• Understanding Our 8 Core Emotions, Part 2

    Last week we shared insights into our core emotions: Joy, Anger, Anxiety and Surprise. Today we’ll continue our look at the remaining core emotions: Trust, Grief, Fear and Love.

    1. 5. Trust

    The emotion of ‘trust’ can be a tricky one. It implies a vulnerability – we have expectations about a person or situation, and we’re required to have a ‘leap of faith’ that those expectations will be met. A good rule of thumb is, compassion is always appropriate, but trust is earned. In those instances where trust is required, rely on your instincts, and also seek some information about the trustee’s attributes, like reputation and past experiences. It will help transform ‘trust’ into ‘confidence.’

    1. 6. Grief

    Any time we experience a loss of any kind, there is a certain element of grieving involved. Losing a loved one, relationship, job, health, reputation, friends, youth, even moving into a new home – all will generate some degree of grief. The biggest mistake we can make is trying to ignore or deny this emotion. Until we acknowledge our grief, we will remain mired in it. It’s important to be realistic, and admit things in our life have changed with this loss. The next step is to look at how this loss has transformed us. What have we learned? What memories can we cherish? What meaningful things can we do, moving forward, that will not only help us heal, but will benefit others? We can consciously choose to redirect our grief, and our sense of loss, into an opportunity for positive growth.

    1. 7. Fear

    Fear and Anxiety are closely linked – they both arise when we’re facing a real or perceived threatening unknown. It’s part of our instinctual survival mechanism, when that twig snapping in the dark might have indicated a saber-tooth, ready to pounce. A ‘fight or flight’ fear response empowers us to take immediate action to remove ourselves, or others, from harm’s way. Pushing a child out of the path of a car, for instance, or freezing when a venomous snake slithers across a mountain trail.

    While the emotion of fear can sometimes protect us from taking unwise risks, taken to the extreme it can also paralyze our ability to try anything new. Reliving fear, as in post-traumatic stress disorder, can keep us stuck in an old pattern.

    To transform fear, first take a deep breath to help bring mental clarity. That will also empower you to assess the situation realistically. Is there a clear and present danger? If so, take the necessary steps to alleviate it. If there is not, a simple affirmation like, “I release all fear to the light,” can help bring you back into a positive emotional balance.

    1. 8. Love

    Love is the essence of emotion, or ‘energy in motion.” It is that transcendent state where we feel a heart-centered connection; to God, another person, our children, our community, the Cosmos, all of creation. It can be a gentle contentment, a deep respect and regard, or a smoldering passion. At its core, Love is life’s greatest blessing, available to us all if we choose to open our hearts and minds.

    Experience the emotional freedom of nurturing yourself with an extended stay at OHI San Diego or OHI Austin. To learn more about our 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. To make your reservation, call us at (800) 588-0809.

  • Understanding Our 8 Core Emotions, Part 1

    Candace Pert, PhD, the late neuroscientist, pharmacologist, spiritual author, speaker and visionary, described our emotions as the thing linking our physical bodies to our spiritual selves. Cultivating positive emotions is essential for achieving, and maintaining, optimum health in body, mind and spirit.

    The trick to cultivating those positive emotions, though, is to resist ignoring or suppressing less than happy feelings when they arise, as they inevitably will. Instead, learning the tools to realistically register, honor and then shift our emotions, as needed, is a powerful life skill that can change virtually everything for the better.

    Over the next two weeks, we’ll be looking closely at eight core emotions, and how they impact us.

    1. 1. Joy

    The emotion of Joy is closely linked to optimism, serenity and ecstasy. It’s the sense of wonder, satisfaction and a peaceful excitement that you are part of something greater and magnificent. For many people, joy is experienced when they see or hear something of incomparable beauty, or feel a deeply personal connection to God.

    1. 2. Anger

    The body has many ways to alert the brain to feelings of anger – muscle tenseness, shortness of breath, feeling flushed and an uncomfortable sensation in the stomach are just a few. Anger is usually an immediate response to a perceived wrongdoing. It can range from mild annoyance to exasperation to a hostile rage. In the short term, pure anger can sometimes be beneficial. Dr. Pert talks about a patient who made only healthy choices, but still received a cancer diagnosis. The woman became furious, and the cancer immediately went into remission. It was as if the unhealthy cells were burned away by the emotional surge.

    A quick burst of anger is one thing, but a sustained slow-boil can have serious consequences for heart health. A positive way to process that emotion is to take a deep breath, remember what the thought was the moment before you physically felt anger, and change that thought. You can’t have an angry feeling without first having an angry thought.

    1. 3. Anxiety

    Anxiety is that unbalanced emotion arising from fear of the unknown. Instead of staying suspended in that state of constant worry about what might go wrong, shift your thoughts to mentally listing all the things that could go RIGHT. The quickest way to come into balance from an anxious state is to take three deep, mindful breaths. That simple exercise will immediately propel you up into an Alpha state, where clarity and peace are yours.

