The Earth has a sacred rhythm that flows through all of creation, including each of us. The further removed we are from the rhythms and flow of Earth’s energy, the more out of balance we become. The more connected we feel to this flow, this divine heartbeat of life, the closer we become to God.
That’s why moving meditations, where we’re consciously breathing and directing our bodies in rhythm with our mind and spirit, are an ancient and powerful method of prayer in cultures around the world. These moving prayers anchor us to the Earth, and set our Chi, or life energy, in synergistic motion with the planet.
One example of prayers in motion is the Native American powwow. The heart-beat rhythm of the drum calls to the dancers, and their silver jewelry sparkles in the sunlight as they move in unison around the arena, holding feather fans against their beaded tunics. The women and men stomp, weave and turn in perfect rhythm to the same traditional songs their ancestors did.
This timeless gathering of Native Americans is not a “dance” – rather it’s prayer in motion, a moving meditation to celebrate the Earth and express gratitude to the Creator for their many blessings.
Another example of moving meditation as a spiritual observances is the Sufi Whirling Dervish dance, started by devotees of the Persian poet and theologian Rumi.
The ancient practices of yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong are all about specific stretches and moves to circulate Chi throughout the body, and mindful breathing to align body, mind and spirit in a meditative state.
Since the Renaissance, churches and cathedrals have frequently included labyrinths laid into the floor to provide a pattern for priests and parishioners to walk along in a prayerful state. This, and all the other types of moving meditation, can facilitate the user entering more quickly into a contemplative alpha state.
We at the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) believe prayer is one of the most important spiritual disciplines we can practice. Whether it’s gathered with others in a circle before mealtimes, or cloistered in your own thoughts as you have a private conversation with God, or a moving meditation, like a contemplative walk around the grounds or an exercise class – all these forms of prayer and meditation deepen your connection to God.
In fact, any time you start to lose your sense of the rhythms of the Earth, do your mindful breathing, and start putting your prayers in motion. It’s a time-honored, sacred way to get back into balance, and renew your connection to God.
When your body, mind, and spirit are aligned, you can achieve good health. If you are looking for a holistic healing program, in San Diego or Austin, visit Optimum Health Institute . We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health. Call us at (800) 588-0809 to learn more.
On Monday, May 27th at 3pm (local time), all Americans wherever they might be are invited to pause for a minute of silence to remember the women and men who gave their lives in service to our country.
Through this simple act, we become a single community, joined together in our mutual gratitude and reverence for those who have died defending The United States. From the soldiers who fought on both sides of the American Civil War to those who have died in more recent battles, all who made the ultimate sacrifice are remembered and memorialized on this day of observance.
In star-spangled ceremonies around the country, American flags are respectfully lowered to half-staff in the morning, then raised to their full height in the afternoon. The action honors the sacrifices of the dead, and symbolizes that the commitment to fight to protect our nation’s freedom lives on.
When we honor someone, we’re acknowledging our faith in something greater than us. We’re recognizing that meritorious service, sacrifice, personal integrity and morality are to be respected and appreciated. We experience how the act of honoring others can bring us a sense of connection, peace and sacred continuity that endures even beyond physical death.
Those upon whom we bestow honor inspire and motivate us, and receive our gratitude. We acknowledge their leadership and importance in our lives.
As we honor others, we bring honor to ourselves. The commendable things we recognize in our war heroes and role models become the very values we start to model in our own behavior. Noting the integrity and leadership in another both consciously and subconsciously shifts our focus to see those values in ourselves, too. Our gratitude and reverence for them becomes the lens through which we begin to see our own lives.
This Memorial Day, while we’re honoring those who have lead the way, we have an opportunity to simultaneously honor ourselves by making smart choices to honor our own bodies, minds, and spirits. Why limit this elevated awareness to a single day? EVERY day is the perfect time to honor ourselves, and live in the optimum joy of a purposeful, spiritual connection.
Learning how to make that connection in your body, mind, and spirit is what we share at the Optimum Health Institute. Honor yourself in a transformative environment at our missions in San Diego or Austin. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , and call us at (800) 588-0809 to make your reservation.
Because of You, People are Healing, HOWEVER…there are more people than ever before with serious health opportunities. Last year your donations made it possible for OHI to provide 97 scholarships. This year we’ve increased our goal significantly. Word has spread of the good work you’ve enabled us to do, and many more people with critical health opportunities are reaching out to us for help.
I would like to thank you for your past donations. As a loyal friend to our healing mission, you have made a difference in the lives of those who cannot afford our program.
Your generosity to the OHI Scholarship Fund, has made it possible for people with severe health opportunities to begin the process of healing body, mind and spirit.
And this year, I am asking you to help out again with a tax-deductible gift that will help even more people.
Share the Love, Share the Feeling, Share the Gift of Healing
The OHI community relies on acts of kindness and generosity from people like you to support those in need. Our goal is to provide 350 scholarships which means we must raise $500,000 by year end. Your continued backing will make this vital effort possible.
Celebrate Your OHI Community with a Contribution Today!
