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Panache Desai says that wholeness is your birthright and the purpose of your life is to be unapologetically you. Are you ready to embrace and embody the true essence of who you are? More
Want to stop the insanity of trying to be some “other” version of yourself, or who you think other people want you to be? Ready for some self-acceptance? Panache Desai says you need to start living your life from the inside out. More
For many of us, self-acceptance is tough. But Panache Desai asks you to go beyond what is “normal” and just be who you are. More
Oscar Award-winning actress and social change activist, Jane Fonda reminds us of how toxic patriarchy is to men and boys, blocking their heads from their hearts in the attempts to be "real men". More
The writer, activist, and leader in the women’s rights movement, Gloria Steinem, shares insight into the historic roots of feminism right under our feet. More
Oscar Award-winning actress and social change activist Jane Fonda talks to Eve Ensler about the importance of raising young boys to be emotionally engaged men in our culture. More
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
Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of Omega Institute and the Omega Women’s Leadership Center (OWLC), celebrates the "guts" it takes to be an empathetic human being. More
My journey into chronic pain lasted over 15 years. Initially, I had no idea what was happening. A successful spine surgeon, I thought I was bulletproof. But, after years of practice, I began to sweat during surgery, and by 1990, I was experiencing panic attacks and a number of other symptoms, including migraines, rashes, neck pain, tinnitus, obsessive compulsive disorder, and more. More
I’ve been thinking about how following signs and omens is so central to my life. Since we’re all part of a living, breathing, conscious universe, why wouldn’t it speak to us and give us direction? Why wouldn’t it send us messages and answers, if only we opened the way? So to me, operating without the help of signs would be like refusing to turn on the lights in a darkened room. Why stumble around tripping over furniture when the universe has the bulb? More
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Omega: Can you define military sexual trauma and discuss its prevalence? More
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Omega: B.K.S. Iyengar is one of the most influential yogis in the West to date. You’ve studied with B.K.S. Iyengar and practiced his style of yoga for more than 45 years. What is it like to have worked in the same practice for so long? Joan: I found that the depth of Iyengar Yoga was something I could commit to. When I started to study it, I began to understand what a huge subject yoga really is. Here was a man who had tremendous depth and experience, yet he was always learning new things and exploring. More
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Omega: How did you come to find yoga and yoga service? Kathryn: I was a naval helicopter pilot and I fell while I was on deployment. Going through the medical separation process [leaving the military for medical reasons] was pretty tumultuous. My physical therapist recommended I incorporate yoga into my physical therapy because I lost all the feeling in my leg due to the injury and subsequent surgeries. More
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Indian Springs is a natural hot springs resort in Calistoga, California. It is one of those places people go to unplug, relax, and enjoy the healing mineral waters. I was enjoying a long, hot soak in the outdoor pool when a loud voice rippled through the silence, “Honey, you will love this. It’s just like lemonade.” My body responded with a tug in the back of my throat. I immediately got thirsty and opened my eyes. More
Omega: How can the second agreement, “Don’t take anything personally,” be useful for us when it comes to family members and friends? don Miguel Jr.: My father taught me that I’m responsible to the tips of my own fingers; I’m not responsible to anyone else. To take things personally is to assume responsibility for someone else’s will. Here’s a story of how my father taught it to me: More
Last night I watched the first episode of the new season of the world’s longest-running television drama, Dr. Who. The show is a light-hearted time travel story that, over its 55 years, has become more complex, more mysterious, and more rooted in the wonders of life, death, and identity. Afterward, I thought about the Tarot—what it has meant to me, what it gives us—and it struck me that Dr. Who and his strange time machine, the Tardis, have a lot in common with the Tarot and those of us who read the cards. More
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A miracle is a shift in thinking, a shift from fear to love. At first glance that sounds a bit ridiculous. How does shifting a thought cause a miraculous change? And yet it does that exactly. For every thought we think creates form on some level. A simple thought—seemingly trivial or even unimportant—carries within it the power to move mountains. And that is the least it can do. There is no worldly power—no money, no technology, no business or government—that can match in power the power we wield by simply using our minds for the purposes of love. More
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Hope has a bad name these days among certain teachers. On the one hand, it seems to suggest wishful thinking that distracts us from a sober assessment of reality and fosters unrealistic expectations. As Nietzsche put it, “Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of man.” Meanwhile, in the language of “spirituality,” hope implies a rejection of the present moment, or perhaps a taint of doubt eroding the creative power of one’s intentions. But let us not be so quick to dismiss this primal element of the human psyche. More