• Embracing Your Anger

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    There’s a very cool T-shirt that reads, “Depression is Anger without the enthusiasm.”  That’s very funny, and also very, very true.

    At the Optimum Health Institute (OHI), we teach guests that there are just two core emotions – positive, or love based, and negative, or fear based.  This fear is frequently expressed as anger.

    Somewhere along the line, many of us, and most women, got the message that it just wasn’t OK or “ladylike” to feel or express anger.  “Nice” people never got angry – instead they would just swallow their emotions, compromising their desires, beliefs and goals, to keep everyone else happy and maintain a semblance of peace.

    After decades of getting this message that “anger is wrong,” and trying to stifle this very honest and real emotion, what happens?  Yep – the T-shirt is right.  Depression sets in because it really is anger without the enthusiasm.

    Depression isn’t the only potential fallout from unexpressed anger.  A recent study at Columbia University Medical Center shows unexpressed rage can also literally harm the heart.  Our feelings of anger set off our “flight-fight response,” which drives up heart and respiration rates and tightly squeezes blood vessels as our body gets ready to react decisively.  If we try to suppress that emotion, the body never gets the “release” of appropriately expressed anger, and our risk for heart disease is escalated.

    Explosive, undirected spurts of anger can take the same toll on the heart as suppressing rage, so it’s important to learn to express your anger in appropriate ways.

    Confronting the situation or person that triggered your anger is key, as is being able to have a discussion – even a rather heated one – about the issue in question.  Healthy resolution is not about fixing blame – it’s about getting back to that core emotion, and verbalizing what need of yours you fear is not being met.  This moderate expression of anger, research shows, can be both constructive and heart healthy.

    Dr. Candace Pert, the pharmacologist and researcher who’s rewritten the medical books by proving every cell of our body has a separate consciousness, has seen other positive results from occasionally letting that anger inside of us explode.

    She’s seen cancer patients who do not meekly accept their diagnosis, but rage against the disease attacking their body.  The same way a fever kills invading germs, she’s seen this expression of fury result in an almost immediate remission, as if the anger somehow burned out the cancer cells.

    We need to understand it’s not the emotion of anger itself that’s wrong, but any inappropriate behavior that anger and fear might trigger.

    When you feel your anger level start to creep upwards, instead of just swallowing it, try these steps:

    1. B-R-E-A-T-H-E!  Consciously taking a few deep breaths helps you stop and take a quick inventory of the situation.
    2. Ask yourself, “What am I afraid of?”
    3. Know that your FEELINGS are neither right nor wrong. It’s the BEHAVIOR you choose to do as a result of your feelings that can be unproductive.
    4. At the core of all anger is a need you have that is not being fulfilled. Identify that need, and you can constructively express exactly what you want – whether it’s being listened to, getting rewarded for your contribution, being respected or just having your own space.

    In our Emotional Detox class at OHI, we share the idea that “Holding anger and resentment towards another person is like me taking poison and hoping that someone else dies.”  It’s a funny thought with a lot of truth – and it’s also a great reminder to first own your anger, and then release it in an appropriate and constructive way.

    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) 993-4325 to learn more.

     

  • Chia Seeds

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    To fully realize the benefits of a raw food diet , you should begin to explore some of the amazing qualities of seeds that are easily incorporated into all types of dishes. Seeds—whether consumed as such or in sprouted form—are packed with nutrients to sustain good health and keep you satisfied while you consume meals primarily consisting of fruits and vegetables. Chia seeds are among the healthiest seeds to supplement your raw food diet, and you should eat more of them if you are now being introduced to raw foods. Below are some details about chia seeds to help you see what you have been missing.

    • Origins: In the ancient Americas, chia seeds were a critical component of Aztec and Mayan diets, because they were readily available and highly nutritious. These small seeds were ground into flour or pressed for their oils and used in everyday cooking before European contact with the American continents. After this time, chia seeds were not consumed nearly as much, but they have been recently revived as a super food because of their high nutrient content.
    • Nutritional Value: Adding chia seeds to your diet will help you feel full much faster, because these tiny seeds absorb over 10 times their weight in water, making them a hearty additive during mealtime. While they fill you up, they will deliver a hefty amount of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium.
    • Taste and Uses: Chia seeds have a pleasing nutty flavor that lends itself well to both sweet and savory applications. They can be soaked in juice or water before eating, or they can simply be eaten raw. You might sprinkle them over your favorite raw dishes as an added bit of crunch and flavor, or you could grab a handful for a hearty and filling snack.

