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Omega Institute Erica Jong on Feminism & Literature
Dearest Bette, You are so young, so before all beginning, and I want to beg you, as much as I can, to be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue.—Rainer Maria Rilke More
For the first 10 years of my work as a psychiatrist, I did not think much about trauma. I was in my 30s, and many of the people I worked with were not much older than I was. More
On Silence Silence is a good friend. It allows for the natural progression of things. Still, I remain nervous, anxious as ever to fill the void as I used to with interesting questions, chit-chat, sweet nothings that nice girls like me were taught to utter. I sure did have that nice girl persona down pat. Now what takes the place of nice? On Being A Woman More
I find that I’m zipping my lip lately, most often when I’m around our grown children. Since both sons live far away, we don’t have the luxury of casual get-togethers in which mundane conversations evolve giving a mother a clue as to what is going on in her children’s lives. Although minimal communication is fine when dealing with acquaintances and friends, it doesn’t cut it where my kids are concerned. More
Omega Institute Raising More Confident Teens
The teen years can be rocky both for kids and parents. You want them to be happy, have friends, and be successful in their lives. Yet, many days they don’t seem up to playing the part you were hoping for them. Your teen may come across as moody, rebellious, or just out of sorts. More
Omega Institute Free Your Clutter & the Rest Will Follow
Say you are presented with an exercise where someone asks you to draw a map of your home. You would likely start with your front door, or maybe a simple outline of the framework of your house. Once you divided the space with walls, doors, and rooms, you would start fleshing out your map with furniture, maybe starting with your bed, and even adding a bit of character and color. However, what would be missing from this map, no matter how much time you spent, are the pockets, or possibly mountains, of clutter that exist in your house. More
Omega Institute Put Down Your Device & Pick Up Your Life
Break the Cycle of Digital Dependency
For many of us our computers, smartphones, and tablets have taken over our lives, inserting themselves into more and more places as they have replaced functions that used be done by multiple devices, or by time-tested analog technologies.  Taking notes, listening to music, watching television shows or movies, and reading books, magazines, and newspapers are all increasingly done with the same device. Creative pursuits like photography and playing music are all now centered around a computer for many people. More
One of the most important skills we learn as girls is the ability to ask without knowing the outcome: to apply for an opportunity we might not get, to raise our hand even if we don’t know the right answer, to ask for what we want even if the answer will surely be no. Yet when it comes to friendship problems, too many of us don’t say what we need because we worry we’ll hear the word no. Fear of getting rejected, or the fact that “things will never change” are the most common explanations girls and women share about refusing to speak up. More
It's time for men and boys to start acknowledging the role male domination and socialization plays in all forms of violence against women and girls. The Centers for Disease Control states that men's violence against women is the leading cause of injury to women in this country. That would lead me to say that men's violence against women is at epidemic levels and needs to be addressed as such.  More
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”  ―Elbert Hubbard More

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