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Self-Effort as a Barrier to Liberation
Sometimes we try so hard on our spiritual journey that we get in our own way. David Harshada Wagner describes how dropping all effort and spending time in nature helped him recognize his own divine nature. "Self-effort is the greatest impediment to realization.” The old swami’s words felt like a kick in the stomach. We were having lunch together, discussing sadhana and the role of self-effort on the spiritual path. When he said this, immediately, I was ready to argue. More
The real search isn’t a search into tomorrow, or to anywhere other than now. It’s starting to look into the very nature of this moment. In order to do that, you have to “stand in your own two shoes,” as my teacher used to say. What she meant by “standing in your own two shoes” is you have to look clearly into your own experience. Stop trying to have someone else’s experience. Stop chasing freedom or happiness, or even spiritual enlightenment. Stand in your own shoes, and examine closely: What’s happening right here and right now? Is it possible to let go of trying to make anything happen? More
Can breathwork and mindful awareness help you cultivate well-being and lead to a harmonious state of mind? Dan Siegel, codirector of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA and a leader in the field of contemplative neuroscience, explains how breath awareness works. More
An Omega Story
When it comes to fear, nothing terrifies some people more than public speaking. Here, Dara Riegel describes how her time at Omega had a positive impact on her public speaking abilities and her life, by helping her overcome her own fears. Today I presented on the power of blogging to an audience of 60 business owners. And I didn’t vomit. Or cry. Or turn the color of a freshly slapped face. More
Monthly Horoscope for August 2013 Aries (March 20-April 19) More
The Body-Mind Connection
The number of soldiers and veterans who suffer with post-traumatic stress are alarmingly high. As it is, the health-care system is not able to help enough of those who need healing now. So what can be done? Yoga can help. Retreats and yoga classes for veterans and their families are springing up nationwide. Programs that train veterans and yoga teachers in sharing yoga with veterans exist in surprising numbers. And for good reason. More
When life turns upside down and nothing seems to go right, intuitive Lynn A. Robinson offers these five helpful steps to keep you going or turn you around. What are some steps you can take when life has handed you lemons and you haven’t yet figured out how to make lemonade? Be Patient More
The Song You Came to Sing by Tama Kieves
When you feel called to pursue your dreams, is it your ego or your integrity calling? You belong in the life of your dreams, says Tama Kieves, bestselling author of This Time I Dance! Creating the Work You Love. If you long to discover and thrive in the work that you were meant to do, you must first accept what it means to be called. More
How to Shift from Dark to Light
There are so many things in life and in the world around us that are dark and difficult. Deborah King, a master healer and author of Truth Heals, asks: What if we accept negative events in our life as a pathway to growth and enlightenment? There are so many things that we deal with every day in our own lives and in the world around us that are dark and difficult. There are times when it’s hard to imagine that the world will change and life will get easier. More
August combines the passion of the fire signs with the empathy of the water signs. Let's start with the two lunations—the Leo New Moon of August 6 and the Aquarius Full Moon of August 20. More

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