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Isabel Allende: My Life As A Feminist

Omega Institute | Posted 12.01.2016 | Women
Omega Institute

Renowned author and activist Isabel Allende explains why she's a feminist and encourages women to keep working on behalf of each other.

Ahmed Naji: Six Months of Detention is Six Months Too Many

Mai El-Sadany | Posted 08.23.2016 | Media
Mai El-Sadany

(This piece was originally posted on Medium on May 16, 2016; it has been slightly adapted) Today marks six months since Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji w...

Relax, Write & Heal: An Interview with Maia Danziger

Omega Institute | Posted 08.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Omega Institute

Discover how breast cancer spurred this actress to tap into her healing potential through writing, and how she shares that gift with others. Omega:...

An Interview With "Survivorman" Les Stroud: How Survival Skills Can Enhance Your Spirit

Omega Institute | Posted 07.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Omega Institute

A modern day Renaissance man, Les Stroud is a musician and the award-winning producer, creator, and star of Survivorman. In this interview, he talks a...

Elizabeth Gilbert: Most in Show

Omega Institute | Posted 12.08.2016 | Arts
Omega Institute

Elizabeth Gilbert, the best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love, The Signature of All Things, and Big Magic, explains her relationship to imagination an...

Let the Songs Come To You: An Interview with Dar Williams

Omega Institute | Posted 11.02.2016 | Arts
Omega Institute

Dar Williams is an American singer-songwriter and folk musician with 10 critically acclaimed studio albums. She has also taught at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival song school, published two novels, and led the "Give Bees a Camp."

Art Therapy Is More Than Just Making Nice Pictures

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.29.2015 | Arts

Anyone who has ever put pen to paper, crayon to coloring book, or hand to wet clay knows the healing powers embedded in such creative endeavors. More ...

10 Adult Coloring Books To Help You De-Stress And Self-Express

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.21.2015 | Arts

We're fairly certain elementary school had all the answers. Nap time, snack time, recess, second nap time -- how could any third-grader not be complet...

An Interview With 'Survivorman' Les Stroud: How Survival Skills Can Enhance Your Life

Omega Institute | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Omega Institute

I stay grounded by being grateful for things in my life and the opportunities and life experiences I am granted, including survival. I remind myself that my work can inspire people and positively influence their lives.

10 (More) Art Therapy Techniques To Help You De-Stress This Holiday Season

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.28.2014 | Arts

The holidays are just around the corner which means family, food and, for many of us, stress on stress. Whether you're dreading those endless conversa...

#AOLBUILD Hosts Director Extraordinaire Rob Reiner

AOL BUILD | Posted 09.16.2014 | Entertainment
AOL BUILD

Gino DePinto, AOL BUILD "If you are a creative person, you try to create things that are an extension of yourself" - professed Hollywood's jack-of-...

Adults With Disabilities Find Joy and Acceptance in Creative Expression

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 05.03.2014 | Good News
Arlene Nisson Lassin

What talents lie behind those with physical impairments that confine them to a wheelchair, or those with intellectual disabilities that limit life activities such as work and living independently?

Think Empathy's Just a Nice Idea? Think Again...

Lysa Heslov | Posted 04.29.2014 | Impact
Lysa Heslov

Empathy In Action: How a Concept is Making Real Change In the World The world can be a scary and confusing place when you're a kid, even if you're...

Does Being Hurt Ignite a Desire in Us to Hurt Others?

Sister Jenna | Posted 04.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Sister Jenna

After meeting a Syrian man who defected from Syria at the airport, I wrote these thoughts from 30,000 feet above on my way to Washington, D.C. from In...

Killing Them Softly

Kanan Dhru | Posted 04.05.2014 | Home
Kanan Dhru

The pressures of modernity have resulted in many casualties. In this battle between the head and the heart, the language with international acceptability, the language of future and opportunities and the language required for basic survival in today's world is likely to win hands down.

The Life Out Loud: You Are an Artist (Yes, You)

MeiMei Fox | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

When Whitney Freya was a little girl, all she wanted was to be an artist. But at age 9, a careless teacher told her, "While you have a great eye for c...

How One Man Found His Balancing Act

Francine Toder, Ph.D. | Posted 09.26.2013 | Fifty
Francine Toder, Ph.D.

His age places him squarely in The Vintage Years, that stage of life after about 55 when the pleasure and meaning derived from doing something is satisfaction in and of itself. No longer are goals and milestones set in place for external rewards -- the reward is contentment in the here and now.

Cultivating Self-Affection During Tricky Times

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 05.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Spring, in all her glory, dares the frosty air. Do we? Do we dare to shake off the wintry cold that hardens hearts and dampens dreams? Do we dare to bloom today, to become that which is best in our hearts, and that which most inspires our spirit? Do we dare?

Finding Home

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Adam Kirk Edgerton

It is one of the great tragedies of adulthood that so many of us leave our artistic lives in adolescence. I often find myself in conversations with people who lament, "Oh, I used to play the violin," or, "Remember when we used to do theater?" or, "I wish I still had the time to paint."

Playing the Role of You: An Interview With Sandra Joseph

Omega Institute | Posted 08.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Omega Institute

Broadway star Sandra Joseph, from "The Phantom of the Opera," talks to Omega about overcoming fear on and off the stage.

Is China Inc. Corporate America's Enemy?

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.30.2012 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

The Chinese are (not) coming! It will be decades before Chinese corporations -- even in strategic industries such as renewable energy or information technology -- beat American, Western, and European companies on their own turf. Indeed, it may never happen at all.

4 Ways To Awaken Your Creativity

Bridget Nielsen | Posted 05.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Bridget Nielsen

The key is opening the door to creativity by inviting in curiosity and doing things that awaken the energy of excitement to keep things open and flowing.

Unbinding Our Hearts: An Interview With Agapi Stassinopoulos

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 04.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

As we approach February and the theme of love, I know of no better way to begin what is coming in the next few weeks than to share an interview with someone well-versed in the affairs of the heart: Agapi Stassinopoulos.

Embrace the Feminine

Mijanou Montealegre | Posted 02.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Mijanou Montealegre

Reason can no longer stand alone as the sole basis for our reality. It is time to integrate our gifts of reason and the intellect with our gifts of intuition and the path of the heart.

Embracing Your 'Creative Age'

AARP | Posted 01.01.2012 | Fifty

Not long ago, an arts program in assisted living or nursing homes meant a choir singing a few songs during the holidays while the residents listened q...