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Omega Institute Hallelujah by Carlos Andrés Gómez
Eight months shy of a hundred. And still filled with the wonderment of a child. My grandmother is a revelation tumbling in on itself. Songs and secrets snaked into the creases of her smile.Her 63-year-old hunch is washing dishes in the sink. Her knees in 2nd grade tear through the living room like a derailed train car.Prayer-swollen hips from her wedding photos call up to a rosary, ask for life. And I am molded clay from the hands with which she now holds my chubby face. I am small  and curious.  More
Omega Institute Love Poem to My Younger Self by Carlos Andrés Gómez
Everything inside of you was floodlit, infiniteas daybreak. You were boisterous and bold,sensitive and soft, arms open to anything that would hold you. You were a cascadeof offerings. A toothy, overbite smilethat, even with headgear on, could not be dimmed if you tried. And you criedat the end of the movie ET like that littlealien was your best friend or, at least, the family More
Omega Institute Sharon's Amazing Vegan Chocolate Mousse Recipe
Serves 15 to 20 people, depending on serving cup size. Ingredients More
Omega Institute Weaving the Threads of Peace
The Omega Peace Quilt Project
The Omega Peace Quilt is an annual seasonal community project led by fabric artist Helema Kadir. The results are always unique, beautiful, and meaningful. Each quilt is an original piece of fabric art and community folk craft with a coloful message of peace stitched into each square.  More
Omega Institute Save Your Seeds
For most gardeners, the season begins in late winter when seed catalogs arrive in the mail featuring backyard crops like ornamental kale, watermelon radish, and heirloom tomatoes. Growing plants from seed allows you to start your garden early by germinating seeds inside and offers a larger selection of herbs and vegetables to choose from. More
Omega Institute Reishi Mushroom Tea
Reishi mushrooms, also known as "mushrooms of immortality," contain polysaccharides called beta-glucans that can help stimulate the immune system, prevent tumor growth, and lower blood pressure. One way to use this medicinal mushroom is to make a decoction, or tea.  More
Omega Institute Dance Your Way to Connection
People connect to spirit in different ways. Some sit on a meditation cushion and seek stillness, while others move wildly and let their arms shake and feet stomp. More
Omega Institute Kirtan: A New Healing Tool for Veterans?
When you picture a kirtan enthusiast in your mind’s eye, do you think of a retired American sniper who did three tours in Iraq? What about a former female sergeant who’s struggling with lung injuries, rage, and post-traumatic stress?  Some veterans are discovering that kirtan—a call-and-response form of mantra chanting that originated in India—is helping them cope with conditions such as PTSD and re-entry into civilian life. More
Omega Institute Mint Chocolate Snack Balls by Jon Gabriel
Try these superfood snacks midmorning or midafternoon to avoid hunger cravings, keep your blood sugar stable, and nourish your body. These tasty, extremely nutritious snack balls are loaded with protein, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. There are no grains, gluten, or processed sugars. Kids love them, too! Makes approximately 18 balls   Ingredients More
Omega Institute What Is Kirtan? by Ram Dass
The Names of God or praises of God can be sung as well as spoken. Often, when your heart wells up, singing alone expresses the fullness of your love for God. As you sing the Name repeatedly, the rhythm and melody fan your emotions. If this ecstasy is heightened, distinctions begin to fall away until only love, only the beloved, remain. More

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