    With Optimum Health Institute , you can fully realize the benefits of chia seeds and other components of a wholesome, raw diet by participating in our holistic healing programs. You can order chia seeds from the OHI Store by calling (888)-643-7867. The holistic healing program at Optimum Health Institute consists of three-week-long sessions that can be taken consecutively or independently. The sessions interlock classes and activities drawn from 24 ancient spiritual disciplines that promote healing of your body, mind, and spirit. Along with learning how to cleanse and nourish the body with diet, fasting, and exercise, guests learn how to quiet and focus the mind with journaling and meditation, plus renew and awaken their spirits with study, prayer, and celebration. To learn more about the OHI program, call (800) 993-4325 or visit www.optimumhealth.org.

  • Setting Prayers in Motion

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    Sunrise.  Sunset.  Seasons.  Tides.  Planting.  The Rains.  Harvest.

    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) 993-4325 to learn more.

  • Chew Your Food

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    As you take control of your health naturally , you will probably begin to pay more attention to the foods you consume and the effects they have on your body. While this is crucial to your health, it is not the only step you should take in making dietary changes. When you change the foods you eat, you should also change the way that you eat them. More specifically, you should be sure to chew your food thoroughly so that you support good digestion.

    Are you chewing properly?

    Naturally, you are used to chewing your food, but there is a proper way of doing so that can benefit your whole body. Chewing is where your body begins to process and digest food, so this step should not be taken lightly when you sit down for a meal. Chew slowly and do so multiple times, studies have shown it is beneficial to chew somewhere between 30-40 times . If you set down your eating utensil between each bite, you will be more conscious of the speed at which you are eating and will force yourself to go slowly. All foods should be chewed this way for a better eating experience.

    Why take the time?

    When you chew your food correctly, it will take you longer to eat a meal or snack. You should consider this time a wise investment, because there are many benefits that come along with a conscious effort of better chewing. First, you will have the immediate reward of completely tasting your food. You can savor every bite and get the full flavor experience of everything you consume. This will make you more aware of what exactly you are eating and slow you down so that you do not overeat. Chewing thoroughly also breaks down your food more before it reaches your stomach, meaning that your digestive system has to do less work to get full nutrients from the food you eat. This will result in greater comfort after eating, along with an overall sense of general wellness.

    At Optimum Health Institute , we will help guide you through the proper steps to take in eating and preparing food so that you get the most out of a vibrant raw diet to cleanse your body. The holistic healing program at Optimum Health Institute consists of three-week-long sessions that can be taken consecutively or independently. The sessions interlock classes and activities drawn from 24 ancient spiritual disciplines that promote healing of your body, mind, and spirit. Along with learning how to cleanse and nourish the body with diet, fasting, and exercise, guests learn how to quiet and focus the mind with journaling and meditation, plus renew and awaken their spirits with study, prayer, and celebration. To learn more about the OHI program, call (800) 993-4325 or visit www.optimumhealth.org.

  • The Power of Words

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    “In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  John 1:1, King James Bible

    As the Bible states, words are at the very heart of creation.  Words have the power to inspire us, guide us, illuminate the darkness and heal us on deep emotional, mental and spiritual levels.

    The Optimum Health Institute (OHI) Focus Manual includes a selection of quotes we particularly treasure for their power to raise our awareness, spark our spirit and engage our mind.  We’re sharing some of them here.

    Enjoy!

    Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.

    —Johann Goethe

    THE RUNAROUND DILEMMA

    Because we don’t know what is really important to us, everything seems important.

    Because everything seems important, we have to do everything.

    Other people, unfortunately, see us as doing everything, so they expect us to do everything.

    Doing everything keeps us so busy, we don’t have time to think about what is really important to us.

    —Anonymous

    You need to believe that what you’re doing is right, and you need to stay focused. Without a clear course in mind, it’s very easy to be swayed by everybody’s opinions.

