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Omega Institute Being a Nonbeliever During the Holidays
Finding Meaning in a Season of Celebration
If you look at your calendar on any given month, you will find a number of religious holidays. March has everything from the beginning of Lent (a Christian holiday) to Naw Ruz (a Baha’i holiday) and April has more than a dozen religious holidays. However, in the West, we think of the "holiday season” as, not so much a season, but the month of December. December anchors the year with the blockbuster holidays of Christmas and Hanukkah, along with Kwanzaa and Las Posadas. It is a time of cheer, excitement, and gatherings, both familial and communal. More
Omega Institute Deciding to Go Solo For the Holidays
Ram Dass said it best, “If you think you are truly enlightened, go spend a weekend with your parents.” Many people might extend this sentiment to the holidays. While some see it as a time to gather and celebrate with community and family, others might feel a desire to catch up on much-needed downtime and just be alone. More
Omega Institute Walking Meditation for Kids by Jennifer Cohen Harper
Walking Meditation is a grounding and steadying mindfulness activity that gives your child access to something that she can do anytime and anyplace when she needs to tune in to her own body and mind. It is a simple but supportive practice. The repetitive movement is soothing, and for many children the movement helps to quiet their minds. This is best done without shoes on.   More
Omega Institute Find Your In-Breath
4 Ways Women Can Reduce Holiday Stress
Holiday stress seems about as traditional these days as cookie exchanges and tree trimming. Women in particular tend to have full plates all year, but especially during this end-of-year rush. More
Omega Institute Skip the Toxins and Make Healthy Snacks for the Kids
Research has found that children exposed to the chemicals in food packaging are more likely to be obese or develop insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes. One study in the journal PLOS ONE, found a link between obesity and Bisphenol-A (BPA), used in everything from metal cans to plastic bottles, while another study, published in the September issue of Pediatr More
Vedic Astrology and Compatibility
No one is perfect—not even you. Couples become happiest in relationships when they realize what their relationship priorities really are, and then act from those priorities. When they do, the relationship thrives despite imperfections. Let me explain what I mean by this… When you realize that no one and no relationship is perfect, then—as my teacher William Levacy likes to say—“Life takes on a special perfection of its own.” More
Omega Institute Wake Up From Your Personal Story by Adyashanti
Spiritual people often want unconditional support and understanding from their friends, family, and mates, but all too often seem blind to their own shortcomings when it comes to the amount of unconditional support and understanding that they give to others. I have seen many spiritual people become obsessed with how unspiritual others are and assume an arrogant and superior attitude while completely missing the fact that they themselves are not nearly as spiritually enlightened as they would like to think they are. More
Omega Institute 5 Mindfulness Practices for Children, and Caregivers, Too by Traci Childress
Traci Childress, codirector of the Children’s Community School in West Philadelphia, shares mindfulness practices she integrates into the school's curriculum and practices with her two young children. More
Omega Institute Are You Afraid of Love? by David Richo
How To Work Through the Fear of Love
Most of us fear love as much as we want it, sometimes less, sometimes more. We fear both the receiving and giving of full-on love. The engaged focus on us from loving eyes can feel invasive. Those who want our love can seem to be asking too much of us. The vulnerability inherent in loving and in being loved can be quite daunting. We want love to happen on our own terms. We want to show love only in the exact way that feels safe to us. We want full control of the love we parcel out: how much, how long, how deep. More

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