Good MGet Ready to Jump into July!indful Monday Morning everyone! I have joined a collective challenge with my school, the Health Coach Institute, to get as many people up and Jumping into July as possible! This challenge provides an opportunity to get moving three times a day and although it encourages you to jump rope, I am using it as a metaphor for Jumping into not only physical movement but jumping into all ways you can experience whole health and well-being! When was the last time you jumped into caring for your body, mind and spirit? Let this half-year mark reignite you to Spark the Change as we coaches like to say.


Each day I will be posting a little motivation to get you going, a recipe for an energy meal, ways to relax and to have just have fun! Set yourself a goal for the month and follow along with our group for extra tips, fun, encouragement, accountability and support. You can sign up for the challenge and receive your packet  at www.healthcoachinstitute.com/jumpintojuly.   We Health Coaches know that when one person is motivated to become their best self, those around them benefit too. We would like to see the whole community and global community rise up to experience the greatest sense of Well-Being. Please join my Facebook Group for fun, support and sharing as we all Jump Into the Best Versions of Ourselves! Once you have signed up, You can join my facebook group at: (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1703004546662015/)

To celebrate the 4th, free yourself from old routines that are not getting you where you want to BE. Jump into Being Healthy, in Mind, Body and Spirit. See you there!



How are you nurturing your way hOMe today?

Finding your way hOMe.

Hearts continue to blossom into Spring…

Heart shaped flower As Heart and Valentine month come to a close and March signals the promise of spring, keep your heart centered practices strong! This is the fourth is a series of Heart Health blogs we have celebrated this February.  The four chambers of the heart have metaphorically been shared as mind, body, emotion and spirit.  Today we look at the spiritual component of heart health.  Healing means to become whole and for this reason,  anyone can heal even if they are on their death bed.   It is not about avoiding death, it is the feeling of connecting to hOMe.   Dr. Paul Pearsall, in his book, The Heart’s Code, shares, ” we heal in order to be whole with the systems around us and to be able to care for, heal, and protect these systems, including people, plants, animals, and places.”  We are all in a constant state of healing as our heart and body are always in a state of self-correction.  When we lose touch with our primary stabilizer, our heart, we are disconnected from what resonates with our soul.  When we feel connected to others and they to us, our heart feels re-enchanted and energetically reconnected with the world. Our heart opens to wholeness.  Connecting to our heart’s wisdom allows us to fall into a shared resonance with other hearts in a form of compassionate spirit.  We beat as one when we slow down and simply Be.

We can use a day or a month to bring awareness to any dis-ease or upset to our homeostatic state but the heart remains our center of gravity as we continue to navigate through the rest of the year, day by day. Remaining or attaining wholeness is  a daily practice that not only keeps our body at its optimal functioning but our mind and spirit in top shape as well.  Let the beginning of March, whether it comes in like a lion or not, start the breath of fresh air to our psyches. Think of new beginnings, little seedlings sprouting, pussy willows popping out, snow drops bursting out as soon as the snow melts. The time for growth is always now and let these beautiful promises of spring in the natural world touch our hearts so we may resonate  with a fresh new spirit to everything around us.  Get out and notice what might be rising out of the depths of winter, walk in the fresh air with a new lovie, write or call an old friend and make plans to get together this spring and summer Feel how this is what healing is and remember, Heart hugs are always welcome as is the spirit of ALoha. Make it a great week and let’s be thrilled it’s March!!!  ALoha!

Have you Thanked Your Heart Today?

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Happy Aloha Friday my friends!


Today marks the third Friday of Heart Health Month and Friday blogs are about connection to something concerning mind, body and spirit. The four Fridays this month have been devoted to mind, body, emotion and spirit, represented by the four chambers of the heart. Today we are appreciating the connection to our hearts, our beloved center of emotional expression.


How often do we refer our experiences to how it makes our heart feel? He sure is a “heart-throb”. That letter was “heartfelt”. My “heart is breaking”, I am ‘broken-hearted” and “my heart aches”. I could name a hundred of these that connect us to intense emotions we can feel from day to day and in a lifetime of experiences. We know our hearts can feel resonance and can experience entrainment, synchronizing heartbeat patterns with others. The HeartMath Institute has done fascinating research with this. Entraining can happen when we feel compassion and empathy and are able to feel what the other person is feeling.

In stress management using biofeedback, we can learn to slow down our heart rates, relax our muscles, breathing and blood vessels during the relaxation response. We can put ourselves into an emotional state from the kinds of thoughts we conjure up, linking feelings of joy, heartache, grief, separation, love , fear, etc. to heart health. These can be stressful states or feelings of eustress, or good stress. Our hearts don’t always know the difference. When a person suffers an extreme loss, especially an unexpected one, there is even a condition called “ the broken heart syndrome” where one can literally fall ill, sometimes fatally in response to intense grief. Many of us have personal stories of this or have heard of this happening. One such recent one may have been the death of Debbie Reynolds so soon after hearing of her daughter (Carrie Fisher)’s death.


