On the walks I take every day, I listen to songs that inspire me and this one has definitely been over played! I’m the kind of person who keeps an open mind to signs and divine guidance, which keeps me in a place of believing in what is possible
I was walking along the road, noticing the cracks and how they lead toward the edge into the grass, the wild flowers blowing in the wind, tree branches reaching up to the sky, and how the whole scene winds around to somewhere I can’t yet see until I walk a little further. And while listening to this song, I thought about how there is a grander plan, and that God has blessed this broken road.
This moment filled me with gratitude for every relationship I’ve had, (siblings, friends, parents, lovers), for they have all made me who I am today, and led me to where I am now. Like northern stars, each one has been a guide. Then that thought created a gentler, forgiving version of the past, and a feeling of peace in my heart.
We don’t always see the signs, but like the song says, bless the road that might seem broken, for it is in this imperfection that a grander plan is coming true.
This year has been a year of shift for the world, and I had my own nudge from the universe; I took some time away from blogging to take inventory of my life and make changes, so I may relaunch my creative dreams. A few months ago I had the opportunity to see Oprah, in Hamilton, Ontario, and then wrote about that experience. This blog post captures Oprah’s theme and her quotes, and the message that she expressed to her Canadian fans. I have written it from my perspective, like as if the reader could be me, so I hope you enjoy the trip….
“I’m on edge of Glory and I’m hangin’ on a moment with you.
I’m on the edge of glory and I’m hangin’ on a moment of truth.”
The Lady Gaga b-e-a-t, Edge of Glory, infuses the atmosphere as we enter the coliseum. Women huddle together to take group pictures, giggling and laughing like spirit-soaked devotees. The vibration feeds my veins with adrenaline, and I’m feeling a slight vertigo as we ascend to our seats on the second balcony.
I’ve had a career in the film and television industry for over a decade, so I’ve experienced first-hand, many famous people. I believe I have a certain ability to be grounded and maintain perspective when it comes to celebrity. Still, I found myself hypnotized by the buzz in the building, pumped to see Oprah Winfrey in person, and be inspired perhaps to take away some words of wisdom. And that’s exactly what happened. Inspiration came streaming through, one life example after another, in true Oprah style of “aha” moments.
“Why are you here?” Oprah asks. Shifting in my seat, I observe, that I am one person, among some 15,000 now all in sync. “Aha” moments speak to inspire us all, but they impact each individual in the context of their own life. Oprah wants us to turn up the volume of our life, so loud that we will hear our calling speaking to us, and ignite our passion so to be about the business of doing it.
The only difference between you and a person of fame, she says, is that more people know her name. And that her salary makes news headlines regularly. But Oprah has earned every salary as she rose to her position today, having her own network: OWN TV.
She cooks on the weekend. She doesn’t have to. But she wants to, because she enjoys it, along with a little merlot! So how did a girl from Mississippi, USA, journey from there to here, tonight, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada? It’s rather an awesome thought, don’t you think?
Oprah has paid attention to why she’s here. “We’ve all been called. Your lesson is that you are here.” We all came the same way, (served up with a little humour). Our job is to hear our calling. That thing, that voice in the quiet of our minds, when we’re not playing the roles that we play.
“I am a whisper on the breath of God. I am a human living within and through divine intelligence.”
When you’re in alignment with your purpose, you begin to notice the threads, which reveal the links in your life. It’s not one thing – it’s everything leading up to this moment. “Find the link that sows together the pattern of your life, and let it reveal the clues to your purpose.”
“Because the privilege of a life-time, is to be who you are. And after all, the fact is, you are here! You are HERE!” she says, as the entire audience surges into cheers. Yes, I am here. Without a doubt, we all have a story that has brought us to where we are today. Over a year ago a concussion created life-altering events, forcing me into resolving, choosing, taking inventory, letting go, the moment-by-moment adjusting of my emotional GPS, and now I begin each day with gratitude.
“I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.” Life’s trials, Oprah says, are sent to show you who you are. When life seemed surreal and I wasn’t sure how to get through, I can only say that there came a time where I learned to let go, and surrender; on my knees, sitting silent, or lying in any position possible that gave relief.
Oprah has BIG faith; she describes it like a sunrise. “It’s like that moment when we rise above the clouds.” Life’s common threads are what make us human. We all feel it, even famous people; sadness, grief, pain, love, joy. Out of a dark place of separation or loss, low self-esteem, tragedy – we’ve all been there.
“Let our deepest practice be gratitude.”
Riveted by Oprah Winfrey standing on stage, glancing at her familiar face on the big monitor, seated on the second balcony with fellow OWN Ambassadors, I felt grateful. In fact I was feeling entirely blissful, and my spirit was elevated. Was anyone feeling this too? (adjusting in my seat again) Was it vertigo?
I’m on the edge
And suddenly, I felt myself falling, metaphorically, induced by a wave of sweetness, drifting, as if the air became lighter. “These experiences we all have,” Oprah says, Nothing gets unused. The events that happen to you all hold energy – use it. Instead of letting it use you. ”Forgive yourself. “Forgiveness – (we all join in), is giving up the hope that the past could be any different.”
My emotional free-fall was accompanied by Oprah’s narration of a beautiful poem, Love After Love, by Derek Walcott.
The time will come,
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the others’ 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.
I hadn’t brought tissues. Mock my words, or just believe it when I say: it was a moment. I loved listening to Oprah tell her story, and laugh, cry or sigh as I heard that inner “aha.”
We soar to these places above the clouds, and appreciate the moments of glory, all the more in knowing that we gained strength through our struggles and persevered. What’s your story? Why are you here?
(this story was published first at http://canadasownviewers.com/?p=1031)
Its been a while since I posted anything, and after some time I feel inspired to begin again ! …why not start with an awesome entry about dedicated yoga spaces at home from YOGA JOURNAL !!!! 5 Ways to Make Your Home Yoga Friendly | Top Five Tuesdays | Yoga Blog | Yoga Journal.
I’ve been inspired to share this post from TED talks. . . with STEVE JOBS – you never know where life will take you, and you can’t really connect the dots going forward… you just have to trust and move forward…..and then in looking back, you can see how everything connected. So many things make sense to me as I look back… I can recall times when I knew in my gut but didn’t listen to it! At those crucial times life was telling me something… so, “you’ve got to find what you love” and if you haven’t, then don’t give up, keep going, keep pursuing, be true to your heart ….
Time sure flies . . . spring can’t come quick enough . . . I hear it’s going to be a nice, warm Sunday ? Well let’s hope the weatherman is right ! I’ve been hibernating over the winter, that’s about the gist of it, but the sun is shining and I gotta smile on my face… I have a lot of new and fresh ideas to share, beginning with a new art show at the local Starbucks . . .
My art is a meditation, it transforms the space I’m in, so that it radiates higher frequency feelings, of happiness, brilliance, love abundance. From the fragrance of a flower, to the single passing moments in a breath, a glance, a thought, I am present and alive.
Spring is here and transforming the environment with brighter days, warmer temperatures, and ultimately, smiles – while we let go of the old, dark winter parts of our lives …
Come out to the Starbucks for a java and enjoy springtime on the walls !!!
- Schultz talks about Starbucks’ first 40 years (bizjournals.com)
- Howard Schultz on Seattle and Starbucks (bizjournals.com)
- Tony Schwartz: Why I Appreciate Starbucks (huffingtonpost.com)