Since 1976, friends of OHI like you have helped thousands of people. And, since all of our scholarships are for people who otherwise could not afford our program, their healing has been possible because of your generous support. Thank you.
Would you be willing to make a special year-end gift today of $50, $100, $250, $500 or whatever you can afford to help hundreds of people with life-threatening health opportunities?
Please make your donation now – by calling (800) 588-0809, or online at www.OptimumHealth.org – Support OHI – many more lives are at stake.
Your tax-deductible gift will be IMMEDIATELY put to use providing scholarships. Thank you in advance for your kind-hearted assistance.
Reverend Robert Nees Jr.
Senior Pastor and Chairman Optimum Health Institute, San Diego and Austin
Let’s celebrate the joys that motherhood brings every day, and take pride in all we do to keep our families healthy, happy and safe.
“God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers” – Jewish Proverb
A Mother’s Intuition
When Lauren O’Leary developed an autoimmune disease, it was her mother, Kris, who insisted Lauren visit Optimum Health Institute (OHI). Kris had experienced the first two weeks of the holistic healing program herself, and mother’s intuition told her it could help Lauren deal with her weight gain, foggy brain and unpleasant reaction to all her medications.
After Lauren’s first day at OHI, the persistent itching that plagued her for months stopped. Her first week was magical, she told her mom, and she made plans to complete the second week in a few months. The two decided to do the third week together. The timing was perfect. Right before Mother’s Day, Kris gifted Lauren with tuition to accompany her for the third week.
The two women found even more to love about each other during their shared experience at OHI. They nudged each other to stick to the plan, and spent the week learning and laughing together.
Moms tend to put their kids first, Lauren said. While they were together at OHI, she could find out what was going on with her mother instead of everything being about her. With her new insights, Lauren feels even more love, respect and appreciation.
Sharing the third week with her mother was particularly rewarding, Lauren said, because they both gained new insight into the “big picture” of achieving, and maintaining, optimum health.
The ideal Mother’s Day gift for your mom – or your adult child – could be a shared visit to OHI. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, or call (800) 588-0809.
Two men who met in college remained good friends through the years. One became a urologist, the other a space shuttle astronaut. Their families frequently visited each other and thoroughly enjoyed their time together.
During one parting, when the astronaut’s toddler son couldn’t bear to leave the tree house, zip line, affectionate puppy dog and four kid playmates, he went into a mini-meltdown. The entire time his mom was trying to buckle him into his car seat, the child was kicking, screaming and flailing his arms.
Instead of trying to squelch Mikey’s frantic attempt to stay, his mother totally validated his feelings while maintaining her position of a responsible parent.
“Never give up, Mikey!” she said as she eventually managed to secure her son’s seat belt and evade his churning legs and arms. “Never give up!” Just as she treasured her husband’s dedication to exploration and pushing the envelope, she valued and nurtured that same drive in her children.
It’s that child-like sense of passion, curiosity, wonder and discovery that’s the difference between living a rich life and existing. Children are bold, inquisitive, friendly, forgiving and non-judgmental. They’re also mindfully living in the present. About 90 seconds after the astronaut’s car pulled out of his friend’s driveway, Mikey’s hysterical outburst gave way to delightedly staring at the horses grazing in a nearby pasture. He had emotionally “moved on,” and found something else to pique his curiosity and imagination.
Each time we pause to focus our attention on something new or ask a question, we “grow” our brain. By age 3, the time when virtually everything is a new experience for a toddler, the brain reaches 80% of its adult size. By age 5, the percentage climbs to 90%.
Science now understands that this brain growth, or “neuroplasticity,” doesn’t have to slow down or stop. People who continue to explore, question, discover and use their imagination will continue to develop their brains.
Bruce Lipton, PhD, an environmental biologist, coined the term “epigenetics,” or “above genetics,” to describe how embarking on new adventures, working to solve challenging questions and tapping into our passion and creativity can keep our brains flourishing.
To nourish your inner child and rekindle that natural quest to explore, try a few of these suggestions:
1. Go outside and play. Blow bubbles. Stick your bare toes in a creek. Fly a kite. Climb a tree, or just hug one. Being in nature grows your brain while it soothes your soul.
2. Get artsy. Music, painting, sculpting, dance – all creative pursuits nourish body, mind and spirit.
3. Ask “Why?”Just for a day, as you go through your life, notice the patterns and start to ask yourself exactly WHY you’re doing things the way you’re doing them. Be relentless – just like a two-year-old would be. Don’t stop asking “Why” until you’ve imagined several new and more efficient ways to accomplish the same tasks.
4. Take a class. Learning a new language, or exploring medieval history, for instance, will activate completely different parts of your brain. Your heart will appreciate the adventure, too.
5. Whether it’s an afternoon excursion to a local historical spot, or epic globe-trotting, getting off the beaten path will open up whole new worlds of discovery.
6. Laugh! Children laugh about 300 times a day. This universal language of connection, delight and release actually makes your brain spurt out “happy chemicals” that heal and calm. Best of all, it’s highly contagious.
Explore, laugh, discover, ask a million questions and get answers, and unconditional support and encouragement, at OHI 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) 588-0809 to make your reservation.