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Sister Joan Chittister is one of the most articulate social analysts and influential religious leaders of our time, presenting with the Dalai Lama and working with the UN. In this excerpt she speaks to religion, war, and women’s place in spirituality and creating a tomorrow in which we express values that are sound in ethics, empathy, morality, and love. More
Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of Omega Institute and the Omega Women’s Leadership Center (OWLC), describes the developmental arc of dependence, independence, to interdependence for boys and girls. More
Oscar Award-winning actress and social change activist, Jane Fonda, describes her work to face her eating disorder and heal her feminine self. More
Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, clinical psychologist and senior research professor in South Africa, served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She explains her understanding of trauma. More
Grammy Award-winning artist, Ani DiFranco, conveys the courage and importance of telling our reproductive stories, and the strength it builds in community. More
Esther Armah, award-winning journalist, playwright, and political commentator, asks us to consider all intersections of personal identity and broader culture when building social transformation. More
Watch an interview with Brian Weiss, America's leading past-life regression therapist, as he explains how we are always reunited with our soul mates, or soul families, in various configurations, from one lifetime to the next.       More
Is everything flying by you? “Are you looking for a better moment?” Watch Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), to fully understand awareness and how to let yourself take pleasure in the moment.    More
What does it mean to "listen with empathy"? How can we truly be there for ourselves and others in hard times? In this video, watch Omega cofounder Elizabeth Lesser read an excerpt from her book Marrow: A Love Story. More
Tara Brach, Buddhist teacher and author of Radical Acceptance, reveals how to find a moment to "come home" in the midst of our busy daily lives. Brach refers to this as a sacred pause, in which we are better able to celebrate our hearts and awareness. More
Adolescence is a time of tremendous change for children physically and can be particularly intense emotionally. It is also a time when they are deeply engaged in self-discovery and exploring the inner workings and capacities of their identity. More
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I used to think that religious dogma was the outgrowth of fear and unresolved parental issues. Certainly, much modern religion has lost touch with its more mystical roots, but there is no question that what ails the average American, as British writer and journalist Graham Hancock says, is a disconnection from Spirit. Fear is an infectious disease. You can catch fear but you can’t catch faith. That has to come from within. —Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez More
The mindful check-in is a brief three- to five-minute formal practice of moving attention away from whatever outer demands and experiences you may be facing and getting fully in touch with your internal experience in the moment. More
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Sticking to our commitments is one of the most challenging things to do. Why is that? Because we have an unreal view of what it means to be human: We like to think of ourselves as finished products, but we’re not. We are actually works in progress. More
Omega: Today the average American sees 3,000 advertisements a day. What’s the impact of that and how do we respond? Jean: Advertising is hugely more important than most realize—it’s the engine that drives mass media. Television, magazines, websites, and newspapers are all rounding up audiences to be sold to advertisers. That’s their business model. That’s the point. More
AWAKENING THE BEST IN THE HUMAN SPIRIT…for almost 40 years, these words have guided us at Omega Institute in everything we do. When we are developing curriculum and choosing teachers, as we work together as a staff, as we serve our guests and care for our campus and land, we ask ourselves this question: what can we do to help people activate their most creative, courageous, loving, and wise potential? More
Omega: How were you impacted during your weekend at the Women & Power Retreat? What was the lasting takeaway?  Kelly: As a leader and member of the energy industry, the theme "Doing Power Differently” really hit a cord. The takeaways were many. Talk about what you are afraid of and have a practice that brings it to the fore. Open up a space for others to confront, wrestle with, and move beyond the fear. My favorite image was Liz Gilbert saying, “fear—you can ride in the car with me, but you can’t drive.” More
Omega: What gets you out of bed in the morning? More
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It is only fair for me to point out right from the start, in the spirit of full disclosure, that the cultivation of mindfulness may just be the hardest work in the world. Ironically, to grow into the fullness of who we actually already are is the challenge of a lifetime for each of us as human beings. No one can take on that work for us. It can only be our own undertaking in response to our own calling—and only if we care deeply about living the life that is authentically ours to live, in the face of everything that we may be called to engage with, being human. More