• Set Your Vision for 2021

    The New Year is here, and it is a time for renewal. With this new year comes new possibilities, unknown opportunities, and exciting new prospects. It’s a fresh start with boundless potential. Which means it’s the perfect time to check in with ourselves, discover what we truly want out of life, and set a vision for the future. But sometimes that’s easier said than done.

    What is a “vision” exactly?

    Much more than a set of goals, or a New Year’s resolution, a vision is an overarching and all-encompassing conceptualization of your ideal self and ideal life.

    Vision vs. Goals

    Vision – Your vision is like your mission statement. It’s a ‘big picture’ idea of how you want your life to look. Your vision could be greater health, more financial abundance, stronger relationships with your family and loved ones, or just more joy and love in general.

    Goals – It might help to think of goals as smaller, more easily digestible pieces of your overall vision. Goals are clearly defined targets that exist within your greater vision and guide you closer to your ideal life.

    For instance, if your vision includes improving your health, your first goal might be to lose 5lbs., quit smoking, or change your diet. If your vision includes greater wealth, you might set a goal to pay off that credit card debt, or start your own business. If your vision includes improving your relationships, your goals might include forgiving an old grievance, or simply communicating more with those you care about.

    How to Set Your Vision

    When people leave OHI, one of the most valuable things we want them to take away from their experience is a renewed and strengthened vision for their lives. This happens in a variety of different ways. Here are three steps you can take:

    1. Meditation – A cluttered mind is perhaps the primary obstacle to overcome when crafting a solid vision for yourself. Holding and sticking to your vision requires focus.

    That’s why meditation is such a crucial part of the OHI experience. Consistent meditation helps to release pain and pent-up tension, and helps you to tap into your sub-consciousness by clearing away the muck and frustration that builds up over time.

    2. Acceptance – The many physical, emotional and mental struggles we encounter in life can sometimes hamper our ability to stay positive. But, through consistent practice, and purposeful dedication to self-acceptance, you can learn to maintain the positive mental attitude needed to push toward your vision for a healthier happier you.

    3. Visualization – One of the ways we try to bring our visions to life at OHI is with our vision board class. This gives guests the opportunity to tap into their creativity by building physical representations of their overall visions. By combining images and photographs with words and phrases that connect our visions to concrete things in the real world, we charge our visions with feelings of passion, and begin to attract those things into our lives.

    An OHI retreat can be an eye-opening first step toward making your vision a reality, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t get started on your own. The important thing to remember is to clear your mind, focus on a positive mental attitude and set your vision before setting your goals, because if your goals don’t serve a greater purpose, you are much less likely to achieve them.

    There’s no better way to start off the New Year than by taking time for yourself to create a clear vision for the life you want to lead in 2021. A retreat to OHI’s holistic health missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas allow you to step back from the stresses of daily life and re-focus on what is important to you.

    During your visit, our caring team can help you achieve your physical, mental, 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.

  • Claim Your Healing Transformation

    A brand-new year is only a few days away, and a new year offers an opportunity to make positive life changes. There is no better time to commit to a healthier, happier, more peaceful you.

    We aren’t talking about the usual New Year’s resolutions that people often make year after year … and then promptly break. Whether it’s losing weight, exercising regularly, or vowing not to get stressed so often, surveys have shown that fewer than 10 percent of people actually stick to their resolutions. And a common reason for that is, they don’t have a clearly defined plan to accomplish their goals.

    If that sounds familiar to you, we at Optimum Health Institute can help … because we already have that plan in place.

    In a safe space of encouragement and respect, OHI’s caring team supports guests by first inspiring and motivating them to make healthier choices in their lives. For many, it’s their first experience eating a completely raw, live, organic plant-basedvegan diet, or coming together with like-minded others in spiritual fellowship.

    People learn exactly how factors such as stress, anger, a sedentary lifestyle, and poor diet take a toll on their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. They also learn how to substitute healthier, more beneficial choices that lead to permanent positive change.

    Through in-depth classes and group exercises, guests are encouraged to explore healthy new ways of eating, moving, thinking, and being. Quiet time to meditate, reflect, and integrate all the positive and life-changing information is scheduled into each day.

    Healthy transformation takes place over a period of 21 days, with the option of doing the entire program at once, or a week at a time as the guests’ schedules allow.

    The focus during the first week is on the holistic body, mind, and spirit connection. To truly be healthy, all three components of a person must be in balance. For instance, a body revved up on sugar makes it difficult for the mind to focus clearly. Detoxifying the body includes a three-day juice fast.

