Ancestral Affirmation: Finding Inspiration in Black History | Omega

In times of rapid and disruptive change, it is often useful to draw inspiration for moving forward from the lessons of the past. Such is the power of the African-American story in the United States of America, where painful history has been overcome through innovation, deep faith, rich art, and countless other benefits imbued in our world today. Below is a small sample of this profound legacy as shared by Omega teachers.

  • Celebrating Our Stories

    In this poignant teaching originally recorded at Omega's Being Fearless Conference in 2017, best-selling author and mindfulness teacher Rhonda Magee honors her African-American heritage and discusses mindfulness for social justice.
  • "We Are the Harvest of Survivors"

    GirlTrek cofounders T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison discuss the lessons of courage and strength they learned from connecting with their mothers and grandmothers.
  • The Noble Legacy of Black Ecological Stewards

    Revisiting and reclaiming the history of people of color in agriculture helped Leah Penniman, founding coexecutive director of Soul Fire Farm, find her place as a contemporary Black farmer and social justice advocate.
  • Article

    Sing Your Prayers: An Interview With Bobby McFerrin

    A World Full of Amazing Sounds and Possibilities

    10-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin has taught musical improvisation at Omega for more than 25 years. In this intimate interview, he reminds us that we're all improvising our way through life, and offers wisdom for living authentically, connecting to something beyond ourselves, and embracing the joy of play to experience more freedom.
  • "We Are Oral Historians"

    From performing with Sweet Honey in the Rock to building vocal communities worldwide, Ysaye Barnwell talks about the importance of community singing in the Civil Rights Movement and laments the decline of community singing today.
  • Video

    4 Core Principles of Yoruba Spirituality

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    Exploring Ancient African Spirituality

    The Yoruba tradition is one of the most ancient of African spiritualities. In this video, best-selling author and television personality Iyanla Vanzant explains the four basic Yoruba principles for living a life of order, value, and balance.
  • Breathe, Root, Ground & Celebrate

    Feeling like you need a pick-me-up? Take 5 minutes and try this blend of dances of the African Diaspora and yogic practices to energize your body, mind, and spirit. This flow is crafted and led by the creators of Afro-Flow Yoga™, wife-and-husband duo Leslie Salmon Jones and Jeff W. Jones.
  • A Spoken Word Essay

    Social activism draws its power from many sources. In this remarkable commentary, motivational speaker, poet, and educator Dr. Omékongo Dibinga demonstrates poignant powers of observation and reflection.