Dropping In: Omega's Award-Winning Podcast | Omega

Welcome to Dropping In, Omega's award-winning podcast. In Season 2, we're dropping in to our treasure trove of audio archives to offer you teachings and practices from some of Omega's most memorable workshops and conferences.

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    Swimming in the Middle of the River

    Season 2: Pema Chödrön

    In this episode from Omega's 2011 Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change Retreat, beloved American-born Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön shares a 12-minute teaching on patience, coping with daily annoyances, and swimming in the middle of the river.
  • Season 2: Ani Trime

    In this episode from Omega's 2005 Overcoming Obstacles Conference, the late Buddhist nun, Ani Trime Lhamo, offers a 22-minute talk on coping with a complaining mind. The talk includes a 9-minute meditation practice (beginning at 6:08) to help release negative thoughts.
  • Season 2: Sharon Landrith

    This offering from spiritual counselor Sharon Landrith is a 43-minute seamless, guided meditation, where even the introduction is part of the experience. It is excerpted from Omega's 2018 Love Arising From Stillness retreat.
  • Season 2: Mallika Dutt, Tony Porter, and Elizabeth Lesser

    In this potent 35-minute conversation, Mallika Dutt, Tony Porter, and Elizabeth Lesser share stories and perspectives on gender socialization in modern times. Mallika ends the episode (beginning at 29:57) with a short visualization practice to promote interdependence.
  • Season 2: Rhonda Magee

    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. She also leads a 6-minute standing meditation practice (skip to 25:09) that celebrates the stories that make up your own unique heritage.
  • Season 2: Roshi Joan Halifax

    Today, Roshi Joan Halifax offers a stirring 26-minute lecture on being a "war baby," early lessons in unconditional love, and what it really means to be of service, all from Omega's 2013 Women and Power Retreat. Later, she leads a 14-minute mindfulness practice (starting at 27:38) and shares her core teaching: cultivating a strong back, soft front.
  • Season 2: Holistic Life Foundation

    Today, the cofounders of the Holistic Life Foundation begin this 38-minute conversation, originally recorded at the Making Peace with the Earth Conference in 2018, with a 13-minute lovingkindness meditation practice. Later, they share the nature-based lessons from their childhoods that inform their work with underserved kids.
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    A 12-Minute Mindfulness Meditation

    Season 2: Jack Kornfield

    In this 12-minute episode, celebrated Buddhist mindfulness teacher Jack Kornfield offers up a lovingkindness meditation from Omega's 2013 Neuroscience of Well-being, Mindfulness & Love Workshop in New York City. 
  • Season 2: Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei

    Join Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei for a 19-minute conversation about the illusion of separateness, originally recorded at Omega's 2015 Women & Power Conference, plus a 7-minute meditation practice to help you re-center (starting at 11:00).
  • Season 2: Jon Kabat-Zinn

    In this 22-minute episode recorded at Omega's 2017 Being Fearless Conference, Jon Kabat-Zinn discusses how presence and wisdom must be cultivated—then offers a "dropping into being" practice. 
  • Season 2: Sharon Salzberg

    Join Sharon Salzberg for a short, snackable, 8-minute lovingkindness meditation, excerpted from Omega's 2006 Women & Power Conference.
  • Bonus Episode: Sherri Mitchell

    Native American activist, author, and indigenous rights lawyer, Sherri Mitchell, considers the job of preserving her Wabanaki ancestry a sacred responsibility. In this bonus episode of Dropping In, Mitchell recalls the community elders that nurtured her early potential and shares her plea for humanity to honor Mother Nature.
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    Bringing Chant to Life

    Bonus Episode: Nina Rao

    Nina Rao has her grandfather to thank for setting her on the path to sacred chant. It took many years and several professional pit stops—including commercial banking—before she found her way to kirtan and to becoming the musical assistant and business manager for Krishna Das (KD).
  • Bonus Episode: Krishna Das

    This bonus episode features insights and performances recorded at Grammy-nominated musician Krishna Das's 2019 Omega workshop. Listen to "KD" explain the power of repetition in chant for connecting with the divine and how the lack of early belief systems in his family shaped him.
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    Small Town Buddhist Preacher

    Season 1: Tim Olmsted

    For the premiere of Omega Institute's podcast, leading Buddhist teacher and President of the Pema Chödrön Foundation Tim Olmsted explores Siddhartha, our monkey mind, the four immeasurables of buddhist thought, and how meditation can change our world.
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    Take Risks, Eat Chocolate, Live Long

    Season 1: Joan Borysenko

    Harvard educated cell biologist and licensed psychologist Joan Borysenko explores the physical, emotional, and spiritual factors to aging with sass and class. Laughter, a sense of purpose, and eating chocolate slowly are some of the tools Borysenko recommends for addressing the very real challenges of aging.
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    The Fate of the Land Is the Fate of Man

    Season 1: Major Jackson

    Writing poetry about the environment can be a lot of things. In the first of 2 parts, we drop in on Orion Magazine's environmental writer's workshop and learn from distinguished poet Major Jackson. Jackson intertwines the rural, the urban, and the cultural into his work.
  • Season 1: Anne Haven McDonnell

    Poet Anne Haven McDonnell says that encountering the natural world is encountering the mystery. In part two of our exploration of Orion Magazine's environmental writer's workshop, a bear peers in the window of the classroom at Omega. That close encounter with wilderness inspires McDonnell to read her own bear poem as well as others exploring the kinship between humans and animals.
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    Ayurvedic Cooking: You Really Are What You Eat

    Season 1: Richard LaMarita

    Ayurvedic chef Richard LaMarita leads Omega workshop participants in the preparation of three meals while he shares the theory of Ayruvedic cooking, the ancient Indian path to good health through food.
  • Season 1: Winona LaDuke

    Native American economist, ecologist, and activist Winona LaDuke shares traditional teachings from her Anishinaabeg culture about the sacredness of water and the spirits who watch over them. With this wisdom, she encourages us to take responsibility and care for the precious resources of the planet.
  • Season 1: Bonnie St. John

    Paralympic athlete, Rhodes scholar, and author Bonnie St. John knows about resiliency. She was born with one leg shorter than the other. And at the age of five, she made a tough decision to amputate it. After many surgeries, St. John learned to live life to the fullest—walking, running, and skiing with a prosthetic limb. In her workshop at Omega, she asked women to look deep inside to see what they need to let go of, to live their lives with purpose, creativity, and passion.
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    A Super Wicked Gnarly Problem We Can Solve

    Season 1: Paul Hawken

    Paul Hawken thinks we can solve the world's toughest climate challenges. He takes the stage at the Drawdown Learn Conference, held in collaboration with the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, to tell us how. Hawken talks about his entrepreneurial path from an unfocused Northern California youth to health food promoter to Project Drawdown, a global NGO aimed literally at fixing the world.
  • Season 1: Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr.

    In his book, "The Five Levels of Attachment," Mexican-American author and shaman Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. describes the five guideposts for gauging how attached we are to any particular belief, whether ours or someone else'. In his Omega workshop, he encourages participants to use these wisdom teachings to regain the power to make their own decisions.