When we are riding the waves of life and feel especially tossed and turned by its storms, Elizabeth Lesser beckons us to drop anchor and root firmly in our emotional center of kindness, compassion and interconnectedness.
That the most important thing they can offer children is their own mindfully aware attention. A lot of what kids need in order to pay attention is to feel seen, accepted, and loved. A personal practice can make us more capable of offering this even if we aren't teaching yoga to kids directly.
Beryl Bender Birch is an internationally recognized teacher of meditation and yoga philosophy and author. She happens also to be my yoga teacher, friend, and co-founder of The Give Back Yoga Foundation.
The kind of equality we are seeking is not just about making sure women get an equal piece of the pie, it's about creating a new, more complete pie -- together. True gender equality would expand the possibilities for both women and men, because we all suffer from rigid gender roles.
"The courage I'm talking about is this divine inner strength that everyone is born with, a strength to be your most authentic self and to take powerful actions consistent with your loving, compassionate heart."
For years, I prided myself on being an atheist and had no interest in god or religion. Back then, the word "spirituality" wasn't part of our everyday vernacular. But all that changed during the 1970s when spirituality became a buzz word.
This is an interview with Sarah Plummer, who started practicing yoga in 2001 in order to cope with overuse injuries from soccer and military training. After years of dabbling in the practice, in 2006, during her second deployment to Iraq, she became "hooked."
For 25 years, Leslie Cerier, aka The Organic Gourmet, has been teaching the art of healthy cooking at some of the finest eco-lifestyle centers and spas in the world. I sat down with Leslie recently to find out her latest advice on eating for sustenance and sustainability.
"During the second trip lots of medical volunteers were in the bunkhouse with us. At meal times they shared horrifically graphic tales from their work, and I began to feel some misgivings: were we 'just playing' while they were 'really working'?"
Omega talks with Bobby McFerrin about music, spirituality, and the joy of play. "I think play and joy and feeling good deserve more of our time. I don't see why adults are supposed to grow out of those things."