Oprah – Day 2 Live Your Best Life SJ

I don’t even know where to begin.  I guess I’ll begin with gratitude to have had the opportunity to spend the day with my mama and Oprah and her trailblazers and to listen and to learn and to soak up all the positive energy that was in that space today. I am thankful. I LOVE Oprah and can now check off being on her show off my bucket list. Thank you for coming to San Jose and sharing your light and love with all of us.

Today included Oprah hosting the all day long show with her hand-picked teachers – Deepak Chopra, Elizabeth Gilbert, Robert Bell, and Iyanla Vanzant.  It was an awesome conference filled with love and light and positivity.

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Deepak helped us with a mediation exercise and shared his thoughts on spirituality. He said, “you are the awareness you are, disguised as a person.”  You are not your thoughts. Those you love and dislike are both reflections of yourself.  Make sure your intentions are not only for yourself, but also for the common good.  You should start every day with a list of intentions to help organize your day. If we set our intentions, we can live our life on purpose.  I love that. Sounds just like the daily 5 I’ve been working on lately that are linked to my goals. If we set our intentions, our life will have meaning because we’ll be doing the work that is meaningful to us.

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Elizabeth Gilbert was a breath of fresh air. I loved the dress she wore and her ruby red slippers. She looked like a princess and was in awe of her own life and how she got to be where she is now.  All of Oprah’s speakers were great story tellers.  Her message was that of a hero’s journey. She told the story structure from Joseph Campbell about a restless boy, who hears a call to transform his life. He resists change out of fear and reluctance, yet the call persists. Eventually he responds and enters into the dangerous, unknown world, where he has to cross the threshold into this new world and can never go back to where he came from.  He then faces the road of trials, where he meets all types of iconic characters. He must suffer the darkness of night in soul and becomes broken or lost, loses faith, feels broken and shuts down. Then there comes a supernatural  guidance that arrives and the great battle of life is won.  This is the story line that has carried out for men throughout all cultures. But for women, this story breaks down.  The reason she shared this story is because she didn’t fit this mold. She didn’t feel that she was allowed to follow the hero’s journey, because this was typically a male’s world and women had more restrictions on their lives.

Her message was that we can all choose our own epic quests and journeys to find our spiritual path. She says that even though there hasn’t been a history of women leaders and heroes, that we can be our own heroes and choose our own paths and become the heroes of our own story. We need to think. We need to act. We need to begin.

Oprah was on the stage and kept helping with the transitions and guided us through envisioning sessions of our futures.  She wants us to learn how to be the best versions of ourselves.

Rob Bell is a minister from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He started his lecture with stories and jokes, and focused on our breathe, our life force and made us focus on the gift of just being. I loved hearing him speak. He wanted us to see that our life already is a miracle, just being and that our life matters right now, not in the future. I loved him too.   He reminded us to do everything with love. He wants us to live in the moment  and learn to say no, so that we can say yes to what we really want. Pay attention. Slow down and see your life as the miracle that it is.

SoulCycle was a cool, intermission group that was biking and exercising and sharing soul secrets with us as we exercised and moved in our chairs with our light-up wristbands dancing in the air in synchronicity. Oprah described them as “going to church on a bike.” They reminded me of my friend, Apryl, and her My School in Motion project, getting everyone moving and thinking together, releasing endorphins, getting fit, and sharing a community experience. I loved the energetic leaders and the thought behind their program.

Iyanla was hilarious. She kept laughing at herself and taking a drink to life, her friend. She started out by saying that she loved everyone and that today was all about life. Just breathe. She wants us to have what we want in life and reminded us that we have to do the labor, or do the work to enjoy results.  She reminded us to just breathe and to be willing to do the work that follows our intentions. She talked about all the distractions in our lives, and called them “humping puppies.”  Humping puppies were the distractions that were constantly in your face that you want to go away, yet you gave your attention to. She wanted us to learn how to tame the dogs and to live our best lives by doing the work, being authentic, and being present. I loved her!

Toyota was a sponsor of the event, and they brought up Amy Purdy to share her story of survival and hope. Amy had lost her legs below her knees when she was a teenager due to disease and she shared her story about how she trained and built her own dancing and skiing feet and legs. She was a prime example of showing someone with a vision and not giving up, when life hit bottom.

Kimberly Bryant was chosen by Toyota to receive a standing ovation for her work to promote STEM programs for black girls. She calls her program Black Girls Code and she plans to reach over one million girls by the year 2040.  She wanted her daughter to meet other women working in the STEM fields and none existed, so she created her own. She has served over 3000 young girls to date, who otherwise may have not been exposed to hands on technology solutions.  She was awarded a $25,000 grant to continue her work.

The panel of trailblazers gave Oprah the gift of their words at the end of the show and praised her for her gifts and talents that she so freely gives to the world. Hearing them share her praises filled my heart with joy because I believed in what they were saying and was so happy for Oprah, to be surrounded by those that she chose and who chose her back. This is so important and so cool to me.  Oprah was moved to tears and so thankful.

Oprah lead practices throughout the day that made us think of our vision and what we want out of life. She wants us to find ways to integrate our interests and map how much time we spend doing the different things we value.

I of course, cannot capture all that was good at this conference, but these were just a few of the highlights and I know there were many. I just wanted to share some of what I heard and learned because it was so powerful and moving.

To summarize, every day decide what choices you want to make. Be clear of your intentions and commitment to change. Decide to improve your life and seek out experiences that do just this.  What we focus on, expands our truth. Take time to be still and to meditate and to just be without doing anything.

