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)
Some time ago, I walked past a construction site in a cemetery, where they were building a new monument to house those family members, “resting in peace.” The overall square footage looked approximately the size of a small studio or maybe a nice kitchen, depending on the size of your house.
The church down the street has a sign outside, “Open for Prayer and Meditation;” the yoga studio around the corner challenges you to “reconstruct your body, mind and spirit;” the day spa across the street offers “pure bliss” for sixty minutes of relaxation.
Meditation spaces are more than just naming rooms. They involve transforming vibrations of a space dedicated to the purpose of creative activity such as music, dance, yoga, art, prayer or meditation. The space is a separate room or a simple space that allows you to quiet your mind and detach from external influences.
A meditation space may consist of objects from your travels, calming colours and soft seating, a water feature, plants, natural fibers, crystals, Tibetan singing/toning bowls, deep chimes and perhaps a native drum or two, (but, no particular religious influence is necessary). A sound system could be as simple as a few speakers, or a high-tech surround-sound of birds in nature.
“A building is no more a Temple unless you are aware of its environment,” (Tibetan monk). We can transform the energy of a space through, sound vibration, multiphonic chanting, dynamic movement, and an awareness of the elements of balance, truth, harmony and liberation from “ego syndrome.” Beautifying an environment, releasing negative energy, represents a progression to deeper levels and implications of spiritual experience.
In a quest for well-being, meditation spaces promote beautiful healing and inspire positive attitudes toward life. In certain parts of the world, (such as the Himalayas, Sedona, Machu Picchu, Lourdes), discoveries of energy vortexes cause a shift in one’s body and psyche, leaving one feeling uplifted and energized. Research shows that time spent at a destination spa, a retreat, or holiday, helps to deepen our awareness and takes us away from the mundane of regular life, yet when we return home, unless we know how to maintain it, that feeling slowly fades.
Meditation spaces are like a sanctuary for the soul; an expression of self, that nurtures body, mind and spirit . A dedicated space in your home can provide a very successful, enjoyable experience for maintaining good vibrations.