a day at omega

It might be difficult for people to imagine what it’s like to live in a community such as Omega where you live (in a tent) and work (without pay) with all of these people. Why would you do it? Because you learn a lot! There are so many staff classes, there’s never a dull moment. It’s the perfect place for people in transition, who don’t know what the next steps in their life might be. People are generally here to grow, learn, to live in a nurturing environment with like-minded people and to be of service to all of the participants that are here each year.

And boy! There are many classes for staff indeed, there are multiple yoga classes a day, qi gong, tai chi, dance movement, meditation, kirtan, sadhana, centering classes, women’s sharing circle, drum groups, improv theater, conscious communication, body awareness, soul soil, and so much more!

Just to give you an example, today I started my day off with an hour off meditation in the sanctuary, then breakfast, then Kundalini yoga on the hill with the amazing teacher Oliver from Germany, then lunch (pad thai!), then mindful movement, then Munay yoga with the wood nymph, then Ishta yoga, then dinner and then in the evening there’s a Tonglen meditation.

Of course there are days when I work 8 hours and am only able to take a class or two, but even then I’m grateful for being here, for being of service and I am cherishing every minute of Omega life. And don’t get me wrong, there are days when it’s difficult living in community, and work is difficult, etc. but that’s just life in general. Without the downs there wouldn’t be any ups.

Please read this beautiful poem that was read to me today:
The Invitation by Oriah
It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are
squaring your moon…
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

Oh and I saw a little bit of this today:
groundhoggy

poppies

peonies

groundhog

2 thoughts on “a day at omega”

  1. yep, my question, too…but it was more about the yogas..munay and the other one—
    but the nymphs…teaching? or among the teachables…or just showing up? i’m
    counting on henjo’s investigation…What a wonderful experience!!xoxoxo

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