    During the second week, guests receive the tools they need to help make healthier choices in all aspects of their lives. Learning how to create nutrient-packed sprouts and fermented foods, planning healthy menus, and experiencing the rejuvenating impact of conscious breathing all help guests make smarter and healthier lifestyle choices.

    For the final week at OHI, guests learn how to continue to follow the program when they return home. Everything from the best knives for chopping vegetables to the most effective appliances for juicing and blending to how to get the entire family on board are shared during the third week.

    Tying together all three weeks are the core classes and activities, like circle time before all meals, daily wheatgrass juicing, gentle exercise to start the day, and a release ceremony, where guests can burn a list of anything from the past that no longer serves them. A closing class provides guests with a helpful review of information and tips for achieving and maintaining optimum health.

    Friday morning testimonials are an opportunity to share inspirational stories of healing. Then, it’s a celebration of fellowship and laughter for Friday Night Live, when guests and members of the enthusiastic OHI team entertain with songs, a skit, or other talents. Saturday evening is movie night, where friends old and new gather to enjoy an inspirational film.

    With a brand-new year upon us, you can experience for yourself why thousands call OHI’s healing lifestyle program “transformational.” Our caring teams at Optimum Health Institute in San Diego and Austin, Texas, can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual goals for optimal health. Consider it an opportunity to claim your personal healing transformation.

    During your visit, our caring team can help you achieve your physical, mental, 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.

  • How to Have a Joyful Holiday

    During the winter holidays, many people experience a mixture of emotions. They may yearn to focus on the true meaning of the holidays, and resolve that this year they will keep things simple and uncomplicated. But as strong as their resolve may be, they often find themselves pulled in too many different directions, spending too much money on gifts, and feeling stressed much of the time.

    In an article titled, “The Real Meaning of the Holidays,” spiritual advisor Sanjeev Verma writes: “Though this time of year is especially festive, it can also bring up stress, conflict, and financial struggles for many people. Whether it’s apprehension of tense family gatherings or anxiety over not purchasing the right presents, it’s not uncommon to feel a sense of burden when contemplating the holidays and what they signify.”

    The reality is, it’s difficult to remain unaffected by the pervasive commercialism of the holidays. It can cause us to lose focus and challenges our mindfulness. We are barraged by advertising, including images that make us wistful for the magical days of our youth. At the same time, anticipation and hope can increase our sense of stress … when all we really want is to gather together and experience the love and joy of friends and family.

    Many of us find ourselves saying, “I’m just not ready for the holidays.” This year when you find that thought surfacing, replace it with one of these: “This holiday season I give myself permission to do what brings me the greatest pleasure,” or “Divine guidance makes everything around me align perfectly for a pleasant holiday season.” The idea is to take a moment and set your intentions for the holidays now, so that you can relax and enjoy them. That way, you will feel centered, calm, and balanced throughout the weeks ahead.

    It’s perfectly okay to feel the feelings we get this time of year—as long as they inspire us and bring us joy. But when they create depression or anxiety, it’s time to move back into the present. Remember, you have the power to choose how you spend your holidays. You should feel free to take time for yourself, to reset your system, and allow yourself to fully relax.

    A great way to do that is to take a holistic holiday here at Optimum Health Institute. You will enjoy the love and support of your friends and family in the OHI community. You’ll be surrounding yourself with people who treat you well and won’t judge you. You’ll spend your holidays with those who approve of you, and encourage you.

    Whether you observe Christmas, Hanukkah, or simply the giving spirit of the season, commemorate it at OHI. Here is the perfect environment to rediscover the place within you that is peaceful and harmonious. Even better, share your experience with a friend. When you give the gift of healing body, mind, and spirit, you show your friends how much you really care.

    Then, we invite you to join us again for New Years week. At OHI, you will learn to create more balance in your life every day … what an amazing way to kick off a brand-new year. And if you like to make resolutions, you will find the support you need from people who will help you keep those resolutions.

    Spend some time at OHI during the holidays. You’ll create holidays to remember—holistic holidays of health and happiness. And when you think about stress? You’ll be thinking about something from the past, not the present.

    We at OHI wish for you a happy, healthy, loving, and peaceful holiday season.

    During your visit, our caring team can help you achieve your physical, mental, 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.

  • OHI Program Tip: Difficult Emotions, Part 2

    In last week’s article, we talked about the difference between emotions and feelings and gave you steps 1 and 2 for mindfully dealing with difficult emotions. This week, we share steps 3-6. Here is part 2 of our 2-part series…

    To refresh your memory of the first two steps:

    Step 1: Turn toward the bodily reactions to emotions with ACCEPTANCE.

    Step 2: IDENTIFY AND LABEL the emotion.

    Step 3: ACCEPT your emotions.