The emotions and stress stirred up by recent political events are a cause for concern. Anger can be a positive way to move forward and fuel the energy needed for change but it can also reek havoc on our hearts. It can have the same effect of intense grief and cause our hearts to ache for another outcome. It is the feeling of deep disconnection that isolates us from three of life’s deepest human needs; love, safety and belonging. How do we mind and mend our hearts?


Making the mindful decision to take notice, slow down, take deep breaths and feel calm can be heartsaving, let alone heart healing. Take a yoga class, listen to music, go out and Dance! Reach out and be with a friend, a family member or a tribe who share your common values. Be present, hold space for each other as we try to navigate the sometimes uncharted waters. Let your hearts beat as one, feel the connection with yourself and with others. Keep a gratitude journal, your heart will thank you as you appreciate what hard work this little fist sized organ does for you as you put it through it’s workout. Turn this into a heart-centered meditation as you feel the energy and love your heart has for you and then turn that out into the world, letting it flow out like a pebble in a pond. We need this more than ever. Feel the intense joy in connecting with these other hearts, all beating in time with each other. Be the Aloha you wish to see in the world. See you next Friday for our final February Heart series where we will talk about Spirit and it’s connection to Heart Health. Have a great weekend everyone!

Minding the Heart!

Minding the Heart

Happy Aloha Friday Everyone! This is the second in a series of Heart Centered Aloha Fridays that honor Heart Month. I have metaphorically used the four chambers of the heart to represent mind, body, emotions and spirit.  Last week we talked about the physical heart and it’s connection to what we eat and the importance of balancing nutrients, specifically carbs and sugar.  This Friday we look at our thoughts and their energetic value to our heart health.  Behavioral medicine research has shown that our mind and how we think can have a huge impact on our health.  Our brain does not recognize “NOT” so when we say ” I do NOT want heart disease (or fill in the blank), our brain hears, ” I want heart disease”.  Our thoughts and intentions become our reality so paying mindful attention to our thoughts can contribute to the love and compassion we give to ourselves. Can you turn your self-talk into loving your heart? Feeling gratitude for the enormous workload your heart handles every second relaxes the arteries, keeps the blood flowing throughout our body so that every cell is nourished and filled with oxygen and love.  The connection between mind and heart is profound, each thought holding space for this magnificent organ to perform it’s perfect symphonic beat. Each morning, appreciate your heart, send it some love, set the intention for paying attention to how you think and what you say and the affect it can have on your heart. Being the Aloha we wish to see in the world reflects the kindness our hearts feel and express.  In the next two weeks, we will explore more metaphors, meditations and connections that can keep our hearts strong, appreciated and shared with the world.  Have a wonderful Aloha Friday and weekend and send your heart some love!

Taking Your Heart in your own Hands.

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Happy Mindful Monday everyone! This week we are looking to mind our heart health and in the process, be as optimally and holistically well as possible. Most of my professional work has been in the care of the Heart and what used to be a mostly physical connection.  However, in my years of mind/body/spirit study, I started teaching relaxation techniques and educating cardiac patients of the connections to their hearts otherwise ignored in the past.  “Meditation” was  a no-no back then so other words were substituted while I guided them in imagery exercises to quiet their bodies, minds and stir their imaginations.  Music and imagery were their favorites and soon I took it from the Community Centers to the Hospital where each session of rehab today always ends in relaxation, meditation and imagery exercises. Since then, many mind/body  links to cardiac health have been documented in  studies and implemented in programs across the country where diet, exercise, yoga, meditation, group therapy and spiritual mindfulness have become the new model for treating and preventing heart disease.  I have just finished a new book titled, The Whole Heart Solution by Joel Kahn, MD,  preventive Cardiologist and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine.  His philosophy parallels the idea of “it takes a village” and uses is as it takes a whole body to beat a heart. We have fragmented medicine into so many specialties, most doctors look at their specific organ of expertise and ignore the rest of the picture. For a heart to be and beat healthy, it takes a healthy gut,  healthy adrenals, non-inflammed blood vessels, good levels of sex hormones, a strong immune system unencumbered by antibiotic use, less toxins in our food and environment and that’s just the physical!  We are responsible for helping our bodies stay in the healthy continuum of homeostasis or balance to optimize our health.  DNA is not a death sentence either.  Having heart disease in your family may make you more prone but now we know with epigenetics, we have the ability to choose a lifestyle that will turn those genes on or off.  This book looks at the medications used in heart disease, important dietary supplements to use in conjunction with those meds or at times, for prevention.  From decreasing toxins in our food, environment, products we use for our hair, teeth and bodies to mindfulness meditation, yoga, pet therapy and cultivating social and spiritual connections are all part of not only a healthy heart but a healthy body that will help defend against other diseases and cancers. I highly recommend this book to you which can be found on Amazon, The Whole Heart Solution,. Despite it’s title, it is filled with good advice for a great Wellness Prescription and gives you the option to write your own. Mind your WHOLE body and heart this week and set the intention to write your own Rx for Health.  See you on Aloha Friday!

