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Omega Institute Exercise Your Joy Muscle
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions," says the Dalai Lama.  Many experts and spiritual teachers tell us that happiness, or joy, is a choice that we make. In fact, research shows you can get happy in seconds once you have found the right tools. Try a few of these simple exercises to help boost your mood and feel more joy each day. More
Omega Institute A Healthy Gut Makes a Happy You: The Basics of Probiotics, Prebiotics & Fermented Foods
The Basics of Probiotics, Prebiotics & Fermented Foods
“I’ve got a gut feeling about this.” “The thought makes me nauseous.” “I’ve got butterflies in my stomach.” These common phrases intuitively express what science now recognizes: there is a direct connection between the brain and the gut. Some scientists even refer to the gut as the second, or "hidden" brain. More
Omega Institute Feel Good Now: How to Boost Your Oxytocin Level By Yourself
How to Boost Your Oxytocin Level
Have you ever perused The Daily Puppy during a stressful day at work? Have you ever felt that if someone just gave you a hug everything would be better?  Your instincts are spot on. These actions, and many others, can activate a hormone called oxytocin, also known as the "feel-good," “love,” and "trust" hormone.  More
Omega Institute Raising a Digital Native
What the Research Says About Parenting in the Age of Technology
Richie Byrne is the warm-up comedian for The Dr. Oz Show. One of his funniest jokes is when he asks people to turn off their cell phones, “If you don't know how to turn off your phone, don’t worry, we have a 9-year-old standing by to help you.” Today's children have grown up surrounded by technology and they seem to understand how to work any device. They're called digital natives. More
Omega Institute How to Recognize & Deal With Emotional Triggers
The news. Family. Work. Stress. Life. Many things can trigger a response that knocks you out of being centered and calm and sends you tumbling into an unpleasant emotion like anger, jealousy, or even sadness. It doesn't matter how often you meditate or how long you can hold a headstand, we are all triggered by something, sometime. It's a part of life. The question is, are you able to recognize when you feel triggered and then access tools for working with these emotions? More
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. Types: Kirtan (in the yoga, Sikh, and Hindu traditions), Buddhist chanting, and Gregorian chant. 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

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