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Widely known for her insightful, down-to-earth interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism for Western audiences, watch Pema Chödrön explain this simple meditation, where breath can help relieve pain and anguish, and provide comfort to any person, animal or nation that suffers.     More
Feeling angry?  Feeling aggressive?  Watch American Buddhist nun, Pema Chödrön explain how short circuiting the cycle of aggression will benefit you, and the world.   More
Yoga teacher, Rodney Yee shares why our natural state of being is already integrated with all life and separation only exists in the mind. The real question is can we be conscious of this connection? More
Spiritual teacher and best-selling author of Power Yoga, Beryl Bender Birch discusses how to maintain balance in difficult circumstances at the Yoga Service Council Conference. More
What is energy? Can you carry other people's energy? James Van Praagh, one of the world’s most renowned and respected spiritual mediums working today, explains the basics of energy.  He uses a simple demonstration to help you understand the sensation of your own energy and the importance of being responsible for your sacred space. More
James Van Praagh, a renowned medium for over thirty years, explains how we are all born with six senses: the five physical senses and our intuition. He is the number one New York Times best-selling author of Talking To Heaven, a spiritual memoir and case study examining the reality of life after death. More
Adyashanti, American-born spiritual teacher and author of The Way of Liberation, shares how silence is not separate from us. It's also not separate from noise. Curious? Find out more. More
Spiritual teacher and best-selling author of Power Yoga, Beryl Bender Birch speaks at the Yoga Service Council Conference about how the practice of yoga can transform your life. More
Spiritual teacher and best-selling author of Power Yoga, Beryl Bender Birch shares why yoga allows you to experience connectedness that leads to transformational change at the Yoga Service Council Conference at Omega Institute. More
Spiritual teacher and best-selling author of Power Yoga, Beryl Bender Birch, speaks at the 2012 Yoga Service Conference about why yoga isn't only about asanas and how the practice of yoga in service to others will inspire true happiness. More
Omega recently hosted and participated in an important 3-day diversity training led by the Opening Doors Diversity Project. Participants from across New York’s Hudson Valley included representatives from Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Hudson River Housing, LGBTQ Task Force to Undo Racism,  More
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We all want to be successful and we all struggle with what that means. Someone tells a young man running track that he’d be good at jumping hurdles. So he trains and finds himself in the blocks, nervous, wondering if this is right for him. When the gun goes off, he’s running as fast as he can to beat the others, to stay in his lane, to clear every hurdle. Legs burning, he pushes harder and strains to cross the finish line. Out of breath, hands on his knees, he wonders briefly, how did I get here? Is this where I need to be?  More
Sometimes our relationship with our parents is strong and loving, yet we still find ourselves unable to explain the difficult feelings we carry. We often assume that the problem originates inside us, and if we only dig deep enough, we’ll discover its source. Until we uncover the actual triggering event in our family history, we can relive fears and feelings that don’t belong to us—unconscious fragments of a trauma—and we will think they’re ours. Todd’s Story More
Omega Institute You Are Not the Wave by Sister Dang Nghiem
In the Buddhist tradition, there are three stages on the path of practice: Listening, Reflection, and Practice. The first stage, listening came from the historical setting of the Buddha’s time, when there was no radio, DVDs, or the Internet. The monks and nuns listened intently to the Buddha’s teachings, called dharma talks. The monastics who were listening were referred to as sravajas, which meant “listeners or hearers” of the Buddha’s teachings. Having listened, they reflected further, and they then practiced the teachings. More
Women of color are the most likely demographic to earn poverty wages because of conscious and unconscious social biases, personal confidence gaps, and an overall lack of opportunities. There is ample data focusing on the challenges women at large face in the workforce, but there is glaringly limited discussion about how it relates to challenges women of color face. Awareness of these factors on all sides is crucial in creating change. More
For four days in the spring of 2016, the United Nations did something they've never done before. They hosted the Tribunal of the U.S. Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (BWTRC) as a part of the International Decade of People of African Descent at the United Nations. The BWTRC is the first organization to focus on rape and sexual assault against black women in the United States.  More
In 2014 Rev. Veronica Valles started teaching the tools to breathe, focus, and learn about self-efficacy to a first-grade class at Alex Sanger Elementary in Dallas, Texas. She practiced with those students for the entire school year, and since attending Omega's 2015 Mindfulness & Education Conference on scholarship, she has expanded her teaching to Victor H. Hexter Elementary. More
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In the Buddhist tradition, there are three sublime practices: The first sublime practice is the generation of a compassionate and loving heart, also known as pure intention. We begin each activity with the positive intention that our action will be of benefit to others. The second sublime practice is the activity or practice itself, which we do mindfully, while remaining in the natural state, free from distraction. More
In this school called life, we will take various classes, which involve subjects or experiences we signed up for while still in Spirit. Before our incarnation, we choose the life we think will afford us the best opportunities and/or challenges to help us hone our skills in practicing the energy of love. For most souls, much of the curriculum is defined by the relationships they will experience on Earth. These relationships will present opportunities to learn valuable lessons that the soul wouldn't receive any other way. More
In the digital age, when we tend to communicate via the abbreviated shorthand of texting and social media posts, it’s easy to lose touch with the instinct that had our ancestors spinning yarns around the campfire and passing down oral histories. Ironically, this is probably one of the reasons oral true storytelling has been gaining in popularity in recent years. Because you already know quite a bit about true storytelling—it’s innate for all humans and so you yearn for it.  More