    —Jane E. Shaw

    When your daily activities are in concert with your highest priorities, you have a credible claim to inner peace.

    —Hyrum Smith

    Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.

    —Albert Einstein

    Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that’s the stuff life is made of. —Benjamin Franklin

    Purpose

    The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want

    —Ben Stein

    The human spirit lives on the hope of finding one’s purpose, the love in sharing with another, and in the faith it will be fulfilled.

    —Robert P. Nees, Jr.

    When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world.

    —Jim Henson

    Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t yet realize how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!

    —Anne Frank

    The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direc- tion we are moving.

    —Goethe

    You have your brains in your head, and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

    —Dr. Seuss

    Positive Mental Attitude

    There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.

    —Albert Einstein

    Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

    —Lou Holtz

    A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.

    —Harry Truman

    Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey!

    —Barbara Hoffman

    Start each day with a grateful heart.

    Focus on the positive aspects of every person you encounter.

    End each day with a grateful heart.

    —Lucy MacDonald

    If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.

    —Jonathan Winters

    Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. —Art Linkletter

    Persistence

    Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.

    —Author Unknown

    Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.

    —William Ellery Channing

    That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.

    —Ralph Waldo Emerson

    When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

    —Franklin D. Roosevelt

    The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.

    —John Ruskin

    If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not some- times taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

    —Anne Bradstreet

    Patience

    Patience with others is Love, Patience with self is Hope, Patience with

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    —Adel Bestavros

    Patience is the key to contentment.          

    —Mohammed

    How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?

    —William Shakespeare

    Little by little, through patience and repeated effort, the mind will become stilled in the Self.

    —Bhagavad Gita

    Patience is the companion of wisdom.   

    —St. Augustine

    If you are tempted to lose patience with your fellowman; stop and think how patient God has been with you.

    —Anonymous

    Prayer

    Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.

    —Gandhi

    Prayer is when we talk to God. Meditation is when we listen to God. And Alpha is the state of being that occurs when we do both.

    —Robert P. Nees, Jr.

    Practical prayer is harder on the soles of your shoes than on the knees of your trousers.

    —Austin O’Malley

    I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.

    —Abraham Lincoln

    God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.

    —Mother Teresa

    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. For more information about OHI, visit our website at www.OptimumHealth.org .  To make your reservation, please call us at (800) 993-4325.

  • Unlock Your Potential with a Vision Board

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    Knowing what you want out of life is the first step on the path to achieving your life goals. The idea of simply addressing and visualizing your goals and then accomplishing them seems too easy to actually work, but the reality is that you can gain more control than you might imagine by putting your dreams into a visual medium with a vision board.

    Understanding Vision Boards

    The concept of the vision board has been around for generations, but it gained a renewed interest and popularity after success expert and entrepreneur, John Assaraf related his story of using vision boards to achieve his dreams in the best-selling DVD documentary The Secret. Gaining the attention of notable celebrities like Larry King and Oprah, vision boards and the philosophy surrounding them have become famous. This fame is not unwarranted, because using vision boards can be the first step into an enlightened and enriching new plane of consciousness.

    Starting on Your Own Vision Board

    A vision board is simply a visual representation or collage of the things that you want to have, be or do in life. It consists of a flat surface with cut-out pictures, drawings and or words and phrases of the things that you want in your life or the things that you want to become. It requires a few inexpensive supplies, poster board, construction paper, glue, scissors, markers and magazines. You can even create a vision board on the computer and set it as your screen saver.

    Making a vision board is more than just scrapbooking with photos from magazines and newspapers. Although these materials may be the basis for your board, they represent a much deeper meaning than superficial desires. A vision board is a simple yet powerful visualization tool that taps into our creative right brains and our subconscious. When you acquire pictures and headlines to add to your vision board, you should seek those that bring out a primal, physical response in you. Those images that render such a reaction can help you identify what it is that you truly want, which may have previously been veiled within your subconscious.

    As you grow to realize what it is that you desire, you can shift your thinking to help you make that desire a reality. The theory is that you will begin to attract those things into your life. Your vision board will serve as the foundation for your own self-discovery that helps you unlock the secrets to your happiness. The Optimum Health Institute encourages the use of vision boards and every Saturday afternoon guests can attend a vision board making class.  In the Optimum Health store you can also find a kit developed by Assaraf called The Complete Vision Board Kit.