    Acknowledge and accept that an emotion is there, and your body’s reaction to it. If a friend or loved one was having a hard time, you wouldn’t shame them about it. You need to show that same kindness to yourself, and say “I did the best I could.” This difficult emotional response will not last forever. Once you accept the emotion and treat yourself with compassion, you should feel some of the tension leave your body as you calm and soothe yourself.

    Step 4: Realize the IMPERMANENCE of your emotions.

    Even if your body’s response to the emotion feels overwhelming, remember that it will pass. Opening yourself up to your body’s response grants your mind and spirit permission to work through your feelings toward that emotion, and makes the whole event more fleeting/ less permanent. The reality is that every emotion and your feelings about it are impermanent, but that’s easy to forget when you’re in the midst of a crisis.

    Step 5: Inquire and INVESTIGATE.

    After you have soothed yourself from the physical impact of your emotion, take a moment to explore your feelings about it. Perhaps you had a hard day at work or difficulty dealing with your family. Maybe you feel unappreciated, lonely, or disconnected. Investigating the root cause of your difficult emotions and the associated feelings will help you gain insight into what you are experiencing. To begin the investigation, ask yourself these questions:

    • What triggered me?
    • Why do I feel this way?
    • Was this event a result of my critical mind, or is it in reaction to something external?
    • What were your expectations surrounding the situation?
    • Is this a pattern that keeps repeating itself?

    Step 6: LET GO of the need to control.

    The key to mindfully dealing with your difficult emotions and their ensuing feelings is to let go of your need to control them. Step outside yourself, and really listen to what your heart has to say about the situation.

    Mindfully dealing with your emotions and their connected feelings takes time. Be patient with yourself. OHI shares many transformative classes and tools with guests to help them manage and process difficult emotions.

    In these uncertain times, look to OHI as your safe haven. As we celebrate 44 years of holistic healing, we can teach you how to process difficult emotions and complicated feelings just as we can teach you how to achieve your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual goals for optimal health. Stay safe, and be well. Above all, embrace positivity!

    At Optimum Health Institute, we teach you all about detoxifying emotions. Learn how to feel, process, and understand the important role your emotions play in creating and maintaining health and well-being. Discover the healing power of forgiveness.
    During your visit, our caring team can help you achieve your physical, mental, 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.

  • OHI Program Tip: Difficult Emotions, Part 1

    Difficult Emotions And Their Complicated Feelings (Anger is the bugaboo we all struggle with…)

    While some people use the terms “emotions” and “feelings” interchangeably, there is a distinct difference. “Emotions” are associated with bodily reactions that are activated through neurotransmitters and hormones released by the brain. “Feelings” are the conscious experience of emotional reactions.

    We identified the topic for this blog well before the current pandemic, but it certainly seems timely as we deal with quarantine worries, working from home stress, distance learning challenges for our kids, and just overall sadness resulting from social isolation. So how do we go about physically coping with difficult emotions, and productively dealing with the range of feelings they can elicit?

    No matter the emotion — anger, depression, confusion, sadness — EVERY emotion is valid. Anger is a tough one for women because we’re taught that anger is unbecoming a woman, and we should just “be nice”.

    Stop! You are entitled to your complicated feelings about a polarizing emotion like anger. So how do you work through uncomfortable feelings, and come out the other side positive and affirmed? The key is non-reactivity and mindfulness.

    There are 6 steps to mindfully deal with difficult emotions and complicated feelings…

    Step 1: Turn toward the bodily reactions to emotions with ACCEPTANCE.

    First, identify where you sense tension in your body. You may feel it as a stomach ache, a tightening of your throat, or the pounding of your heart. Next, try to name the emotion you are feeling that is connected with this tension. Don’t push the emotion away. Stuffing it down will only cause it to bubble up and explode in different ways later. Listen to your body, and the difficult emotion it is trying to make you aware of. It is trying to help you wake up to what is going on before a major crisis occurs.

    Step 2: IDENTIFY AND LABEL the emotion.

    Try to acknowledge the presence of the emotion, but remain detached from it. Calmly say to yourself, “This is anger” or “This is anxiety”. Try to “just be” present with that emotion. Don’t let your feelings connected to your body’s physical emotional response catapult you into worrying about the future or the past. There’s no need to blame yourself for choices you made that brought you to this moment. Just identify the emotion for what it is.

    Join us next week for the second part of this article where we lay out steps 3-6 for mindfully dealing with difficult emotions …

    At Optimum Health Institute, we teach you all about detoxifying emotions. Learn how to feel, process, and understand the important role your emotions play in creating and maintaining health and well-being. Discover the healing power of forgiveness.
    During your visit, our caring team can help you achieve your physical, mental, 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.