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14 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Pema Chödrön - Swimming in the Middle of the River
In this episode from Omega's 2011 Living beautifully With Uncertainty and Change Retreat, Pema Chodron shares a 12-minute teaching on patience, coping with daily annoyances, and swimming in the middle of the river.
24 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Ani Trime - Release Negative Thinking
In this episode from Omega's 2005 Overcoming Obstacles Conference, the late Buddhist nun, Ani Trime, offers a 22-minute talk on coping with a complaining mind, followed by a 9-minute meditation practice to help release negative thoughts.
45 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Sharon Landrith - A Meditative Transmission
This offering from spiritual counselor, Sharon Landrith, is a 43-minute seamless, guided meditation where even the explanation at the beginning is part of the visceral experience. The excerpt is from Omega's 2018 'Love Arising From Stillness' Retreat.
37 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Mallika Dutt, Tony Porter, Elizabeth Lesser - Exploring Gender Socialization and Empowerment
In this potent 35-minute conversation, originally recorded at Omega's 2014 Women & Power Conference, Mallika Dutt, Tony Porter and Elizabeth Lesser share stories and perspectives on gender socialization in modern times. Mallika ends the episode by guiding you through a short visualization to promote interdependence.
32 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Rhonda Magee - Honoring Your Cultural Heritage
In this episode from Omega's 2017 Being Fearless Conference, Professor Rhonda Magee shares a poignant 24 minutes of teachings honoring her African American heritage, finding collective worth in one's culture, and creating mindfulness around social justice. Later, she offers a 6-minute standing practice to help you honor your personal history.
43 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Roshi Joan Halifax - Strong Back, Soft Front
Today, Roshi Joan Halifax offers a stirring 26-minute lecture on being a 'war baby', early lessons in unconditional love, and what it really means to be of service, all from Omega's 2013 Women and Power Retreat. Later, she leads a 14-minute body mindfulness practice (starting at 27:38), and shares her core teaching: cultivating a strong back, soft front.
39 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
Holistic Life Foundation - Nature-Based Lessons
Today, the cofounders of the Holistic Life Foundation begin this 38-minute conversation, originally recorded at the Making Peace with the Earth Conference in 2018, with a 13-minute lovingkindness practice. Later, they share the nature-based lessons from their childhoods that inform their work with underserved kids.
13 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Jack Kornfield - A 12 Minute Mindfulness Meditation
In this 12-minute episode, Jack Kornfield offers up a lovingkindness meditation from Omega's 2013 Neuroscience of Well-being, Mindfulness & Love Workshop in New York City.
19 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei - Seeing the Illusion of Separateness
Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei offers a 19-minute conversation about the illusion of separateness, originally recorded at Omega's 2015 Women & Power Conference, plus a 7-minute meditation practice to help you re-center (starting at 11:00).
23 minutes | Nov 15, 2020
Jon Kabat-Zinn - Dropping Into Being
In this 22-minute episode recorded at Omega's 2017 Being Fearless Conference, Jon Kabat-Zinn discusses how presence and wisdom must be cultivated—then offers a "dropping into being" practice.
10 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
Sharon Salzberg - 8 Minute Lovingkindness Meditation
This offering from Sharon Salzberg is a short, snackable, 8-minute lovingkindness meditation, excerpted from Omega's 2006 Women & Power Conference.
18 minutes | Aug 16, 2020
Sherri Mitchell - Sacred Instructions
Native American activist, author and indigenous rights lawyer, Sherri Mitchell, considers the job of preserving her Wabanaki ancestry a sacred responsibility. In this bonus episode of Dropping In Mitchell recalls the community elders that nurtured her early potential, explains the spiritual significance of her tattoos, and shares her plea for humanity to honor Mother Nature. This bonus episode features audio recorded at Sherri Mitchell's Omega workshop interwoven with an intimate conversation with longtime public radio journalist, Karen Michel. Join Michel for each episode of Dropping In as she sits down with the great thinkers, creative talent, and social visionaries who teach at Omega Institute, to explore the many ways to awaken the best in the human spirit.
21 minutes | Jul 26, 2020
Nina Rao - Bringing Chant to Life
Nina Rao has her grandfather to thank for setting her on the path to sacred chant. It took many years and several professional pit stops—including commercial banking—before she found her way to kirtan and to becoming the musical assistant and business manager for Krishna Das (KD). In this bonus episode of Dropping In, Nina walks her students through the ancient verses of her favorite chant, Hanuman Chalisa, during her Heart Practice of Chanting workshop with KD at Omega. The episode also features a performance with Nina, as well as a visit from Krishna Das who muses about his early days in pursuit of enlightenment. Join Michel for each episode of Dropping In as she sits down with the great thinkers, creative talent, and social visionaries who teach at Omega Institute, to explore the many ways to awaken the best in the human spirit.
21 minutes | Jul 12, 2020
Krishna Das - The Power Of Chant
The name, Krishna Das, may very well be synonymous with sacred chant, or 'kirtan'. In this bonus episode of Dropping In, the Grammy-nominated musician, and longtime friend of Ram Dass, explains the power of repetition in chant for connecting with the divine and how the lack of early belief systems in his family shaped him. This bonus episode features insights and performances recorded at "KD's" Omega workshop interwoven with an intimate conversation with longtime public radio journalist, Karen Michel, at his home.
32 minutes | Jan 12, 2020
Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. - It's A Matter Of Faith
In his book, "The Five Levels of Attachment," Mexican-American author and shaman Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. describes the five guideposts for gauging how attached we are to any particular belief, whether ours or someone else'. In his Omega workshop, he encouraged participants to use these wisdom teachings to regain the power to make their own decisions.
26 minutes | Dec 29, 2019
Paul Hawken - A Super Wicked Gnarly Problem We Can Solve
Paul Hawken thinks we can solve the world's toughest climate challenges. He takes the stage at the Drawdown Learn conference, held in collaboration with Omega institute’s Center for Sustainable Living, to tell us how. Hawken talks about his entrepreneurial path from unfocused Northern California youth to to health food promoter to Project Drawdown, a global NGO aimed at literally fixing the world.
31 minutes | Dec 15, 2019
Bonnie St. John - Letting Go To Move Forward In Life
Paralympic athlete, Rhodes scholar and author Bonnie St. John knows about resiliency. She was born with one leg shorter than the other. And at the age of five, she made a tough decision to amputate it. After many surgeries St. John learned to live life to the fullest -- walking, running and skiing with a prosthetic limb. In her workshop at Omega she asked women look deep inside to see what they need to let go of to live their lives with purpose, creativity and passion.
22 minutes | Dec 1, 2019
Winona LaDuke - Water is Life
Native American economist, ecologist, and activist Winona La Duke shares traditional teachings from her Anishinaabeg culture about the sacredness of water and the spirits who watch over them. With this wisdom, she encourages us to take responsibility and care for the precious resources of the planet.
22 minutes | Nov 17, 2019
Richard La Marita and Ayurvedic Cooking: You Really Are What You Eat
Ayurvedic chef Richard La Marita leads workshop participants in the preparation of three meals while he shares the theory of the ancient Indian path to good health through food. As La Marita explains, diet is really just one aspect of the Ayurveda lifestyle.
21 minutes | Nov 3, 2019
Anne Haven McDonnell - Everyone Wants To See A Bear
Poet Anne Haven McDonnell says that encountering the natural world is encountering the mystery. In part two of our exploration of Orion Magazine's environmental writer's workshop, a bear peers in the window of the classroom at Omega. That close encounter with wilderness inspires McDonnell to read her own bear poem as well as others exploring the kinship between humans and animals.
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