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Omega Institute How Friends Make Life Better
Abbott and Costello. Laverne and Shirley. Kirk and Spock. Bert and Ernie. Thelma and Louise. Chandler and Joey. Harry and Hermione. These iconic fictional friendships, depending on our age, hold special places in our memories. Whether these duos helped us laugh or had relationships we wanted to emulate in our own lives, they illustrate the value we find in friendship. Friends can offer a listening ear, a hand to hold, or hug when you need it. But friendships are fading these days. More
Omega Institute The Best Gifts in Life Are Free
The saying “the best things in life are free” can easily be forgotten when it comes to giving gifts and expressing love to people in our life. The pressure to give expensive gifts has become part of our cultural fabric, but there are other ways you can choose to express your love. Gifts come in many forms, and some of the best cost little or are free. In fact, sometimes it’s the gifts that come from the heart, including small acts of kindness or love, that can have the biggest impact. More
Using Mirroring & Reflective Listening to Deepen Your Relationships
Mirroring and reflective listening are two ways to develop a better rapport with friends, coworkers, and family members. Whether you are looking for simple ways to ease conflicts when emotions are running high, or just want the person you are speaking with to know you hear them, these related techniques from the counseling world can improve the bonds of any relationship. Mirroring as a First Step More
Omega Institute Nature Nurtures Spirituality & Environmentalism in Kids
You’ve probably heard that kids today spend far less time outdoors than they did two decades ago—it's probably true for you, too. According to studies, American kids spend half as much time outside today as they did in the 1990s, and more than a quarter of British children spend less than 30 minutes a week (that's less than 5 minutes a day) outdoors. More
Omega Institute Practicing The Work at Work by Byron Katie
“My boss just doesn't appreciate me,” is a common complaint heard in many offices across the country. Recent research from Gallup has found that less than one in three Americans receive praise from their work supervisor, and employees who say they have not been recognized at work are more likely to quit in the next year. More
Omega Institute Feel Good Now: How to Boost Your Oxytocin Level By Yourself
How to Boost Your Oxytocin Level
Have you ever perused The Daily Puppy during a stressful day at work? Have you ever felt that if someone just gave you a hug everything would be better?  Your instincts are spot on. These actions, and many others, can activate a hormone called oxytocin, also known as the "feel-good," “love,” and "trust" hormone.  More
Omega Institute The Open Secret by Elizabeth Lesser
Are You Hiding From True Happiness?
Open Secret Learn the alchemytrue human beings know.The moment you acceptwhat troubles you've been given,the door will open.—Rumi     Jelalluddin Rumi wrote poems so alive and clear that even today—eight centuries later—they shimmer with freshness. More
Omega Institute Soul to Soul in Life by Ram Dass
An Interview With Ram Dass, Part 1
Lois: Your book, Polishing the Mirror, reminds us to live from our spiritual heart, which is a regular ongoing practice. What is the most important thing that you are learning as you continue to "polish" your own "mirror"? Ram Dass: I’m learning about love. I’m learning that God is love. That all things—like trees and cars and everything—are made of love. And that I am made of love. That’s radiance. It’s insight. I’m learning how to identify with my soul rather than my ego. So the soul is just love, love, love. More
Omega Institute 6 Takeaways From the Next Conversation
Till the Ground for Healing Elizabeth Lesser opened the 2014 Women & Power Conference and spoke to us about myths and stereotypes about women and men that hurt everybody—women, men, families, and society. Today, men are joining women in a global movement to give birth to a different and more equal world. More

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