I got pretty close to O! Only 10 ft away
I grew up watching The Oprah Winfrey Show every day after school until just last year when the last season aired, so when I heard she was bringing her popular Lifeclass to Toronto I had to be there. With my mother in tow (you know she wasn’t going to let me go alone) we lined up with 8,400 other fans to see her live in person.
Miss Winfrey brought her “Spirit Squad” which includes motivational speaker Tony Robbins, spiritual advisers Deepak Chopra and Bishop T.D. Jakes, and self-help author Iyanla Vanzant. The topic of the class was Gratitude. We learned so much from each of the guests and Oprah as they taught us some key lessons that I’ll never forget. Bishop T.D. Jakes had us all cheering when he told us to soar like an eagle and to stay away from chickens (why chickens? well, they eat rocks and poop and can’t fly!). ““We are like chickens if we eat stuff from the past, if we take in what we should excrete,” says Jakes. Deepak Chopra taught us how to heal ourselves by overcoming problems with a pure outlook. Iyanla Vanzant showed us how to tell the truth and most importantly HEAR the truth without taking it as criticism. And Tony Robbins gave us three key words to remember: Strategy, Story and State.
During the live show Oprah and her team helped different audience members learn gratitude and move on from terrible tragedies that have caused pain in their lives. It was one of the most inspiring experiences of my life. I am truly grateful to Oprah for coming to Toronto and giving us these great tools to help us live more fulfilling lives.
To learn more about what all these lessons mean watch Oprah’s Lifeclass season finale on April 30, about mastering the art of gratitude. You can tune in on OWN if you have the channel or and log on to Oprah.com or Facebook.com/OWNTV at 8pm (EST).
Some memorable quotes from Oprah’s Lifeclass:
“The Saint has a past, the Sinner has a future” Deepak Chopra
“Common sense is sometimes not too common.” Tony Robbins
“Holding on to resentment is like holding your breath and you will suffocate yourself.” Deepak Chopra
“Life happens… Not to us, but for us.” Tony Robbins
Take a deep breath
Observe yourself (and/or the situation)
Proceed with kindness