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“The most beloved person in the universe is YOU.” – Oprah Winfrey

I hope you enjoyed this summary and keep on following me and sharing our journey together by clicking on the link above.   We can transform our lives everyday by thinking positively, loving ourselves and loving others.

Goodnight, BeLoveRs!!

Love,
Adriana

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Oprah – Live Your Best Life Tour – San Jose

Oh my gosh, I’m just back from the finale, Oprah Live Your Best Life Tour in San Jose and am on such a high.

I love Oprah. I always have and it was on my bucket list to go see her one day and today my dream came true. She did not disappoint.

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She is such a good storyteller and is very authentic and real and vulnerable and amazing.  She gets life and I’m in awe of her grace.

She spoke for two hours to a sold out crowd and we’re going back tomorrow to listen to more master blaster trailblazers who are living it up, loving it out and living the best life possible.  I saw Elizabeth Gilbert standing and dancing in the audience, just glowing and happy as can be. I can’t wait to hear her and the rest of the team tomorrow.

But tonight I lived in the moment with my mama, soaking it all in and enjoying the journey.

Oprah is an amazing life force. She is full of positive energy and wants to share her wisdom with the masses because she has received and is aware of her gifts and talents and is using them to help others.  I love her, did I tell you that? We could be soul sisters.

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The event started out in darkness with star lights twinkling on the screens and then the wristbands she gave to everyone who registered began lighting up. We all could see our light across the stadium, in all it’s wonder and reverence. We could see and feel energy. As she spoke of light and energy, the white star lights turned to orange and she told us that the sun always rises.   This was another one of her themes, that every day is a new day and the sun will rise and we can start again. She soon emerged onto the stage, dressed in a vibrant, floor length orange dress.

Her message was questioning why we were all here and why she was here tonight.

She wants us all to turn up the volume on our lives. She wants us to live with passion and purpose and vision. She wants us to know that we are the co-creators of our lives and to remind us that we get to decide which path, which journey we want to take. She wanted us to know that we become what we believe and our experiences move us to our higher good.

I believe her. I practice every day what she preaches. I felt such a connection and resonating YES!!

She said that we need to surrender to the glory that belongs to each of us and to be thankful for all that is good in our lives.

She went on to tell us stories about her life and how she came to be where she is today. She told us how she enjoys time by herself, sitting under her oak grove in Santa Barbara, feeling thankful and grateful for all that is. Taking time to be still and to be thankful and to notice the positive things in her life are part of her daily ritual. Sounds like she understands mindfulness and meditation and makes the time to slow down and be alone.

She shared many quotes and reminded us that we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

We have to learn to connect to our power within. She reminded us that we all are here for a purpose and we were born and called to be.  Most of us have always known what our calling is, but we don’t always listen to the voices in our head.

She said that we all have a thread that we carry through our lives and that everyone has their own thread and that our spirits are seeking expression. It is up to us how we connect the dots and experience life. I LOVE THIS!

What is your thread? What are the commonalities and thoughts you’ve carried with you since you were a child? Are you listening?

She wanted us to think about what our calling is. Why are we here? What is our thread? What is our purpose and what connects us with the truth?

I know I keep repeating that “she said” but she was the only one on stage sharing her truth with all of us. We all long to leave a legacy, which is the collection of everything we’ve ever done, and everyone we’ve ever touched. We need to pay attention to our gifts and offer them to others. We need to be of service and to be grateful for all that we have been given.

What are the gifts and talents you possess? Are you sharing them freely with others? What we give, we receive. It’s a law of nature. Bam!

She wants us all to be a force for good and to share our positive energy with the world.

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The main truths she believes in are of being of service and providing validation for all that is and for each other. Once we have these truths, we can focus on co-creating our life by thinking about what we put out into the universe.  What goes out comes back. For every action, there is an opposite reaction. This is how our lives work and it’s important that we are aware of our actions and to be of service.

She reminded us of the Golden Rule and to do onto others as we wish done onto us. And she reminded us that our intentions were critical to our happiness. We have to act with our intentions so that we’re not aimlessly trying to please others so they will like us. We need to follow our hearts’ intentions and avoid the disease to please.  We need to be responsible for our intentions and to do what we have time for and that we feel we are the best person for the job.

Oprah had many things that were bad happen to her as a child.  She had a rough childhood and moved from place to place. She believed in God and believed in herself,  We must believe that all things are possible. Everything is energy and carried by what we believe and nothing is a waste.

We need to live the life we want and to stay out of others’ energy fields.

When we are presented with love and fear, we must choose love.  We want to shift the paradigm of focusing on fear and anxiety to focusing on love. It works. Try it. Let go of fear and let love in the free space.

We must be graceful and accept what comes our way and to always be thankful and practice gratitude daily.

And when things don’t go our way, as they often do, we must practice the art of surrendering and letting go, opening up and expressing thankfulness, despite the unexpected.

After we do all we can do, we must learn to surrender, detach, release and let go and trust in the power of our greater self.  We need to live a grace filled life and pay attention and cultivate the spirit. Every breath is a gift and we need to pay attention to the little things and be grateful.

We are born to honor our spirit and to find our path, to follow our own journey and be the best we can be. We all want the same thing – to fulfill our highest expression as a human being and to find and weave our threads and connect with others.

We all get a second chance to begin again. We just have to choose a do over and to start again, right now.

Namaste. Live your best life!! xoxo  I love you Oprah!! Thank you for coming to San Jose and sharing you love, passion, and light. I wish you well.

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