Oprah shone bright like a diamond in a floor length sparkly silver gown. She was equally funny and sincere. There were moments where the audience erupted in laughter and moments of complete silence – the kind where you can hear a pin drop, or the random in the audience yelling out “Where’s Stedman?”.
I have never really been a MASSIVE fan of Oprah, however, when I heard she was coming to town, I felt called to go and see her. I am so glad I did. The content felt really timely and relevant for where I am at in my life right now. She mostly talked about her life’s journey; the path that lead her to where she is today, and of the spiritual practices she has found to be most useful in her life.
I thought I would take the opportunity to share some of key points with you.
Here are some truth bombs from the queen herself:
// Life is speaking to you, always
It begins by speaking softly, offering messages via whispers. Sometimes we choose not to hear the whispers, or to pay attention, so the whispers become louder and louder until eventually we are forced in some way to STOP and LISTEN. She encouraged us to reflect on our own lives and to ask ourselves:
- What is my life saying to me?
- What is being whispered to me right now?
- What do I need to see?
// Be responsible for the energy you put out into the world
In an interview with Jill Bolte Taylor, Oprah came across this concept of being responsible for the energy you put out into the world.
Jill was a brain scientist, who in her thirties experienced a stroke. In her book: My Stroke of Insight, Jill talks about her need for visitors to bring their positive energy into her hospital recovery room. Without being able to communicate verbally with nurses and visitors Jill wrote about how she felt the difference in the energy of those who supported her recovery and believed in her ability to heal, to those who came in with highly anxious energy and who didn’t think she would or could recover.
Jill organised for a sign to be made and hung in her hospital room. It read: “Be responsible for the energy you bring into this room”.
Oprah’s message on energy: Keep your vibration high. Be aware of what you say to yourself and to others. Be mindful of your thoughts, because where the mind goes, energy flows. And overall, be responsible for the energy you put out into the world.
Oprah shared her experiences of the spiritual practice of gratitude. She started a practice of writing down 5-10 things she was grateful for every single day in a gratitude journal. She said “It’s not just enough to think it; you have to write it down. The words have power”.
She encouraged us to be conscious throughout the day of things to be grateful for and to observe how the practice of gratitude can transform our lives. She explained how this practice of being grateful can completely shift our mindset. Instead of spending our days focusing on the things that aren’t so great, we will begin to focus our attention on the good things and the things to be grateful for.
Oprah explained that to surrender does not mean to give up. To truly surrender means to let go of any attachment to what you think the outcome must be. She explained: “after you’ve done all you can, let go of your attachment to whatever the outcome will be. The instant you can let go and release any attachment – your life will open up”. This was true for her.
Not sure how to surrender? Try prayer or meditation.
To finish Oprah left us with one of her favourite poems by Derek Walcott. As she read out this poem, I was reduced to tears. It still gets me every time I read it.
The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door,
in your own mirror each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was yourself.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself, to the stranger who has loved you all your life, whom you ignored for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.
As you read through this blog, what resonates with you? Are you committed to any of these spiritual practices yourself? And if so, how do they serve you? Please share in the comments below.