Wear RED for this Aloha Friday!


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Happy Aloha Friday!

This month, February, as a Heart Health and Wellness Coach, I am dedicating each Aloha Friday blog to Heart Health.  Today is actually wear red day to honor heart health awareness for women.  Aloha Friday blogs have been about connection and today we dive into the connection we have to our hearts, the center of our compassion, love for ourselves and others, the seat of our souls. There are physically four chambers of the heart, two atria and two ventricles. From a holistic perspective, I like to divide the chambers into four areas of the heart representing body, mind, emotions and spirit.

This Aloha Friday we look at the body chamber of the heart and the care that needs to happen for our hearts to function well for us.  All the chambers connect to each other to symbiotically create a beautiful symphony that only not keeps the heart as a whole healthy, it creates the base for the rest of our body health and life health as well.  Nourishing our hearts starts with what  foods we choose to eat.  For years, we believed saturated fats and cholesterol were no-nos and an entire low-fat marketing campaign began which is still very prevalent today. Today with more research, we learn  the biggest inflammatory process leading to heart disease as well as other illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer, auto-immune disorders, etc. is SUGAR! Yes, the little white refined, processed substance along with her sister powder, white flour is more addictive than cocaine or heroin.  We can’t seem to get enough of the stuff, from our love of carbs, bread, crackers, cookies, cakes and more to all the foods we eat at restaurants, take out fast food or a box of processed food we have in our cupboards.  There are hidden sugars everywhere and all the low-fat, gluten free products out there have added sugar in them to enhance the taste and to make us want more!  Sugar has caused us to be an obese nation, diabetes is an epidemic, even in children.  Children as young as 6 are being diagnosed with Type II diabetes.

There are great ways to kick the sugar habit and I address those in my talks I give locally.  The problem with testing glucose is even with normal blood sugar levels, insulin levels may be elevated and that causes the same endothelial and vascular damage that high sugar does. Make sure you ask for insulin levels as well as blood sugar levels when you are at your check-ups. The overdose of sugar in our system makes our pancreas work overtime and when all the sugar receptors are taken, the extra just turns to fat. That extra roll around your waist is most likely due to fat storage from sugar and carb consumption.  If you would like to learn more about the connection between your diet and heart health, you may benefit from a complementary consultation from me during the month of February. Together we can find a way to keep your heart healthy, reduce your risk factors for heart disease  in a fun, non-judgmental way so you can live a long and healthy life! You will learn easy ways to balance your blood sugar, gain energy, lose that roll and feel great.  You may contact me at ceselimilstein@gmail.com for more information and stay tuned for next Aloha Friday’s blog on the mind connection to our heart health. Have a wonderful WEAR RED day and weekend. Aloha!


Be your own Placebo

balanceGood Afternoon everyone! This image reminded me of a book, You Are The Placebo by Joe Dispenza.  We are all aware of the placebo effect.  Used as part of experiments to test for efficacy of drug therapy, placebo is an inert substance given in place of the drug of choice and more often than not, the effects of the drug are no better than placebo.  When people are given a drug and told it will work, it has long been thought the belief in the treatment was enough to affect a good outcome of therapy.  New science and technologies now can explain exactly why placebo not only works but how we can be our own placebo.  Strong beliefs whether it be for a treatment or any favorable desire or intention changes our mind/body physiology and allows us to attain  homeostasis or balance that becomes our optimal healing space.  Our bodies are in a constant balancing act but it listens to what we think, how we think, what we believe and how we feel emotionally.  Each thought carries a message that has the capacity to heal or not.  When we are in balance and operating at the optimal level, we are healthy in body, mind and spirit.  Many experiments from this book involve meditation and looking at the brain wave changes that can occur during an intentional practice that has had healing outcomes.  It is a fascinating look at the quantum power we all have at our disposal if we learn how to access it.   A few minutes of meditation practice a day can reap huge rewards for your health.  It puts ourselves in balance and provides us with an opportunity to heal our wounds and those of others through intention as well.  This Tuesday, I invite you to have  the intention to take a few minutes a day to quiet your mind, bring your mind/body space into equilibrium and be your own placebo.  Remember, it is a practice, a lifelong one, and one that can illicit powerful changes within us and around us. Make it a wonderful week filling your body with Aloha!

Are you Living a Whole Life?



