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Omega Institute Wake Up From Your Personal Story by Adyashanti
Spiritual people often want unconditional support and understanding from their friends, family, and mates, but all too often seem blind to their own shortcomings when it comes to the amount of unconditional support and understanding that they give to others. I have seen many spiritual people become obsessed with how unspiritual others are and assume an arrogant and superior attitude while completely missing the fact that they themselves are not nearly as spiritually enlightened as they would like to think they are. More
Omega Institute 5 Mindfulness Practices for Children, and Caregivers, Too by Traci Childress
Traci Childress, codirector of the Children’s Community School in West Philadelphia, shares mindfulness practices she integrates into the school's curriculum and practices with her two young children. More
Omega Institute Are You Afraid of Love? by David Richo
How To Work Through the Fear of Love
Most of us fear love as much as we want it, sometimes less, sometimes more. We fear both the receiving and giving of full-on love. The engaged focus on us from loving eyes can feel invasive. Those who want our love can seem to be asking too much of us. The vulnerability inherent in loving and in being loved can be quite daunting. We want love to happen on our own terms. We want to show love only in the exact way that feels safe to us. We want full control of the love we parcel out: how much, how long, how deep. More
Girls need the confidence to recognize that all of their feelings are important, and that they will still be valued in relationship for having them. Rachel Simmons, author of The Curse of the Good Girl, tells us about Dana, who began to recognize and talk back to the "good girl voice" within, the one that told her to keep her feelings to herself. More
Attachment parenting is often thought of as an approach to parenting young children. Nurse practitioner, therapist, and coauthor of Mothering & Daughtering, Sil Reynolds, explains why it's vital to continue attachment parenting through the teen years. You will be challenged for being close to your daughter—and not just by your daughter. You may also get the message from family, friends, and educators that you are hovering. More
Omega Institute Why Girls Need Yoga
In a survey as part of an ongoing study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 40% of 9-and 10-year-old girls surveyed have tried to lose weight. According to a study from the National Institute on Media and the Family, at age 13, 53% of American girls are "unhappy with their bodies." By age 17, this percentage is 78%. The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders reports that at least 8 million people in the United States have an eating disorder and 90% of these are women, whose conditions began in their teens. More
For many years, we focused our relationship work primarily on all the hard stuff: conflict repair, vulnerable communication, relationship visioning, sex, childhood history… Now, don’t get us wrong—all those things are important. As couples growing in life together, we must understand ourselves, and learn to be relationally skillful. We must be able to reveal ourselves at deep levels, and we must be able to repair conflict without re-wounding each other. These are essential parts of building intimacy. More
More and more children are looking to their peers for cues about how to be in the world. Where they really need to be looking, according to child development expert Gordon Neufeld and physician and mind-body wellness expert Gabor Maté, is to their parents. More
Reynolds: All of us who are raising children want to find a balance between hands-on parenting and helicopter parenting. I think you have managed to find that balance when you urge introverted parents not to project their own history onto their introverted child. Can you say more about this? More

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