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Loung Ung, author and human rights activist, and Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, South African psychologist and senior professor, discuss remorse, empathy, and healing their experiences of the Khmer Rouge and Apartheid. More
Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, psychologist and senior research professor in South Africa served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She describes the relationship between forgiveness and transformation. More
Zainab Salbi, international author, activist, and journalist, tells the story of bringing forth her deepest secret and relinquishing her shame. More
Riane Eisler, an eminent social scientist and activist, attorney, and author, explains how her mother exemplified spiritual courage, the courage to stand up to injustice out of love. More
Sarah Peter is an artist, philanthropist and cofounder of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center. She describes here the internal work of achieving peace. More
angel Kyodo williams, the author, activist, and master trainer, describes the internal path to compassion and interdependence. More
Meditation teacher, Sharon Salzberg, explains how lovingkindness creates happiness and inspires change. "It doesn't have to be a dog-eat-dog world. If we look at a time that we've received someone's kindness, or we were kind in return, that's when we're actually happy," Sharon says. "And that happiness becomes the fuel for effective action in the world." More
Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of Omega Institute and the Omega Women's Leadership Center, demonstrates a simple but powerful meditation to remind you to do no harm and take nothing from people who are meaning ill to you. "Both can happen at the same time. We can be peaceful warriors," says Elizabeth.  More
American spiritual teacher Adyashanti defines two types of awareness—focused awareness and the field of awareness—and says we all have experienced both.  More
When we label something, does it change the thing itself, or just how we perceive it? Pema Chödrön, one of the most prominent Buddhist teachers in the West today, gives an example of how our minds alter our experiences. More
Not everyone knows what they want to be when they grow up, but at 8, Kasha Dziewisz knew. She wanted to be a fashion designer and artist. Color, form, and art captured her attention and youthful imagination. “Color has been the backbone of all I do. It’s a motivator for me and makes me feel happy. Even around the house, I always like to have fresh flowers. Sometimes I’ll arrange a bowl of fruit next to it and then end up drawing or painting it,” says Kasha. More
Trauma-informed yoga is based on a particular understanding of trauma, one that emphasizes its impact on the entire mind-body system, as opposed to particular mental states (e.g., troubling memories) viewed in isolation from the physical body. “Trauma,” Bessel van der Kolk explains, “is not just an event that took place sometime in the past; it is also the imprint left by that experience on mind, brain, and body.” More
The universe is conscious. I first recognized this two decades ago when I began engaging a number of alternative healing techniques to overcome my own childhood trauma—trauma which was complex and deep, far too complex for traditional psychotherapy to conveniently unwind. As I engaged these techniques, which ranged from shamanic healing to rebirthing to energy healing, I noticed quick and radical changes that were very positive begin to happen in my own life. More
Omega: Your work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. What have you learned in working with and training professionals in the mental health world? Zindel: It’s been really interesting that some of the initial requests we made of professionals have been embraced with increasing acceptance. More
Omega: How can we learn to settle our minds when the world around us is so full of news, information, social media, and more? More
I felt a sharp sting as my body smashed into the water and then the muddy bottom three feet below. Struggling and sputtering, I was able to claw my way up onto the bank. In a rush of shock and adrenaline, I threw myself at the cliffside and began to climb, hand over hand, my feet scrambling for toeholds. When I slid down a few feet, it only triggered a more zealous effort, as if some reptilian part of me had taken command. Fingers bleeding, both knees skinned, my jeans and T-shirt torn and splattered with dirt, I reached the top and lay panting. More
two people doing warrior pose on beach in sunset
Omega: What motivated you to join the military? More
Self-hatred is the hidden underbelly of all the violence and nastiness in the world. Self-hatred may seem like too strong a word to some. "I have a little self-doubt," you may say, "but I don't hate myself." Yet if you doubt, judge, or criticize yourself at all, this indicates some dislike or aversion toward yourself as you are. Or if you have a hard time spending time alone, undistracted by work, phone calls, television, computers, or other forms of busyness that pull your attention away from yourself, this suggests that you don't like being with yourself that much. More
You can work on undoing an unhealthy habit by exercising present-moment awareness at three distinct times: before the impulse to engage in the habit arises, during the impulse to engage in the habit, and after the impulse to engage in the habit has subsided (or been indulged). Here’s how it works. Before: Explore what leads you to engage in the habit and make choices that can help prevent you from doing so. More