On April 16th, the Omega Institute came into New York City to offer a weekend of renewal. Founded in 1977, the learning center that is nestled in the Hudson Valley, where over 23,000 people a year attend their conferences and seminars to "awaken the best in the human spirit." On April 24th, they will be offering a free public talk with Claude AnShin Thomas, veteran and author of At Hell's Gate: A Soldier's Journey from War to Peace. The conversation will address "the hidden cost of war." In September, their annual "Women and Power Conference" will take place. Last fall, while in attendance, I interviewed Lesser specifically about women's issues.
For me, the date of the evening had an ironic subtext. It was my mother's birthday, and it was her death that brought me to the work of Elizabeth Lesser. Friday night, she and Byron Katie shared a stage for a two-hour presentation.