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Posted: Thu 05/23/2013 12:00 AM
Elizabeth is the co-founder and senior adviser of Omega Institute, the largest adult education center in the United States focusing on health, wellness, spirituality and creativity. For more than 30 years, Elizabeth has studied and worked with leading figures in the fields of healing, spiritual development and cultural change. Her work at Omega has included co-directing the organization, curriculum research, conference weaving, teaching and writing the yearly Omega catalog, a reference book that describes the work of some of the most eminent thinkers and practitioners of our times.
Elizabeth attended Barnard College and San Francisco State University. Prior to Omega, she was a midwife and birth educator. She has been active in local environmental issues for many years in New York's Hudson Valley, where she lives with her husband. She is the mother of three sons.
5 Life-Changing Lessons from Elizabeth Lesser
We're all on a spiritual journey of some kind, but walking the spiritual path can be a tricky adventure. Wondering if you're off track? Elizabeth has you covered.
10 signs you're on a path of progress >>
The great Tibetan meditation teacher, Chogyam Trunpa, wrote that we are often "deceiving ourselves into thinking we are developing spiritually when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity through spiritual techniques." He called this kind of self-deception spiritual materialism.
Elizabeth breaks down 10 signs to watch for on your spiritual journey >>
In a world of unlimited possibilities, how do you know when to stop? When is enough really enough?
The five questions to ask yourself when it all seems like too much. >>
Even when our lives seem to be crumbling around us, Elizabeth says there's one secret to remember when times get tough.
Why we are never alone >>
Growing up, Elizabeth was devoted to her dolls. As a parent, however, she's learned that such excessive giving isn't always the best for her children.
How to love your children with all your might and still raise a good kid >>
The Seeker's Guide by Elizabeth Lesser
Elizabeth says we're witnessing a new spirituality that is uniquely American.
Read her lists of "new" vs. "old" spirituality >>
Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser
Elizabeth says when you parent, you fall in love with someone who is always changing into someone else, and whom you know will leave you. Yet most parents will say that they have never given themselves to anyone as fully as they have to their children.
Read an excerpt >>
Posted: Mon 05/20/2013 12:00 AM
This Sunday, join Oprah and three dynamic thought leaders for the first in a special series of "Super Soul Sunday" episodes we're calling The Bigger Picture, a panel discussion about today's top global headlines, bringing unique and thoughtful perspectives to world news topics ranging from prescription drugs to terrorism, gun violence and our fascination with celebrity culture.
Tune in Sunday, May 26, at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN, or join our worlwide simulcast on Oprah.com, Facebook.com/owntv or Facebook.com/supersoulsunday.
Posted: Sun 01/29/2012 10:05 AM
On the Oprah Show, Oprah and Omega Institute co-founder Elizabeth Lesser sat down to discuss the meaning of spirituality and how difficult times can help you find your spiritual path.
Posted: Fri 01/27/2012 09:00 AM
The transformational journey is a voyage with a hundred different names: the Odyssey, the Grail quest, the great initiation, the death and rebirth process, the supreme battle, the dark night of the soul, the hero's journey. All of these names describe the process of surrendering to a time of great difficulty, allowing the pain to break us open, and then being reborn—stronger, wiser, kinder. Every religion includes in its texts, stories of descent and rebirth. From Jonah in the whale to Jesus on the cross, and from the Hindu hero Arjuna on the battlefield, to the prince Siddhartha leaving the castle in order to become the Buddha, the great ones have gone before us on this journey.
Find out more about Elizabeth's Phoenix Process
Posted: Wed 01/25/2012 02:14 PM
Super Soul Sunday's "The Journey Within" guests have not only experienced life-changing journeys—they've also written about them! Be sure to read an excerpt from Elizabeth Lesser, Elizabeth Gilbert and Iyanla Vanzant's books!
Tune in Sunday, January 29, at 8 a.m./12 p.m. PT to watch their journeys on Super Soul Sunday!
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