    1. 4. Surprise

    Whether it’s a happy surprise – office birthday party! – or an unpleasant one, the feeling of surprise means you are not in control of an immediate situation you have not anticipated. Take those deep breaths again to enter into Alpha, and be in the present moment. If it’s a positive surprise, enjoy! If it’s not, going right into a more aware, ‘plugged in’ Alpha state will empower you to quickly assess the situation. Are you in danger? If so, take the appropriate steps to remove yourself from harm’s way. Are you upset? First find something in the situation for which you can authentically be grateful. Even if it’s, “Whatever doesn’t kill us makes us stronger,” that will immediately shift you into a more calm, collected and positive state of mind.

    Tune in next week when we explore the remaining core emotions: Trust, Grief, Fear and LOVE.

    Experience the emotional freedom of nurturing yourself with an extended stay at OHI San Diego or OHI Austin. To learn more about our 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. To make your reservation, call us at (800) 588-0809.

  • Almighty Wheatgrass!

    Wheatgrass refers to the young grass of the wheat plant Triticum aestivum and contains a number of vitamins and antioxidants, such as vitamins A, E, and B-12, as well as calcium, selenium, magnesium, and iron. In addition to providing essential vitamins and nutrients to your diet, natural foods  such as wheatgrass can benefit your health in a number of other ways.

    Gives You Energy

    One of the first benefits of wheatgrass is that it energizes your mind and body to help you feel refreshed throughout your day. In fact, two ounces of fresh wheatgrass juice is the equivalent of two cups of coffee. In addition, studies show that drinking one ounce of wheatgrass juice contains the same amount of vitamins and minerals as consuming one ounce of fresh vegetables.

    Boosts Your Vascular Health

    Another big benefit of wheatgrass is that it helps support your blood health. This is accomplished by building red blood cells quickly after ingestion, speeding up circulation, lowering blood pressure, and cleansing the blood of waste.

    Curbs Cravings

    Research suggests that because the nutritional value of wheatgrass juice is so high, it may help prevent the hunger cravings that cause overeating, ultimately serving as a weight control tool. Wheatgrass can also boost your weight loss goals by increasing your metabolism.

    Improves Immune Function

    Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of wheatgrass juice is that it helps boost your immune system. Wheatgrass juice contains chlorophyll, which aids your immune system by increasing the function of your heart and improving the condition of your vascular system, intestines, and lungs.

    At the Optimum Health Institute , we believe that when you cleanse and nourish your body, it can restore itself to its natural balance.  To help your body cleanse and restore itself, OHI provides:

    • wheatgrass juice to cleanse cells and purify blood
    • enemas and wheatgrass implants to cleanse the colon

    To learn more about our 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. To make your reservation, call us at (800) 588-0809.

  • The Benefits of a 3-Week Stay at OHI

    The first step towards optimum health is releasing the idea that an “instant fix” is possible. True healing involves patiently working through layers of old habits to gently – and permanently – make the necessary changes. The Optimum Health Institute (OHI) 21-day program was designed specifically to guide guests to wellness in a step-by-step process, with each week logically leading into the next.

    Week 1: A Good Start

    The first week inspires you to become more aware of the body, mind and spirit connection. Through the detoxification diet, full class schedule and fellowship activities, you immediately begin to feel improvements in all areas of your life. Without processed foods, meat, sugar, and dairy, every cell of your body starts to “wake up.”

    Weeks 1 + 2: A Deeper Understanding

    Building on the foundation you created the first seven days, the next week delivers more powerful tools as you explore deep inside your heart and mind. Get in touch with emotions you might have been stuffing down for decades. Clarify and commit to your values. Learn to communicate effectively. Touch into the limitless joy that self-love and a cleansing diet can bring.

    Weeks 1 + 2 + 3: Putting It All Together

    After 14 days of releasing self-limiting thoughts and behaviors, all the while nourishing your body with cleansing foods, you’re ready to integrate everything you’ve learned. In your final week at OHI, constructive new behaviors will have time to become positive new habits, empowering you to create optimum health as you take the program home. You’ve not only experienced the transformational difference an organic, live, raw vegan lifestyle can make – you’ve had hands-on experience in creating it.

    3 Weeks Add Up Financially, Too

    You get a special savings of 5% when you stay two consecutive weeks, and 10% when staying 3 consecutive weeks.

    Find the time you require for making the healthiest choices for your body, mind and spirit at the OHI missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas. Come help us celebrate 43 Years of Holistic Healing. Our caring team will give you the tools, encouragement, and inspiration to kick destructive old lifestyle habits to the curb, and adopt beneficial and healing new ones. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , and call us at (800) 588-0809 to make your reservation.