5659014_keep_calm_and_seek_a_health_coachAloha all,


As some of you may know, I have been a lifelong student of Mind/Body connections, Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, and Natural Healing. I am excited to share with you that I have now decided to bring all my passions together and I have become a Certified Health and Wellness Coach.

When I started my “cOMe hOMe to OM” blog a couple of years ago, I invited you to begin the week with a Mindful Monday intention for a good week – choosing something from your everyday life to inspire, create joy and mindful awareness. At the end of the week, I shared Aloha Friday musings that would speak to connecting yourself to your body, mind and spirit that in a unique way generating gratitude, a zest for living and love into your life. My writings sought to integrate a thread of Aloha, philosophy of love, beauty of nature and connection to spirit that motivated my sense – and hopefully your sense – of well-being.

Growing up in Hawaii, I was blessed to experience the Aloha spirit that permeates through the people, the beauty of the environment, the respect for nature and our Hawaiian heritage. This spirit appears in our spoken and unspoken words and in the language of our hearts. It is the welcOMing sound of aunties, uncles, tutus and ukuleles, the smell of intoxicating flowers, the feel of cool waterfalls and mist upon our sun-drenched skin – that together have inspired my passions and created my purpose and mission –

“To help others find the Aloha in their hearts, minds and spirit – leading to wholeness, well-being and transformation.”

 My desire to assist others in becoming the best version of themselves is the focus of my coaching. I concentrate on weight loss, increased energy, stress management and habit change so that healthier behavior emerges from your desire. Teaching people to use their own intuition to guide them towards better choices for themselves is the fun part. Most people know that they SHOULD do something do to get what they want, they just don’t always know WHAT or HOW to do it. Here’s where coaching can be so instrumental for change. Health coaching offers the right system, support and accountability needed to affect change. I am part cheerleader and part tough love Sherpa – offering a non-judgmental experience to keep you on track towards your goals while having fun along the way.

If what you have tried in the past has not worked, or offered only temporary results, simply to drift away, yet you would still like to become the person you desire, consider a free hour coaching session. I guarantee that I will have you walking away with at least one AHA moment. Interesting, AHA is an integral part of AloHA. It is because when you realize there is a way to become the person whom you have always envisioned – a space opens up for the heart and the spirit – the Aloha Spirit – that has always been there to guide you – just waiting for your AHA.

I invite you to cOMe, find your center and the key to ultimate well-being that has always resided within you. Together, let’s find what is stopping you or slowing you down from this magical discovery. Please message me (ceselimilstein@gmail.com) to schedule your free consultation, a $75 value and let’s begin the transformation!

Mahalo and Aloha, Ceseli



Ushering in a New Year


ho'ponopono imageIt is Aloha Friday everyone and I am reposting a piece that I have edited for this year. As we begin a new month tomorrow, we also will be starting the Jewish High Holidays on Sunday evening as the weekend comes to a close. Take a moment as we start a new season, a new year and a new month to cleanse your inner landscape and start anew. Reconnect with an old friend, start a new body/mind/soul practice and experience the soul of the season that invites us to be mindful of change and renewal.

Rosh Hashanah has for many years been a mixed blessing of a holiday for me.  It starts with joyous food, apples and honey, challah baked with love and blessings for a sweet and healthy New Year.  The period ends with erev Yom Kippur, an evening of rushed early dinners and plenty of water before the fast and a rush to the synagogoue so as not to miss Kol Nidrei, the most beautiful service of the week.  The lilting melody is a mindful recognition of the solemnity of the day to come where most of the day is spent in prayer and heartfelt cleansing of the year’s soul.   We fast and are reminded to be hungry for peace, hungry for compassion, hungry for empathy, hungry for a better year and a better future.  We repent for collective misdeeds and atone for them as well.  I am reminded of the Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono where the prayer is, “ I am Sorry, Please Forgive me, I love you. Thank you.”    I choose to use this as my prayer to myself, my loved ones and the world around me.  It is also a time where any loss is acutely felt, whether it was a long ago loss or a recent one.  For a couple of decades, I am reminded on this day of loved ones passed, a miscarriage of a longed for third child that occurred right before Rosh Hashanah so many years ago. Two years ago I stood for Mourner’s Kaddish for the first time after losing my dearest Mama that summer.  It will be an emotional prayer this year, a personal reminder of deeply felt loss.  It may debride the scab formed on my heart, break it open and I will feel the pain of grief once again.  Then as we move through the service of putting the year behind us and readying ourselves for dusk and sealing the Book of Life for the year, I will feel spent but mindful that life always begins anew and the blessings of love continue to shower my growing family and friends.  I will break the fast, drink a little wine and fall into deep slumber, knowing I always do the best I can and I will continue to pursue the gifts life gives to my soul and share them with others. May you be inscribed in the Book of Life for a happy, healthy and fulfilling year.  L’shana tova.


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