Interview

Omega: Why is mindfulness so important for our times?

Sister D: When I was in my second year of medical school, I had to make the decision whether to do a four-year program or a five-year program. I was...

Omega: Is emotional intelligence something we’re born with? Are there practices we can do to build our emotional intelligence? 

Daniel: Each...

Omega: Many couples would find it challenging to be business partners. What have you learned from farming that you’ve been able to apply to your relationship?

Deb & Ricky: For our livelihood we run two...

Omega: Is there one big question that drives your life and work?

Mark: How can I leave the earth better than I found it? More specifically, in these times, how can I set in motion a regenerative system of...

Omega: Is there a poem that inspired you to be a poet?

Mark: The poetry of Pablo Neruda really inspired me. When I first read his work, I felt like, “I must belong to this tribe.” My oldest friend, Robert...

Omega: What was it like to grow up in a musical household?

Ysaye: My father taught piano, violin, and viola in our home, and I wanted to do what they were doing. I remember at two and a half I had this...

Omega: Why do you say we're wired more for war than love, and what does that mean for relationships?

Stan: We have more centers in the brain that are responsible for keeping us alive and preserving the...

Omega: You have described how people can respond to trauma by being anxious and hypervigilant (stuck “on”), or by being dissociated and spacy (stuck “off"). How do you lead a class that accommodates both of these reactions to...

Omega: What instrument would you still like to learn how to play?

Jimmie: I would love to play the piano. I always regret that I didn’t learn the piano. I also would like to play the electric guitar.

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Omega: What is the biggest challenge for beginning meditators?

Culadasa: The biggest obstacle of all, without question, is establishing a regular daily practice of a reasonable length. The most important...

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