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Omega Institute Why Giving Makes Us Feel Good
If you ask most people why they give money to charity or volunteer their time, the answer is probably because they want to make a difference in their community or in the world. But research is finding that our brains' pleasure circuits become activated when we give—meaning that besides doing good, donating our money or time actually makes us feel good. More
Omega Institute 4 Ways Urban Gardens Strengthen Community
1. Access to Safe, Nutritious FoodUrban agriculture is an important part of an ecologically sustainable and abundant food production system. According to the USDA, 15 percent of global food production takes place in urban environments and provides some food security for growing urban populations. More
Omega Institute Breathe Better Now: 5 Ways to Boost Your Health With Your Breath
5 Ways to Boost Your Health With Your Breath
Thich Nhat Hanh says, "Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity."  Studies have shown that breathing techniques can also boost your health by helping to relieve anxiety and depression, lower blood pressure, and even alter your genesMore
Omega Institute Is Overwhelm Your New Normal?
We live in a culture of stress and overwhelm. Most people are juggling work, friends, family, health, travel, and that's if all is well.  Here's a pretty typical scene: More
Omega Institute Twin Healing Traditions: A History of Medicine & Religion by Harold G. Koenig
A History of Medicine & Religion
Many today might think that religion and medicine are two very different endeavors, that the mere suggestion that religion is relevant to health and health care is something new and different. However, this is not true.  What is new and different is the distinct separation of religion from medicine, a relatively recent phenomenon in the United States and that, in some countries, has still not occurred. More
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An Interview With Robert Peng
Omega: What inspired you to start studying with your spiritual master, Xiao Yao, at such a young age? Robert: When I was eight, I developed a serious heart condition and the doctor couldn’t help. He said, “You have to quit school and stay home to rest,” but that was boring, so within a few days I snuck out of my building and into a nearby hotel. Inside, I found a boiler room where I liked to watch the fire. My master was the boiler attendant. He was such a nice person and a wonderful storyteller. I returned again and again.  More
Omega Institute Yoga & Mindfulness for Kids by Jennifer Cohen Harper
What 10 Years of Research Reveals
Yoga and other mindfulness practices have been the subject of an increasing amount of research as they have become more popular in the West. For example, science now supports many of the benefits traditionally associated with yoga practice, including decreased stress and increased physical and emotional wellness. Recent advances in neuroscience confirm that contemplative practices, such as yoga and mindfulness meditation, can change the physical structure of the brain, effectively training it to work in more positive and productive ways. More
Omega Institute Healthy & Sexy at 75: An Interview With Mimi Kirk
An Interview With Mimi Kirk
Omega: You are in your mid-70s and very healthy. Do you think there's a way to feel your age, or even feel old, while maintaining a sense of grace and vitality? More