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Grammy Award winner David Darling is an internationally celebrated cellist and cofounder of Music for People, a nonprofit organization that promotes self-expression through music and improvisation. Learn more about David Darling:http://eomega.org/omega/faculty/viewProfile/f849589a5fa719de533f26501445... More
Famed for her talent, creativity, and versatility as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Ani Difranco made a name for herself in the music world with the release of her self-titled debut album in 1990. This Grammy Award-winning artist has established herself as a feminist icon and political activist, using her music as a way to convey powerful, yet personal messages. In 2006, she received the Woman of Courage Award at the National Organization for Women (NOW) Conference and Young Feminist Summit. More
Musician, actress, and educator Ysaye M. Barnwell talks about the transformative power of listening, which she teaches in her workshop Building a Vocal Community®.   . More
Musician and mentor Eliyahu Sills has led manhood training groups for more than a decade. He has studied men's issues and rites of passage with Michael Meade, Malidoma Some, and Robert Spencer, and currently leads "coming of age" groups for adolescent boys for the Stepping Stones Project. Explore more with Eliyahu Sills   More
Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, filmmaker, and director/choreographer. A pioneer in what is now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance,” she has created more than 200 works. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, three “Obies,” and a “Bessie” for Sustained Creative Achievement. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006. More
Grammy Award-nominated Texas singer/songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore creates a unique style of music—labeled “progressive alternative country” and, lately, “Americana”—that blends a lifelong interest in esoteric philosophy, literature, psychology, and spirituality with elements of country, folk, pop, blues, and rock music. Learn more about Jimmie Dale Gilmore More

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Omega Institute 15 Ways to Nurture Your Creativity Today by Shelley Berc
Creativity is a way of living life that embraces originality and makes unique connections between seemingly disparate ideas. Creativity is about living life as a journey into seeing and communicating the extra-ordinariness of the simplest, most every day acts. We often think about creativity as making something, but in fact the root meaning of the word means "to grow." More
Omega Institute Miso Vegetable Soup: A Cooking Meditation by Suzanne Boothby
A Cooking Meditation
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh sums up Zen practice with these few words: “Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” In our busy lives, it's not uncommon to rush when preparing (and eating) a meal. But miso loses healthful enzymes and its aroma when boiled, so rushing is not the best strategy. Warming the soup slowly and gently requires mindful attention, which is the perfect opportunity to take Thich Nhat Hanh's advice. More
Omega Institute Visualization Meditation 101
What: Visual meditation is used in many spiritual traditions, including yoga, Taoism, Christianity, and Tibetan Buddhism, as well as in secular and therapeutic settings.  There are two primary forms of visual meditation. One is internal visualization, during which you focus on a mental image of a color, symbol, object, place, or situation. Two is gazing meditation, during which you stare at a fixed object (such as a tree, candle flame, or statue of a deity) to focus your mind. More
Omega Institute Preserving Food Saves Farms & Flavor: An Interview With Marisa McClellan
An Interview With Marisa McClellan
Omega: How did you get started preserving food at home? Marisa: I grew up doing it with my mom. We lived in Portland, Oregon, and had apple trees and blackberry bushes in and around our yard and in the neighborhood. We’d go picking and do a little canning—not tons and tons, but I knew how to do it. When I was in my mid-20s I went blueberry picking one day, and came home with 13 pounds of blueberries. That was the instigator. I canned some jam and I loved it. I wanted to do more, and it just went from there.  More
Omega Institute Brain-Boosting Avocado Smoothie
This simple green smoothie features a secret brain-boosting ingredient: avocado. Unlike many other fruits and vegetables, avocados contain healthy unsaturated fats that help keep your brain cell membranes flexible and protect nerve cells. As a bonus, avocados create a creamy, silky smooth texture much like soft serve ice cream. Try blending this treat today. Makes 2 Servings Ingredients More
Omega Institute Pioneering Media Literacy Activist Jean Kilbourne Is Juno Resident
Jean Kilbourne, internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on images of women in advertising and for her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising, recently stayed on Omega's campus as a Juno Leadership Resident with the  More
Omega Institute Passage Meditation 101
What: Passage meditation is the act of sitting quietly and reading out loud or mentally repeating a passage from a spiritual book or text. It has been historically practiced in numerous world religions, including Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism.  More
Omega Institute Orange Goji Lemonade
Ingredients1 cup goji berries7 cups water (divided)1 cup lemon juice2 pinches salt12 drops orange stevia3 drops orange essential oil DirectionsSoak goji berries for one hour in 2 cups of water. Blend with lemon juice, 2 pinches of salt, and 5 cups of water. Strain and add 12 drops of orange stevia and 3 drops of orange essential oil. More
Bake Your Own Bread No matter the style of bread you make—a hearty, country-style loaf, a light baguette, corn bread, tortilla, pita, naan, or a gluten-free variation on any of these—learning how to make one of the most basic foods there is for yourself can be powerfully nourishing. More
Omega Institute Vegetable Fritters by Jon Gabriel
Makes approximately 8 fritters. Ingredients1 tablespoon ghee1 small brown onion, diced1 ounce broccoli, finely chopped1 clove garlic, crushed1 egg1/2 carrot, grated1/4 zucchini, grated1 teaspoon dried thymesalt and pepperflaxseeds DirectionsMelt half of the ghee in a frying pan on medium heat. Place diced onion, broccoli, and garlic in the pan. Heat for approximately 3 minutes. Remove from heat. More

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