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Since 2005, organizations large and small, working in the region, across the country, and around the world have brought their teams to Nonprofit Retreats at Omega to work and rest so that they can return to their efforts replenished and invigorated. More
When Army veteran Antwan Martin returned home from serving in the Iraq war, he felt he had lost a part of himself. To cope, he shut himself down emotionally. But through a scholarship to Omega's yoga for veterans retreat, he's learning how to open up to the world and feel again. More
Race. Climate. Politics. We live in a time of disruption. The 2017 Being Fearless Conference inspires us to imagine a new way forward. Portions of this conference are now available on demand, allowing you to discover—or relive—the power messages from Amy Goodman, Van Jones, Paul Hawken, Sister Joan Chittister, Rhonda Magee, Jon Kabat-Zinn, the Holistic Life Foundation, and Omékongo Dibinga.  To watch the on-demand video, click hereMore
As a child in Cambodia, Loung Ung's parents and two of her siblings were killed and she was forced to train as a child soldier. In this powerful video, she reveals what her mother taught her about the power of the heart to survive anything. More
Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, clinical psychologist and senior research professor in South Africa, served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She describes how inherited trauma is healed. More
If you don't practice self-care as an activist, you will quickly burn out. Yoga teacher and change agent Seane Corn shares her seven non-negotiable self-care practices that allow her to keep doing the work her heart calls her to do: yoga, meditation, prayer, sleep, a nourishing diet, therapy, and play. More
In anticipation of Being Fearless on October 13th, Omega CEO Robert "Skip" Backus recently sat down with conference presenter and renowned scientist, writer, and meditation teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn to talk about the mindfulness we all need to cultivate to create a new democracy. How do we harness the potential of these deeply divisive times?  And what does it REALLY mean to be fearless? More
angel Kyodo williams, author, activist, and master trainer, offers an exercise to connect us to our core values and inherent autonomy. More
Jamia Wilson, feminist media organizer and Executive Director of Women, Action, and the Media, explains how other people's denial of her rights drives her forward. More
Marcia Ann Gillespie, author, editor, and activist, encourages mindfulness in our human interactions and illustrates the difference between "bringing light and bringing heat." More
Each of us has a divine destiny. We are constantly moving and evolving into this destiny. At times, our progress may be waylaid by life’s detours. But these side trips through bad marriages, dead-end jobs, financial shortfalls, health challenges, and the myriad of other possible hardships are not reasons to lose hope or believe your life is “over.” Life is continually calling us to awaken. We must be open and aware of the deep woundings, destructive beliefs, and negative habits that can keep us frozen in a counterfeit life so we can choose our authentic greatness. More
What many people in modern society don’t yet appreciate is that the way to gauge an animal’s intelligence is not by asking that animal to figure out a contextual problem, by testing the animal’s memory, nor any other method that is commonly used today. It is by looking at how animals live. More
Mystical or spiritual phenomena present people with a glimpse of the other side—of the “real” world. They can occur through meditation, prayer, nature, near-death experiences, or in many other ways. Occasionally they occur during sleep, in dreams, and in that period of time just before falling asleep or awakening, before consciousness is reached. The glimpses that [mystical experiences] provide us are extremely valuable, for they offer insight into the true nature of mind and of being. —Brian Weiss More
Omega: Can you talk about your experience with Lyme disease and describe how you used mindfulness to help you heal? More
Omega: Your work has been sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the Mayo Clinic, Health Canada, and numerous universities. What’s been the most surprising finding or most successful qigong treatment you discovered when working within the Western medical field? More
Omega: You are the founder and director of the Hard & the Soft Yoga Institute. What is the significance of that name? More
Omega: You are a former neurofeedback researcher with a degree in English and philosophy. How did you first find yoga? Beryl: I moved to Los Angeles from New York in 1970 because I wanted to move "to the country," and as I recall, there was a "boy" involved. I was also trying to be an actor, very unsuccessfully! I did do a bunch of TV commercials and worked as an extra in a lot of films that were shot in New York City in the 1960s. It was just enough to keep me thinking that it might be a good path for me. So off I went to California. More
Omega: What's going on in the body when we start to feel anxious? Judson: Why don’t you tell me? What goes on in your body when you start to feel anxious? Omega: It depends on what I'm anxious about. I might have butterflies in my stomach, my palms might sweat, my face might flush. There are a lot of physical reactions happening. More
Over the last decade there has been an explosion of new findings and public interest in neuroscience. However, most books and resources don’t demonstrate and explain in practical and concrete terms how these discoveries apply to everyday life experiences. My challenge, as a brain geek and mind-hacker, was to find a way to make sense of all this information and create a practical approach that I could use myself as well as share more broadly, especially with audiences without in-depth scientific training and knowledge, such as students in inner-city high schools. More
Omega: How do you define self-compassion? Steven: The most common way we talk about it is treating yourself the same way you would treat a good friend when they suffer, fall short, or fail. In general, people are more prone to being kind to other people than they are to being kind with themselves. Self-compassion gets them to direct this kindness toward themselves in the same situations.  Omega: What’s the difference between mindfulness and self-compassion? How do they work together?  More