    The holistic healing program at the Optimum Health Institute consists of three week-long sessions that can be taken consecutively or independently. The sessions interlock classes and activities drawn from 24 ancient spiritual disciplines that promote healing of your body, mind and spirit. Along with guests learning how to cleanse and nourish the body with diet, fasting and exercise, they learn how to quiet and focus the mind with journaling and meditation, plus renew and awaken their spirit with study, prayer and celebration. To learn more about the OHI program call (800) 993-4325 or visit www.optimumhealth.org

     

  • Your Emotions Create Your Life

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    It’s an exciting time to be on the planet.  During our lifetime, and actually just in the past few years, the scientific community has done a complete about-face concerning the power of our emotions.  While scientists initially discounted things that couldn’t be directly measured, now quantum science is taking these unseen forces into account. 

    Dr. Gregg Braden, a geologist who dedicates his life to bringing science and spirituality together, shares in his book, The Divine Matrix, that laboratory experiments document how human emotion not only measurably changes our DNA – the impact of our emotions extends beyond our bodies, and into the physical world around us.

    In other words, our emotions effectively influence and even create the life we live.

    We at the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) are delighted that contemporary social science is addressing the concept we’ve been sharing since we opened our doors 35 years ago.  Our Emotional Detox class not only teaches that emotions are powerful – our facilitators give practical, positive tips on how to manage your emotions for the best results on physical, mental and spiritual levels.

    All positive emotions have at their core “Love.”  Joy, excitement, hope, compassion, altruism – all these emotions are anchored by love.

    All negative emotions have at their core “Fear.”  Worry, anxiety, guilt, regret, anger, impatience, doubt, suspicion – these emotions are anchored by our fear.

    We also teach that first comes a thought – like, “Why is my date looking at that other person?”  The emotional component, in this case “jealousy,” follows close behind.  When we can intercept that negative thought immediately, we can stop ourselves from attaching a negative emotion to the thought, and simply neutralize it before it can have a harmful impact on us, or our environment.

    If we let that negativity continue to build, the emotion of jealousy could give us a churning stomach, butterflies, rapid, shallow breathing that starves the brain and body of oxygen, and constricted blood vessels, which can physically injure the heart by raising blood pressure.  What we just did was assign a negative emotion to a fleeting negative thought, but the consequences to our body, mind and spirit will continue to create a toxic imbalance for quite a while.

    Being mindful of our thoughts keeps us conscious of the fact that we assign emotions to our thoughts and feelings.  We have the power to cancel the negative emotion of jealousy, and replace it with a more positive thought, like, “That really IS an attractive person my date just noticed, which proves my date has great taste. And my date is with ME!”  The positive emotion of self-confidence replaces jealousy, and the effects in the body are equally positive.

    An important part of emotional detoxification is knowing exactly what makes us happy, and actively focusing on it.

    There’s a brand new branch of psychology called “Positive Psychology,” and it was developed by Dr. Marty Seligman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. When Dr. Seligman was elected president of the American Psychological Association in 1998, he got to decide what psychologists would research that year.  He reasoned that since the field had invested decades in studying what messed people up, it would be enlightening to instead research what made people happy.

    The results of the study surprised the entire field of social sciences.  Contrary to what people had assumed, happiness was not measured by one’s income, appearance, age, geographical location or any of the other obvious choices.  Rather, it boiled down to three components – FAITH in a divine source greater than the individual; FRIENDS to support, inspire and validate, and LIVING A MEANINGFUL LIFE – doing something that truly mattered.  When that optimum trinity was in place, people were happy, and felt true love in their life.

    Happiness is healing – laughter increases endorphin levels, reduces stress, increases cardiovascular activity and boosts our immune system.  You have to be happy to hear that!

    You can find Gregg Braden’s books at the Optimum Health Store at both OHI Austin and OHI San Diego.

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  • Exploring the Benefits of Sprouting

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    Adjusting to a raw food diet can take some time, and it does require adopting new methods of food preparation that you may not be familiar with. Sprouting is one such method that can be done right at home with minimal effort and big nutritional payoff. The sprouting process begins with seeds, nuts, and grains that may otherwise be processed and cooked. Through sprouting, these foods are given more nutritional value and palatable, developed flavors.

