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06/04/2014 to 12/31/2016
Talk & Book Reading With Panache Desai

Change the energy that surrounds you, find the harmony that comes with self-acceptance, and discover your life’s purpose in Panache Desai's new book, Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion & Joy....

07/19/2014 to 12/31/2016

What would your life look like if your soul were in charge? What would change if you lived a life guided by your soul?

In this Omega Teacher Talk from 2014, Panache Desai, Brian...

08/03/2015 to 12/31/2016
The Story of the Holistic Life Foundation

Barry Boyce, editor-in-chief of Mindful magazine, talks with the founders of the Holistic Life Foundation in this Omega Unscripted Teacher Talk.

Watch Ali Smith, Atman Smith...

09/25/2015 to 12/31/2016
Practical Ways to Pursue Joy

Pursuing happiness is a great American pastime. But despite our efforts, happiness often seems elusive. In this Omega Unscripted conversation, four teachers share their unique take on happiness.

04/29/2016 to 12/31/2016

One of the most challenging things to do is start a meditation practice—or any other practice—and stick to it. If you've struggled to start a practice of any kind, you'll be interested to hear what experienced teachers Loch Kelly,...

Nature is constantly shifting and so are we. Modern day shaman Llyn Cedar Roberts explains how we can shift to promote healing for individuals and communities.  More
Who do you think you are? Mindfulness pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn is here to tell you that you're bigger than you can imagine.  More
How can sitting in mindfulness meditation create social change? Mindfulness pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn explains why sitting in meditation is not only a political statement, but a radical act of love.  More
A former backup singer and dancer for Madonna, singer/songwriter Donna De Lory's music is a hybird of English lyrics and devotional Sanskrit mantras set to modern melodies. Watch her captivating performance at Omega's Ecstatic Chant weekend.  More
Qigong master Mingtong Gu explains the ancient practice of qigong and demonstrates his Wisdom Healing Qigong Subtle Energy Practice. Try it for yourself starting at 0:55 and connect with the subtle energy of the universe. More
Spiritual teacher Matt Kahn offers two exercises that cultivate inner peace and demonstrate his essential teaching: Everything is truly here to help us. And nothing is against us. More
Modern day shaman Llyn Cedar Roberts suggests ways you can learn to better communicate with nature. Hint: the first step is to slow down. More
When we bring mindfulness into the classroom, it gives kids a way to get at learning in a way, "that doesn't injure their integrity; injure their beauty," says renowned meditation teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn. Watch Kabat-Zinn explain how mindfulness can bring out the unique qualities of every child. More
Watch this panel at Omega's annual Mindfulness in Education Conference dig into the challenges of working inside school systems in order to change them for the better. More
Omega: We are starting to see more advanced scientific research coming out to validate ancient lifestyle practices, especially when it comes to meditation. Can you discuss some of the specific findings that are most relevant to your shamanic teachings? More
Omega: How do you define self-compassion? Michelle: The easiest, most simple definition of self-compassion is treating ourselves with the same kindness as we would treat a dear friend. Omega: What is the relationship between mindfulness and self-compassion? Michelle: There is no self-compassion without mindfulness, and there is no mindfulness without self-compassion (or compassion in general). They need each other for their full expression. More
Leonardo da Vinci, the prototypical Renaissance man, believed that appreciating sensory delights was one of the secrets to inspiring creativity and happiness. He understood that the impressions we experience every day serve as nourishment for the soul, and that without conscious attention, it's all too easy for us to take in the sensory equivalent of junk food. More
Omega: We hear a lot about acceptance as a spiritual practice. How can we accept what is truly horrifying to us, whether it’s a trauma, a tragedy, a person, or even something like the destruction of the planet? Adyashanti: It's challenging for any human being to accept what's horrifying, what's violent, and what's ugly, but it goes back to one of the central tenets of everything I teach, which is to let everything be as it is. More
From the civil rights movement to the Women’s March, many of the most impactful social and political movements emerge from historically oppressed communities organizing themselves to combat systemic injustices. If showing up for a community that is not your own intimidates you, know that you are not alone and that you can make a difference if you know how to engage. If the goal is to commit yourself to justice, open yourself up to learning and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. The result will be uniting with others by being your best self—even if it’s a work in progress. More
“So, are you a foot psychic or something?” This is the question I get asked most frequently, especially because foot reading is less common in the United States than it is overseas. The answer is no, of course. I am a reflexologist, a specialist who presses points on the feet to help the body heal. Reflexology uses a basic map of the feet to show which landmark on the foot mirrors each body part. Foot reading expands on reflexology theory by adding the internal mental/emotional aspects of a person into the mix.  More
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Omega: How does self-compassion help us stand up against our inner critic? Steven: Generally if you have a voice telling you you're not good enough, you're not smart enough, or whatever negative message it’s saying, the tendency is to fight back against it. More
On August 30, 2015, my daughter called to tell me she had just learned that Wayne had passed away in his sleep. I couldn’t believe it! I began to weep as if suffering the loss of my own best friend or family member. I couldn’t eat dinner that night. I was so upset that the world had lost this amazing man who had literally changed the Earth for the better with his uplifting teachings! More
Seven days of silence may sound like a dream to some and a challenge to others, but it’s a vital part of Convergence, a retreat led by senior Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teachers at Omega Institute. During the 2017 weeklong immersion, scholarship recipient Brandon Lewin joined more than 100 other participants to cultivate and deepen an ongoing practice, with silent sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement and yoga, and evening talks that explored the qualities and practices of mindfulness.  More