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I grew up in an atheist family.  While my parents were raised in religious homes—my father in a kosher Jewish house, my mother in a devout Christian Science one—as adults they renounced their adherence to organized religion and raised me and my sisters in a “religion free-zone.”  More
It is extremely difficult for me to give a message from the spirit world to someone whose thinking is negative and limited, because spirit is expansive. In order for spirits to reach us, our minds must be open to what could be. Negative thinking, skepticism, and control create restriction, and spirits cannot harness the energy from us necessary to communicate. The following example shows how destructive thinking and skepticism closed down the channels to a daughter’s desperate plea for love. More
Stephan Rechtschaffen, cofounder of Omega, suggest that true wellness is about understanding yourself and your body by listening within to become aware of what is healthy and what is harmful. Finding wellness is like experiencing peaceful silence amidst the roar of an urban turbo-charged environment. It’s possible, but requires commitment and effort. More
Elizabeth: You are often called one of America’s leading spiritual teachers. What does it mean to you to be a spiritual teacher? Sharon: I call myself a meditation teacher rather than a spiritual teacher. But, I understand why people use that word. I imagine they’re trying to capture the idea of practicing or working with someone to look underneath our immediate circumstance to find meaning or happiness without identifying with a particular religious path. More
People marvel at the way children live in the moment. Yet from the time we are very young we are taught to abandon our direct experience and move lock, stock, and barrel into the abstract land of the reasoning mind. A reasoning mind is a great wonder! It helps us analyze, classify, learn, and plan; it is key to our survival. Yet, the older we get, the more lost in thought we become. We contemplate the past, we dream about the future, we worry, we anticipate, we fantasize about our lives. Our minds grow filled with an endless stream of chatter. More
Imagine yourself under water, still fully able to breathe. Now try moving. Move just one arm and hand, slowly at first. Can you "feel" how the "water" streams around the arm, between the fingers, across the back of the hand and all around? As I do it now, I feel a fluidity in the movement itself, as if my arm and hand suddenly have a new life to them. More
A Group of Compassionate People
Love is a mind that brings peace, joy, and happiness to another person. Compassion is a mind that removes the suffering that is present in the other. We all have the seeds of love and compassion in our minds, and we can develop these fine and wonderful sources of energy. We can nurture the unconditional love that does not expect anything in return and therefore does not lead to anxiety and sorrow. More
In yoga, self-inquiry is a trusted tool and the basis for action. Life is short. The burning question in yoga is: “What is the purpose of your life?” Setting the goal gives a direction. You can experiment and see what comes back to you as you move in this direction. You can stop and reassess. Is it still the right way? You can see what life gives you–the gifts and the challenges–and recognize the challenges as part of the gift. What are you are meant to do in this lifetime? Why were you born? What does it mean to die? What is supposed to happen in between? More
Growing up and growing on is inevitable no matter how hard you try to stop the clock. And yet, in this image-oriented culture, it’s easy to be fooled into thinking that if you keep your youthful appearance, stay on the treadmill of meaningful work, and attempt to be current when in the presence of your grown children, then nothing much has really changed in your life. When truthfully, the way you were is not the way you are. It only takes a quick glance at the family photo album to confirm that reality.  More
Omega Institute Reinventing Yourself by Joe Dispenza
Nerve cells that fire together, wire together is a common principle in neuroscience. Therefore, if you repeatedly think and act in identical ways on a daily basis, your brain will mold into a specific hardwired pattern that will support the same level of mind. It’s ironic then that most people routinely think the same thoughts, perform the same actions, and secretly expect something different to show up in their lives. More