    How sprouting brings out the best in foods:

    Sprouted foods offer higher quantities of protein, vitamins, fatty acids, and minerals than their unsprouted seed counterparts. The reason why sprouts contain such nutrients is because these elements are necessary for growing germinating plants. Seeds are broken down through soaking, and complex compounds are simplified to enrich the nutritional value of the resulting plants.

    How to sprout at home:

    The key to sprouting seeds is moisture, and seeds need to be kept in a humid environment as they sprout and grow. The first step in the process is soaking seeds overnight and then rinsing them. This will hydrate the seeds and begin breaking down the compounds within them. Next, the seeds should be placed in a bag or jar where they need to be kept in a humid environment. As the seeds sprout, they should be rinsed so they stay moist and clean.

    The possibilities for sprouting are nearly endless, as you can sprout all types of seeds and use them in a variety of applications, including juices, salads, and breads. You may choose to sprout wheatgrass, radish sprouts, alfalfa, mung beans, lentils, quinoa, pea shoots, mustard greens, or any other number of seeds! You can also find some organically produced sprouts in natural grocery stores, but the variety will be more limited than what you can sprout at home. Sprouts are a very important part of the OHI detox diet. Guests marvel at their texture and taste and look forward to the second week program where they learn how to sprout and incorporate sprouts into their diet once they return home.

    The holistic healing program at the Optimum Health Institute consists of three week-long sessions that can be taken consecutively or independently. The sessions interlock classes and activities drawn from 24 ancient spiritual disciplines that promote healing of your body, mind and spirit. Along with guests learning how to cleanse and nourish the body with diet, fasting and exercise, they learn how to quiet and focus the mind with journaling and meditation, plus renew and awaken their spirit with study, prayer and celebration. To learn more about the OHI program call (800) 993-4325 or visit www.optimumhealth.org

     

  • Journaling is a Discovery

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    Journaling is not only a spiritual discipline – it’s a journey of discovery and illumination that takes you on a trip inside your heart, mind and soul.

    It creates a light for you to follow wherever your thoughts lead you – through transformational chapters in your life, towards your hopes and dreams for the future, or down dark tunnels of incidents and emotions long past.

    Through regular journaling, you can come to the gradual realization that everything in your life – the good, the bad and the ugly – can, upon the reflection that journaling facilitates, turn out to be important spiritual lessons that guide and redirect your path.

    Perhaps most importantly, the true gift of mindful, regular journal writing is that it creates a powerful, direct link between you and God.  Done with sacred intent, the things you write in your journal can actually facilitate a private “conversation” with God, and give you a clearer intuitive understanding of your mission, and how to live a purposeful life.

    One way to quiet the mind and open your heart to God’s guidance is first to surrender any resistance to the idea that you truly can have that kind of a personal connection with the Creator.  Believe that when you approach journaling from a prayerful and heart-centered space, you can trust the insight and inspiration you will receive.

    When you desire to do that kind of journal entry, begin by writing the first part of a sentence stating the specific information you desire to receive.  For instance, you could write, “God’s plan for me today is…”  Another exercise could be to write, “The three most important disciplines for me to bring into my life right now are…”

    After you write the beginning to that first sentence, stop and set a timer for 10 minutes.  Start the timer, and continue writing in your journal without consciously directing your thought process.  The only rule is, you must keep writing for the entire 10 minutes.

    You might find yourself starting to write something like, “This is not going to work.  God doesn’t speak to people in this way,” or, “breakfast this morning was delicious, particularly the seed cheese.”  That’s fine.  Let it flow.  Because since you set the intent to tap into divine wisdom and guidance, within the first few sentences, you will.  Without you making a conscious effort to retrieve or edit information, the stream of consciousness you’re writing for the 10 minute period will gradually shift into wise, illuminating and very specific information to support the statement you wrote at the top of the page.

    Besides this “question and answer” type of directed journaling, you could choose to write your thoughts about the Word of the Day as shared in OHI Austin and OHI San Diego’s first group prayer circle of the morning.  If the word is “hope,” how do your thoughts about hope gradually shift as the day goes on?  Journal about it, and reflect on it later.

