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How do you shift the culture of a school to be more mindful? Ali Smith explains how the Holistic Life Foundation goes into schools, to not only teach children and teens mindfulness meditation practices, but also train their teachers and...

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Omega: How do you define self-compassion?

Steven: The most common way we talk about it is treating yourself the same way you would treat a good friend when they suffer, fall short, or fail. In general...

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Omega: Why do you think mindfulness has become so popular in the West?

Saki: In the West we’re very interested in the mind. We identify powerfully with our mind and our thoughts. Mindfulness helps us...

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We are living in a world where many of us are angry about issues of gender, race, and violence. What do we do with such strong emotion? Mindfulness teacher Rhonda V. Magee suggests we allow ourselves to be present with our anger so we can learn...

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Omega: Can you explain how the brain’s way of learning sets us up for addiction?

Judson: Our brains operate with a reward-based learning system, or habit loop, that has a couple of key pieces: a...

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It’s rumored that when the artist Michelangelo sculpted the statue of David, he observed a singular slab of marble and began steadily chipping away, removing everything that "wasn’t David." His approach wasn’t to shape the stone itself, but...

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It’s a common belief that work (what we do in order to make a living) and spirituality are incompatible. Work binds us to the material world, whereas spirituality frees us. This view is supported by traditional cultures, especially Eastern ones...

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Omega: What’s the best action to take when we notice fear popping up, especially when it comes to making decisions?

don Miguel Jr.: I work with the idea of coming to peace with fear. We need to respect...

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1. Be Present While on Retreat

One way to prepare for what comes after a retreat is to sink in and experience the retreat itself. It can be tempting to think ahead, to imagine the conversations you'll have...