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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 Weiss, and Elizabeth Lesser inspire and energize the...

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, and Andres Gonzalez share their experiences of...

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.

Hear from American Buddhist Lama Surya...

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, Maia Danziger...

There are many ways to do the work of connecting with people who hold beliefs that differ from our own without losing sight of truth, love, and justice, says Marrow author and Omega cofounder Elizabeth Lesser. Elizabeth's comment came during an Omega panel discussion with author and activist Glennon Doyle and FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Abby Wambach. More
The first time Marshawn Feltus tried yoga was in prison. He immediately felt the physical benefits of the practice, and the mental and spiritual benefits eventually crept up on him, too. He started a prison yoga program that served more than 800 inmates before he was released from prison and returned to his Chicago neighborhood where he created ACT Yoga (for Awareness, Change, Triumph), a community yoga project. More
In our busy world, it can be difficult to connect within. Iyanla Vanzant, one of America's most profound spiritual leaders, recommends prayer to create a stronger relationship with yourself. More
How is it possible to inspire inner city kids who live among litter, concrete, and gunshots to open up to themselves, each other, and the planet? A nighttime gag with a gorilla mask is one way. So is seeing cows for the very first time. More
Whether at the dinner table or in the public arena, when facing those who experience the world from different points of view, we can find ourselves tangled in our own and others’ anger, self-righteousness, and even violence. In this excerpt from Omega's 2017 Being Fearless Conference created for Omega members, mindfulness pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn reminds us of the enormous resources of empathy, compassion, and wisdom that are available to us all. He describes how moment-to-moment awareness and nonreactive, nonjudgmental responses to everyday challenges can help reboot an uncivil discourse. More
Eight minutes a day. That’s all it takes for meditation to begin to change your brain, to bring greater clarity, improved memory, and less reactivity, explains expert meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg. Growth and transformation happen every time we “begin again,” she says. More
"Colonization," says author and North Dakota State professor Michael Yellow Bird, "really is about invasion and subjugation of indigenous people." In this fascinating and challenging presentation from Omega’s 2018 Making Peace With the Earth conference, Dr. Yellow Bird reveals how long-embedded cultural assumptions continue to undermine indigenous rights and how the brain can be predisposed to perpetuate false narratives about indigenous people, customs, and history. More
Yoga teacher Nikki Myers explains that the 12-step program mantra "keep coming back" is equally important in yoga practice. Mountain pose is something you can keep coming back to, she says. More
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
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Omega: How do you introduce mindfulness to those new to the concept? More
Omega: What is the difference between attention and awareness, two terms we often hear used interchangeably when talking about meditation practice? Culadasa: They are two fundamentally different ways of perceiving the universe. First of all, the two are served by different parts of the brain—they have different neural correlates and are objectively different. More
I first rely on the practice of mindful breathing. I think of myself as a bird watcher. Bird watchers don’t try to make the bird go north or south, faster or slower, they just watch it as it is. In mindful breathing we come back to our in-breath and out-breath as it is throughout the day. Mindful breathing is definitely my lifesaver and my most favorite practice.  —Sister D. More
Omega: In your early life you were an artist and concert violinist. What early spiritual lessons did you gather from your creative pursuits? Jon: My mother really encouraged creativity. I remember she would get these large rolls of blank paper from the butcher. She would put them in my room and I’d have paints and everything else, and I would just draw and create. I had this freedom to express and to explore. More
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Imagine going through life with a companion who has nothing but your best interest at heart. Someone who will help you make decisions so you'll be happy, healthy, and safe. Someone who, when things get tough (as they inevitably will), is unfailingly there to console, support, and lift you up. Where is this perfect partner, you might ask? Alas, we're not talking about Mr. or Ms. Right. We're talking about you.  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