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Omega Institute Chanting Meditation 101
What: Chanting meditation is a musical practice during which you sing or chant sacred mantras, phrases, and/or songs, often accompanied by live instruments. Some practices sing or chant in unison; others follow a call-and-response format. More
Omega Institute Seeking Higher Self by Beryl Bender Birch
The Journey Within
Yoga is simple. It only takes a little attention, a little practice every day, and soon we realize we have developed a regular practice. We meditate for ten or fifteen minutes every morning; we do a regular asana practice. We use the breathing exercises or a yoga nidra recording to relax and calm the mind. More
Omega Institute Forest Bathing
The Healing Potential of a Walk in the Woods
Spending time outside is instinctive and intuitive. After all, we evolved in tandem with the natural world, though most of us—especially Americans—don't spend much time there anymore. But as anyone who heads out for a walk or travels into the countryside for a weekend knows, being outdoors makes us feel good. More
Omega Institute A Mindful Approach to Therapy
Mindfulness is a popular technique for dealing with everyday stress. It is also becoming a more widely used tool in therapy as research begins to accumulate indicating mindfulness can be as effective as medicine in some cases.  Mindfulness meditation teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as paying attention in a particular way—on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgment. More
Omega Institute Why This Congressman Is Bringing Mindfulness to Vets Tim Ryan
Wisconsin native Travis Leanna was 22 years old in 2007, when he was deployed to Fallujah for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Initially buzzing with excitement over the prospect of heading overseas and into combat, the young Marine quickly realized that the experience would be nothing like what he expected. Leanna spent most of his time in Fallujah hiding in various locations, working with improvised explosive devices, and looking for civilians who were making bombs. More
Omega Institute The Great PTSD Name Debate
In recent years, a debate has been brewing between the U.S. Army, the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and veterans’ and women’s advocates about the pros and cons of the medical term post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. More
Omega Institute Emerging Theories of Consciousness
Philosophers and scientists have pondered the nature of consciousness for centuries. Now more than ever, scientists are adding some pretty interesting theories to the discussion. But is understanding consciousness simply a question of brain physiology and chemistry, or is there something larger at play? Explaining consciousness from a scientific point of view is going to be hard, according to Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist David Chalmers. More
Omega Institute Save Your Seeds
For most gardeners, the season begins in late winter when seed catalogs arrive in the mail featuring backyard crops like ornamental kale, watermelon radish, and heirloom tomatoes. Growing plants from seed allows you to start your garden early by germinating seeds inside and offers a larger selection of herbs and vegetables to choose from. More

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