Body, Mind & Karma* Health
de-stress, Relaxation, concentration, anxiety & Depression, gut & brain connection, Self-Care, Healthy Homes, Life & Career, Nutrition & Cooking, YOga, Fitness, Meditation, Creativity, Meaning, feeling, Loneliness, Weight-loss, Addiction, Allergies & Sensitivities, cravings, Inflammation, Disease & Disorders, pain, Relationships, Breathing, inflexibility, Low Impact Living, Family Unity, Relationships, Climate Consciousness. love & compassion. Sex & touch. action. peace of body & mind. Hope. faith.
Nothing is more spiritual than being healthy and it is said that meditation is one of the most powerful tools on the planet to get there, and we agree. That’s why we created the O·live 8 Mind Detox Dialogue, the “incredible ethos” behind pretty much all we do at O·live. It is based upon eight propositions derived from well established conclusions in the physical and social sciences and the humanities, and loosely corresponds to the Jhanas in Buddhist teachings (stages of meditation), the Ashtanga 8 limbs, and probably some other jammin’ good gob of teaching we haven’t stumbled upon (phenomenology?) In short we combine meditation with a fresh look at ourselves in light of modern research, and roll this all up into a creative lifestyle with the best vegan diet, good yoga, exercise, sleep, love and a few other essential this and thats.
In other words, this is O•live, or that is, depending upon your point of reference.
In any case, come closer. No matter where you are or come from, our role is to help you embark on a journey that is not only physically and emotionally therapeutic, but will immerse you in the miraculous awareness of life itself, and your unique spin on it.
You’re worth Billions
Regardless of your struggles in life, or in spite of them, that you exist is evidence enough for us to believe the universe wants you here. Whether it’s a mathematical equation you need to support that or something else, once you feel this possibility, and yes, we mean feel it, the joy and agony included, everything from then on becomes part of the amazing process of being alive and observing what grows out of your celebration of that improbability. It took 13 to 14 billion years to craft you, and so rather than offering market-driven pre-packaged health services or health advice, we offer a set of understandings and methods that can be tailored to and implemented into your life wherever you are. Get what you want, not what someone else, or some market forces prescribe for you.
Take, & Eat of the Earth
Physicists tell us that we were born of the stars and biologists tell us we were born of the soil, literally. To improve your health you must learn to feel the earth with your own gut, and privilege and cherish a feeling that connects you to the memory of life and the ecosystem you came from.
Food is just one of the many forms that emerge from the soil, you and we are another, the components and the soil’s energy making up our organs and bodies. Everything we do at O·live stems from our deep (r)evolutionary sensitivity to nature and our body’s being it, and to the soil, the water, the air, and all the lives who depend upon it, too, large or small. We humbly acknowledge the impact human activity has on the earth’s living systems, including your living system. If you “kill your mama”, you kill yourself. The Earth’s health is your health, and your health is the Earth’s health.
There’s no doubt we can survive on both plant and animal-sourced food, but that’s not the point anymore. The question is, what do you want? A plant-based diet gives the Earth and you the only real chance to thrive rather than merely survive (if that). From our perspective, and for the best results in everything we do, including our sports activities, our relationships, our moods and imaginations, we have to eat vegan or as close to it as possible. The data is overwhelming, the feeling is, too. Animal agriculture is killing us all.
Feelings, all of them, pain included, are there to be felt. See them as a silent language (or the most elaborate form of thought). To be healed we need to understand feelings again, as we did before we were told to ignore them. As we did very early on in our lives.
Feel f' Real is a method we developed to help build awareness in you, of you. Research has brought validity to the old saying, “listen to your gut” and you’ll learn to discover that there are no wrong feelings or wrong pain. All of them are valid and part of what makes you unique. Learning to validate and feel them allows you to cooperate with them, find your creative solutions and the means to channel them into healthy action, something proven to heal the deepest of wounds and create the most fulfilling of lives. It may be the case that a disease, a pain, or a feeling you once hated might become the best thing that ever happened to you.
The solutions of older generations have become our problems. Whether it’s redundant thinking around our bodies, our agriculture, our lack of equality or superfluity of production, it all stems from past needs and past times. Karma derives from the Sanskrit word Karman, meaning action, effect, fate, and karmentum is karma + momentum put together in one word. Our karmentum detox inspires innovative ideas through creative meditations and tangible creative acts of hope to solve today's puzzles. Healthy ideas are mostly the offspring of healthy bodies and minds. Through learning to explore and develop a sensitivity to, and acknowledge your personal karmentum, those of others, as well as the earth’s, you’ll discover inner healing powers you weren’t aware you had. You’ll learn to fully use (not abuse) the best of ancient and modern methods and traditions combined.
Momentum = mass x velocity, or, history, or matter in motion, you in the world, you being dumped into life while it was already way along in the process.
Join the O•live family for any kind of change.
We have been praised by the most traveled of reporters but not because we have the nicest pools or best ACs (most of which are unsustainable) but because what we do works, including and especially for anyone. What we have is an understanding that the changes we need or seek in our lives often require scrutinizing the most familiar of forms, physical, social, and psychological. Our venues are lovely, sure, but more lovely is our ability to synthesize knowledge from all disciplines and world views while resisting cliches at all levels. You'll learn from the latest scientific research and most ancient wisdom, and how to incorporate this learning back home. We believe in everyone's right to be healthy (all the living) and define what that is for themselves. It works everywhere, anytime, but what makes it so quick (only 7 days!) at O•live is our Nature, our real venue. We bow to it.