    Journal about your latest dream – how did it make you feel?  Taking it apart and looking at specific symbols, colors, sounds and other people in the dream, what do you think it might mean?  Journaling your answers can help you unlock the divine wisdom of your “night school” adventures, and enrich your life.

    However you decide to focus your intent, journaling is a spiritual journey, discipline and mind practice that not only helps you connect body, mind and spirit – it connects you more closely to God.  Write on!

    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. For more information about OHI, visit our website at www.OptimumHealth.org .  To make your reservation, please call us at (800) 993-4325.

  • Your Body, Your Mirror

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    Candace Pert, the internationally recognized pharmacologist who has published over 250 scientific articles and numerous books, scientifically proved that every cell of our bodies has its own separate consciousness.  She also says holistic physicians of the not-too-distant future will ask patients three questions – what are you eating, how are you moving, and what are you thinking.

    She, along with medical intuitive Carolyn Myss, has seen in their work how, as Myss says, “our biography literally becomes our biology.”  The things we dwell on, those stories we hold on to about our appearance, our self-worth or our emotional vulnerability, will eventually manifest in our physical form.

    For instance, if your parents called you “fat” when you were a child, there’s an excellent chance you’ve never outgrown the feeling of being overweight, even when the scale indicates everything’s in balance.  Holding on to that story is fertile ground for developing a serious eating disorder, whether it’s a secret one, like bulimia, or one that’s more obvious, like anorexia or obesity.

    If we believe a story that gives us low self esteem, our slouching posture, or the tentative way we enter a room, loudly trumpets our self-fulfilling fear that “we’re not worthy.”

    Medical intuitives like Myss point out the body stores various emotions, which are usually always tied to our stories, in very specific organs of the body.  Grief and sadness, for instance, settle into the lungs.  Resulting symptoms, like shortness of breath, chronic bronchitis, cough and frequent colds and allergies, will continue to manifest until the root cause of the sorrow is pinpointed, and we can finally release that old story.

    Fear, weak willpower and insecurity can take hold of the kidneys, resulting in frequent urinary tract infections, or lower back pain.  Unresolved anger grips the liver, while emotional stress goes right for the heart and adjacent thymus gland, resulting in the immune system crashing.  Approximately two weeks after a breakup or other hurtful emotional situation, if we keep replaying the “tape” of that sad story, it’s very common to suffer a cold.

    The idea that the body files away our memories and emotions has, during our lifetime, evolved from a long-held spiritual belief to a scientifically acknowledged fact.

    Several years ago neurologists in Canada were conducting brain surgery on a patient, and the man needed to remain awake for the procedure.  When one of the doctors stimulated a specific part of the man’s brain, the patient spontaneously recalled a long-forgotten childhood incident in astonishing detail.  The doctor stopped the connection, and the memory just as quickly vanished.  But when the doctor re-stimulated that exact region, the same memory sprang again into the man’s consciousness. 

    While the brain literally stores the memories, it is our conscious and subconscious minds that create the “stories” we weave around the people, places and things from our past that will be mirrored in our bodies.

    In her audiobook, Your Body is Your Subconscious Mind, Dr. Pert asserts that massage and other body work modalities are excellent ways to release old memories stored in our cells.  She even laughingly recalls a particular time she reflexively reached out to punch her chiropractor when he was working on a specific part of her body that obviously had issues!  He did manage to jump out of the way in time, she assures us.

    Just knowing that our body literally holds on to old stories, and can physically reflect an imbalance of emotions, gives us the opportunity to consciously reframe or even delete “old recordings” that might be preventing us from living a joyful, purposeful life in optimum health. 

    Look into the mirror of you body and if you don’t love everything you see, know that you are free to change the story, and change the resulting physical issue. You have the power to rewrite your biography, and bring your biology into optimum balance.

    Both Dr. Pert’s audio book, Your Body is Your Subconscious Mind, and Carolyn Myss’ book, Anatomy of the Spirit , are available in the Optimum Health Store at OHI Austin and OHI San Diego.

    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 spiri

    tual goals for optimal health. For more information about OHI, visit our website at www.OptimumHealth.org .  To make your reservation, please call us at (800) 993-4325.