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Spiritual life counselor Iyanla Vanzant says that every relationship we have is a reflection of the relationship we are having with ourselves. She explains that, the better we become at being with ourselves, the better we are in relationships, and vice versa. More
Daniel Rechtschaffen, MA, a pioneer in the field of mindfulness and education, is the creator of Mindful Children, an organization that leads trainings and implements mindfulness-based curriculum in collaboration with schools and organizations. In this video, he demonstrates how to practice heartfulness at every age and why it will help you stay connected to what you are feeling inside your heart. More
Yoga teacher Colleen Saidman, christened “The First Lady of Yoga” by the New York Times, discusses how her children have become teachers for her and her husband Rodney Yee. The family unit is an opportunity for revelation because of the unconditional love of parents for children, says the author of Yoga for Life: A Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom. Saidman is also a Jivamukti Yoga® teacher and co-founder of Urban Zen’s Integrative Yoga Therapist Program. More
Cofounder and director of Golden Bridge Yoga, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa explores what it means to be a woman who lives and leads with grace and strength. She contends that the next age for humanity will need feminine energy more than ever before. More
Watch Panache Desail, a contemporary spiritual master and inspirational visionary whose gift of spiritual awakening has drawn thousands of people from all over the world. In this video he reveals the most effective way for managing stressful situations and emotional triggers.   More
In this exercise, Barbara Stanny, MA, author of Overcoming Underearning, asks us to think back to our earliest memory of money in order to uncover how those decisions have shaped our financial life today. By revisiting those early memories, we can re-shape our outlook on money and change our current relationship to it.  More
Have you ever felt anxiety and wished you had a tool to overcome it? Internationally recognized clinical psychologist, EMDR expert, and author Laurel Parnell, PhD demonstrates a simple bilateral tapping technique to calm yourself down any time you feel anxious. More
Harville Hendrix, PhD, the internationally recognized relationship expert known for the best-seller Getting the Love You Want: A Guide For Couples and creator of Imago Relationship Therapy, says everyone marries an incompatible person. But that’s a good thing. The tension is where growth happens. More
Using Imago Relationship Therapy, internationally renowned expert Harville Hendrix, PhD, discusses the healing power of being in a relationship. Relationships are not only a way to connect with your partner but a path towards personal healing and growth. More
Harville Hendrix, PhD, the internationally recognized relationship expert known for the best-seller Getting the Love You Want: A Guide For Couples and creator of Imago Relationship Therapy, explains how real love starts when we truly see our partner as different from us. More
Sometimes our relationship with our parents is strong and loving, yet we still find ourselves unable to explain the difficult feelings we carry. We often assume that the problem originates inside us, and if we only dig deep enough, we’ll discover its source. Until we uncover the actual triggering event in our family history, we can relive fears and feelings that don’t belong to us—unconscious fragments of a trauma—and we will think they’re ours. Todd’s Story More
Omega Institute You Are Not the Wave by Sister Dang Nghiem
In the Buddhist tradition, there are three stages on the path of practice: Listening, Reflection, and Practice. The first stage, listening came from the historical setting of the Buddha’s time, when there was no radio, DVDs, or the Internet. The monks and nuns listened intently to the Buddha’s teachings, called dharma talks. The monastics who were listening were referred to as sravajas, which meant “listeners or hearers” of the Buddha’s teachings. Having listened, they reflected further, and they then practiced the teachings. More
Women of color are the most likely demographic to earn poverty wages because of conscious and unconscious social biases, personal confidence gaps, and an overall lack of opportunities. There is ample data focusing on the challenges women at large face in the workforce, but there is glaringly limited discussion about how it relates to challenges women of color face. Awareness of these factors on all sides is crucial in creating change. More
For four days in the spring of 2016, the United Nations did something they've never done before. They hosted the Tribunal of the U.S. Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (BWTRC) as a part of the International Decade of People of African Descent at the United Nations. The BWTRC is the first organization to focus on rape and sexual assault against black women in the United States.  More
In 2014 Rev. Veronica Valles started teaching the tools to breathe, focus, and learn about self-efficacy to a first-grade class at Alex Sanger Elementary in Dallas, Texas. She practiced with those students for the entire school year, and since attending Omega's 2015 Mindfulness & Education Conference on scholarship, she has expanded her teaching to Victor H. Hexter Elementary. More
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In the Buddhist tradition, there are three sublime practices: The first sublime practice is the generation of a compassionate and loving heart, also known as pure intention. We begin each activity with the positive intention that our action will be of benefit to others. The second sublime practice is the activity or practice itself, which we do mindfully, while remaining in the natural state, free from distraction. More
In this school called life, we will take various classes, which involve subjects or experiences we signed up for while still in Spirit. Before our incarnation, we choose the life we think will afford us the best opportunities and/or challenges to help us hone our skills in practicing the energy of love. For most souls, much of the curriculum is defined by the relationships they will experience on Earth. These relationships will present opportunities to learn valuable lessons that the soul wouldn't receive any other way. More
In the digital age, when we tend to communicate via the abbreviated shorthand of texting and social media posts, it’s easy to lose touch with the instinct that had our ancestors spinning yarns around the campfire and passing down oral histories. Ironically, this is probably one of the reasons oral true storytelling has been gaining in popularity in recent years. Because you already know quite a bit about true storytelling—it’s innate for all humans and so you yearn for it.  More
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Choosing the Via Positiva—the Path of Affirmation
On his deathbed the great psychologist and lover of the human race Erich Fromm turned to his friend Robert Fox and asked, "Why is it that the human race prefers necrophilia to biophilia?" A significant question, this. Why do we prefer love of death to love of life? Missiles to celebration? Power-over to power-with? Greed to letting go? More
An Interview With Mark Nepo
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, who comes with me as a guest every year when I teach at Omega, introduced me to Neruda. I was so moved, I wouldn’t give him the book back. Omega: In 1987, you were diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma, which has greatly informed much of your work. What’s the first step toward healing?  More