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Omega_Institute_How_to_Be_Happy_or_How_We_Serve_by_Beryl_Bender_Birch
One day in late March I turned on the television looking for a weather report and happened upon Matt Lauer and the rest of the Today crew perched in front of the Vatican Palace in Rome, covering the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis. The new pope was riding along through the crowds in an open-air vehicle, waving to his well-wishers. At one point the procession stopped, the pope jumped out of the car and ambled into the crowd to greet and bless a severely disabled person. It was a glorious moment. More
Omega Institute How Would You Live If You Knew You Were Being Guided? by Gabrielle Bernstein
So much of the anxiety, stress, and turmoil we experience comes from our lack of faith in the universe. We believe that we need to make everything happen and plan every detail to feel safe. We live our lives controlled by outcomes and future plans. In fleeting moments we reconnect with the flow of the universe, such as when we’re feeling serene on a meditation pillow, gazing at a still lake in the midst of a walk, or sweating it out in a yoga class. Fleeting moments of connection remind us of our truth. But what would life be like if we always remembered that we were being guided? More
Omega Institute 6 Ways to Cleanse Your Mind
Have you ever noticed that when you’re inundated with mental noise, it’s harder to stay calm and be productive—much less tune into your innate wisdom and live your life with purpose? Carla Goldstein, Omega Institute’s chief external affairs officer, observes, “We contemplate the past, we dream about the future, we worry, we anticipate, we fantasize about our lives. More
Omega Institute Measure Your Success By How Much Fun You're Having by Gabrielle Bernstein
For the past two years I’ve made the intention to measure my success with how much fun I’m having. I came to this intention after living in the opposite way and hitting bottom. For a while I was measuring my success based on my level of stress, but then I surrendered to the fact that true success must be based on happiness. More
Omega Institute The Secret Life of Kirtan by Krishna Das
People ask me, “What is your experience when you chant?” I don’t know what to tell them. What I do is a little mystical and mysterious, even to me. I can’t explain it. When I sing I start to release my thoughts and feelings and the stuff of the day. I start to get quieter inside. I am singing to that loving presence that is represented for me by my guru Neem Karoli Baba. I don’t necessarily think about him, Maharaj-ji, as a person when I’m singing. It goes deeper than that. More
Omega Institute Journaling Through the Chakras by Shiva Rea
A Ritual for New Beginnings
As we reach the end of a cycle, we feel the teachings of completion—what is dying to be reborn, an awareness of the shadow side of ourselves to be “composted” and transformed. The solstice-New Year offers a mirror of every new cycle that will arise—new moons and changes in seasons. Much as people often make New Year’s resolutions, we can reflect upon our seven fires (or seven chakras) as a way to complete the old and ignite seeds for the new cycle—not just for New Year but for all the junctures ahead. More
Omega Institute Shiva Rea 8 Rituals for a Calm & Centered Day
Ayurveda's Morning Routine
How do you tend the rhythm of your life? Ayurveda’s dinacharya (or daily routine) practices offer ways to support your well-being. Within the Tantras and Ayurveda, the first waking breath of the day is a very sacred sandhya (juncture), a practice in itself for waking from the dream state in life. It is also a reflection of where your consciousness resides. You can engage in a series of practices, described below, to help align you with the fresh energy of morning and carry those rhythms into the rest of your day. More
Omega Institute Getting to Know the Language of Yoga
108 Important Sanskrit Terms
Originating in ancient India and considered to be one of the oldest languages on Earth, Sanskrit is still relevant to yoga practice today. Sanskrit is, quite literally, the language of yoga. Many of the chants you sing in kirtan, the mantras you silently repeat in meditation, and the terms you hear in yoga class are ancient Sanskrit words. More
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Yoga Service Interview Series: Tommy Rosen
Rob: What originally motivated you to do this work, and what continues to motivate you? How, if at all, has that motivation changed over time? More

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