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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
Experience the first in a series of yoga flows offered exclusively for members by Leslie Salmon Jones, creator of Afro Flow Yoga™Leslie offers up a perfect exercise to do at the office when you want to take a quick break, move your body, and release tension. Blending dances of the African Diaspora and yogic practices, Leslie moves to the music of her husband and cofounder of Afro Flow Yoga, Jeff W. Jones, and teaches an exercise routine that can be done anywhere in a chair. More
"Radical remission survivors are bad patients, and they're proud of it," says Kelly Turner of these unique cancer survivors. Watch the story of her groundbreaking research and learn about the nine key factors that radical remission survivors have in common. More
Iyanla Vanzant, one of America’s most profound spiritual leaders, takes a deep dive into the topic of prayer. From a refreshingly candid perspective, Vanzant teaches that prayer is not necessarily about religion. Learn what prayer really is, how to do it, and what the benefits are. 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
Omega: How do you define archetypes? Laurence: Archetypes are universal patterns. They are the common ways that all humans experience things. Archetypes are expressed differently by different cultures, but these various representations all refer back to the underlying patterns that are recognized by everyone. Omega: Laurence, how have you used archetypes in your work with planetary astrology? More
When we are sick and in pain, we try to get well quickly. This is the natural response. We seek treatments to "fix" or get rid of our pain and symptoms so we can get back to our normal lives. When the treatment doesn’t make the symptoms go away, and we begin to suffer physically and emotionally, our search for answers intensifies. More