Learning paths content lists

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
Sally Field, Academy Award-winning actress, describes the artistic process of going through the heart of fear into a place of power. More
Alice Walker, the author, poet, and activist, asks us to not limit ourselves by taking the path of safety, but to embrace our edges and the “radical me” that can change the world. More
Omega: Which love came first for you: love for comedy or love for personal transformation? Kyle: Comedy is what I did first, but I never saw comedy or personal transformation as something I should pursue as much as it was just a part of me. When I was starting out as a comedian (as a young child), people would say to me, "One day, you're going to be famous." And I would think, "I'm already featured in the yearbook and I'm on public access, and I'm doing open mic at comedy clubs. I'm the most famous person here." More
Omega: What’s the best action to take when we notice fear popping up, especially when it comes to making decisions? don Miguel Jr.: I work with the idea of coming to peace with fear. We need to respect fear for what it is. The easiest way to respect fear is to see its function in our life. Fear keeps us safe. Real fear is based on seeing a rattlesnake or someone with a gun, and it alerts us to danger. Our body secretes hormones like adrenaline, which allows us to survive that moment. That’s real fear and it's meant to protect us. More
Omega: You grew up with a sign above your bed that said, "If you don't do it, it won't get done." Can you talk about our cultural obsession with hard work and how that influenced your life? Tosha: I got the message from a young age that not only do you need to work hard, but also no one else will help you. You're on your own so pick up your boot straps and get it together. I really believe that we pick the homes that we're born into for the soul to evolve and learn. More
1. Be Present While on Retreat One way to prepare for what comes after a retreat is to sink in and experience the retreat itself. It can be tempting to think ahead, to imagine the conversations you'll have or the coffee you'll drink after you've survived the ordeal. But if you've put yourself in the fire of practice in the hopes of experiencing transformation, you'll need to actually sit in the fire. More
Birds of every stripe, ordinary and regal—robins, crows, hawks, and eagles—all bustle about readying their nests. Blanketed in springtime buds, the mountains appear to be clothed in mauve velvet against the sapphire sky. The valley’s rosy haze is reflected in the reservoir as a rich watermelon hue. Meanwhile, multitudes of tiny blossoms burst like emerald fireworks, rendering these hardwood forests softer. It’s as if the landscape is a book written in blushing pinks and chartreuse greens. Indeed, both books and the land are on my mind. More
Omega: What are the main messages women receive about their bodies? Melody: Women are told that our bodies are literally who we are—that we are objects. We are seen, praised, and celebrated for our appearance or denigrated and denied access to certain resources or approval because of our appearance. This messaging is insidious and harmful. It’s a complete illusion, yet it defines our lovability and value, and defines the way in which we could be contributing to the world around us. More
What’s one of the easiest ways to explore the unconscious? Through our dreams. Dreams are primarily created and sourced from the unconscious mind, so to explore our dreams is to explore our unconscious. Lucid dreaming takes this exploration a step further because, as hypnotherapy expert Valerie Austin once told me, it allows us “access to this data straight from the unconscious without it being edited by our rational, conscious mind.” More
Omega: In The Way of Qigong, you talk about the concept of going with the flow. How does that idea apply to our health and self-healing? More
What if we thought of judgment as another form of intuition? From the perspective of ego, judgments are the criticisms that divide our hearts from those that seem foreign to our known perceptions of reality. While the soul is naturally welcoming of the very changes that ego fights at every turn, the soul still has a journey of profound growth. One such lesson is recognizing the appearance of any judgment as an intuition being received. More
Omega: How has yoga become a tool to help trauma survivors?  More