or Austin, Texas. Come help us celebrate 40 years of holistic healing, and take advantage of Optimum Summer Retreat multiple-week special offer through the week beginning 9-10-17. You’ll receive a special gift to nourish your mind, including a deck of Louise Hay’s Power Thought Cards with 64 healing affirmations. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

  • Meditation is the Gift You Give Yourself

    No matter how stressed or scattered you feel, an instant solution for serenity, clarity and peace is right in front of your nose. Close your eyes and take a long, slow, deep breath. Now release it, slowly. Do that two more times.

    You just gave yourself the gift of touching into the meditative Alpha state, where you’re automatically releasing stress and negative feelings, increasing self-confidence and awareness, and bringing the body, mind and spirit into gentle balance. By mindfully turning your focus inward, you can feel energized, tune out distractions, solve problems and get clarity.

    Alpha meditation is not a “one-size-fits-all” practice. From sitting in mindful silence, to listening to a guided visualization, to toning in a big group to simply lying quietly in bed a few minutes before you get up, meditation is anything that lets you quiet your mind through contemplation and reflection.

    While it’s a deeply personal and self-affirming exercise, meditation is proving it’s also a valuable tool for defusing tensions and sparking creativity for groups.

    In some communities, police officers meditate with members of the community. Fortune 500 companies like Ford, Google, and General Mills teach and encourage meditation for their executives and employees. Even professional sports teams frequently meditate before a game.

    Optimum Health Institute (OHI) teaches the Alpha method to enter a meditative state. Sit straight with your feet firmly on the floor, place your thumb, index finger and middle finger together, and rest your hands, palms up, on your legs. Close your eyes and focus on your breath. You can repeat a word or phrase that has meaning for you, like “peace,” “I am surrounded in light,” or “love.” Imagine a relaxing sensation, like a wave of tranquil water, start at the crown of your head and gently flow through your entire body, exiting at your feet.

    Slowly repeat your phrase, or just count, as you drift into a state of complete relaxation. At this point of deep receptivity, you can focus on a specific intent – like resolving a conflict, pain control or forgiveness – or simply continue conscious breathing and heightened awareness.

    When you have completed your meditation, take a deep breath, and affirm, “Every day in every way I am getting better and better, healthier and healthier, happier and happier.” Slowly count from one to five, becoming more alert with each number. Take a moment to reflect on insights you may have received in the Alpha state.

    Alpha meditation is just one of the transformative things you will learn during a visit to OHI in San Diego or Austin, Texas. Come help us celebrate 40 years of holistic healing, and take advantage of Optimum Summer Retreat multiple-week special deals through the week beginning 9-10-17. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.