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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
Author and activist angel Kyodo williams 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
Sally Field, Academy Award-winning actress, describes the power of being in touch with all aspects of yourself and the artistic import of telling stories. More
Omega: In your book, The Unbelievable Happiness of What Is, you write that one of the biggest impediments on the spiritual path is our unexamined beliefs about life. How can we begin to uncover these beliefs? More
Phones ringing and pinging, e-mails to be sent, social media accounts to update, bumper-to-bumper traffic, televisions blaring—noise everywhere! This is how most of us now live our lives. With this constant noise, continual distractions, busy schedules, and the hustle and bustle of everyday life, how can we even begin to be with ourselves? How can we connect with our soul or block out the background noise long enough to hear the wisdom that our soul is trying to pass on? More
No matter what category a relationship falls into, it acts as a teaching tool for you to understand the lessons that your soul needs to learn. It can help you to understand, change, or enhance your individual qualities. Every relationship is an opportunity for soul growth. More
Omega: You write in your book, It Didn’t Start With You, “Just as we inherit our eye color and blood type, we also inherit the residue from traumatic events that have taken place in our family.” Can you briefly explain the science of how this phenomenon works? Mark: When a trauma happens, it changes us. Literally, it causes a chemical change in our DNA and this can change how our genes function, sometimes for generations. More
We all dream. It’s one of the few things that we share as humans, no matter what country or culture we’re from. More
When we meet someone, what is going on? We assume we hold an awareness of our interior and exterior, and they do the same, but in many cases this isn’t a given. My internal “I” arises in myself. I arise in my own awareness and perception. Everything I feel in my body and my emotions arises in my awareness. But you also arise in my awareness. It’s like there are two video projectors going. I’m looking at the screen and I see the projection of you inside me. More
A student recently asked me, "When I listen to the news, what starts to arise in me is anger, despair, fear, and hatred. I quickly take a breath, remember my spiritual practice, and let it subside in me before it comes out. I wonder if having this 'enlightened perspective' is just a clever way of blocking the avalanche of feelings that would come if I allowed these emotions to express themselves?" More
Bridging the worlds of spirituality and activism, Radical Dharma Camp is a weekend gathering held at Omega that examines systemic suffering and racial injustice while encouraging participants to stay in presence. More
Besides brushing your teeth, is there anything you’ve done faithfully, every day, for as long as you can remember? Be honest. (Okay, maybe you’ve skipped a few days of brushing here and there...we won’t tell.) More
Trauma is not just an individual tragedy—it is rooted in larger social systems that shape our lives. When we peel back the layers of a traumatic experience, we find that they’re bound up within a larger social context. Whether it’s violence someone experienced because of their gender, or the dangerous work someone took on because they were poor, trauma never takes place in a vacuum. More