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I don't know about you, but I really enjoy seeing how other people live. Since I was a girl leaving church on Sunday in my father's big ole green Oldsmobile, I always wanted to take the long way home so we could see the neighborhoods with the pretty houses. Did you ever play that game with yourself, picking the big fancy house you most wanted to live in and pretending it was yours? I used to do that a lot. Now I'm blessed to live in a big fancy house and some days I still can't believe I live here. I often get goosebumps just walking across the lawn with my dogs. Walking barefoot in grass makes me happy. Add some trees, preferably oaks and I'm ecstatic. I delight in simple pleasures in beautiful settings. The pic below is one of my favorite places on earth. My side yard, with my reading , praying, meditation chair. No matter where I go in the world, my heart rests most easy here.
I'm curious about what spaces do for other people, that's one of several reasons I traveled to the Bahamas to have an extensive conversation with The one and only David Copperfield who owns a total of 11 islands -- now called the Islands of Copperfield Bay. Talk about living LARGE! Breathtaking, tranquil, fantastic just begins to describe it all. He works like a slave, 600 shows a year. And lives like he earned and deserves every amenity. The place was so beautiful I wanted to take home the shower gels. I thought that would be tacky, so I just took a picture to remind me to buy it myself.
Join me for a great conversation with the world's greatest magician David Copperfield in his exquisitely private magical space this Sunday at 10p ET on NEXT CHAPTER.
Talked to the HEAT yesterday. Wow was that interesting - getting to talk to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh just a few days after their great NBA victory. Was sitting in front of my TV during Game 4 of the finals and thought if they win, this will be triple sweet for them after all the naysayers and hoopla surrounding last year's defeat.
So we called and they said Yes; Come on down to Miami after the parade.
It was clear to me, and will be to you too, that this Championship is not just about basketball but so much more. We talked about how sweet it is to prove "I told you so" to yourself.
NEXT CHAPTER this Sunday night at 8/7c.
Heyyyyyy all my book loving Friends....
So glad you're loving WILD by Cheryl Strayed! Thanks for making it the #1 E-book in non-fiction on the New York Times Book Review this week. I've read so many of your posts about the book. What Loree Libby posted on June 13th sums up my feelings too: "It's a book every woman can relate to on some level." Loree says she's recommending to her daughters and all her friends. That's the beauty of a great book. You want others to share the experience. In this 2.0 world we can do that in an instant.
In one month you can see my conversation with Cheryl about this great WILD experience on Super Soul Sunday on OWN. Make note July 22 at 11am eastern AND simulcast on the web. Very 2.0!
I'm so excited to tell you that for the first time starting this week we will be simulcasting SUPER SOUL SUNDAY around the world on the web.
SUPER SOUL SUNDAY is my favorite show on OWN and the real reason I wanted a network. My conversation with spiritual "intuitive" Carolyn Myss was so insightful, inspirational and filled with multiple AHA moments for me, I wanted to find a way to expand the platform so that SEEKERS around the world could all share at the same time. This show is for those of you who want affirmation and inspiration for walking the path to a better life.
What I know for sure, we're all on the same Human Road, and whether you're in your 20's and trying to figure things out, as @CoWayBo tweeted me recently, or if you think you've got it all figured out and just need assurance SUPER SOUL SUNDAY will surely bring you insights that will bring you greater clarity, direction and ultimately purpose. Who doesn't want more of that? I do. That's why I continue to reach for the teachers who've been inspirational in my own life and others who I think can bring spiritual perspective to our human condition.
So, calling all who seek Happiness, Wellness, Fullness and JOY!...Join me this Sunday for an encore of DeVon Franklin at 10am. Those of you who saw him no there's no hyperbole when I say he is GREAT! Followed by an all new Carolyn Myss at 11am. These are eastern times, adjust according to where you are in the world.
Then Facebook your comments afterwords. I'm building a network and need your feedback, on OWN of course.
Reair of DeVon Franklin at 10a eastern.
Second hour, all-new SUPER SOUL SUNDAY with Carolyn Myss at 11a eastern.
Simulcast on Facebook and Oprah.com.
Grateful for your support,
Ok my friends I had the longest interviewing session I can ever recall, talking to ALLLLLLLL the Kardashians. I had never met them, nor seen the show. I did a full on Kardashian Kram in preparation, watching major shows from every season. I genuinely wanted to know why they have become a cultural phenomenon? Why do so many people love to watch their every move and why do so many others love to hate them. Are they completely ego centered? Are they really "famous for being famous" or is there something more?
I "GOT IT" ... those answers +more. Those of you who watch the show know they hold nothing back. This interview I'd say was another level of forthrightness and honesty. Who surprised me the most? Scott. Lamar and Khloe. Kim.
Everyone who's asked was the marriage a publicity stunt? Why did she leave after 72 days? Her answer leveled me.
Please note that this show will air Sunday at 8/7 central not it's usual time. Followed by Part 2 of my conversation with 50 Cent at 9/8c where he talks about things you wouldn't imagine coming from him. Meditation. Outgrowing his audience. What really matters now. I had a great eye opening experience with him and released a lot of my preconceived notions and judgement. I'm loving this NEXT CHAPTER I get to do for myself what I intended for you the audience: Open the heart space, expand the way we see things, especially each other.
A great day on OWN beginning with Super SOUL Sunday at 11am/10c with Devon Franklin (thanks for your many "likes" on that one) hope you'll tune in. An insightful visit with the Kardashians, every single one of them except 2 year old Mason. Then FIF.
I have received many rewarding and heartwarming comments from you about SUPER SOUL SUNDAY. I don't use the word rewarding loosely. Your feedback is vital, as well as encouraging and inspiring. This show symbolizes the reason why I wanted to stay in television and didn't glide off into the sunset on a boat somewhere after ending the 25 year run of The Oprah Show.
I wanted to use television to drop little pieces of Light into our consciousness. SUPER SOUL SUNDAY is the beginning of the fulfillment of that dream. A place where open minded "seekers" can gather to explore the multiple palettes of Spirituality. For me Spirituality means living your life with an open heart to Kindness, Grace, Gratitude, Forgiveness, Faith, Courage, Truth, Love and ultimately Divine Law.
So I'm officially calling all SEEKERS—those of you seeking Success, Happiness, Fulfillment, Joy. Those of you seeking more meaning and purpose, who have an understanding or even just an inkling that Life is grander, and more mysterious than we can ever know and you want to be aligned with the Mystery and the Magic that is our Universal birthright. If what I'm saying speaks to you at all, then please join me beginning this week for SUPER SOUL SUNDAY. We're creating a gathering of spiritual thought leaders, to stimulate and inspire us to move in the direction of our deepest heart's desire to learn from our mistakes and keep moving forward.
I met a young man a couple of months ago who's faith was so strong and Light was so bright, that after less than 7 minutes with him I said we need to do a show together. An unlikely candidate to be a spiritual thought leader, (he's a Hollywood executive) I was so moved by his passion and commitment to faith while functioning in the lion's den of entertainment I could hardly wait to do a SUPER SOUL SUNDAY and share his insights, clarity and wisdom with you. He's in the business of developing movies and talent, but as you will see, is a bonafied dynamo himself... a different kind of spiritual teacher for our times.
Here's a preview: http://www.oprah.com/own-super-soul-sunday/Preview-Devon-Franklin-on-Super-Soul-Sunday-Video
Thanks for watching. Join me for more on Sunday at 11/10c.
In the car having just left Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent. Gotta say, he was quite surprising. We talked for 2 hrs. You'll see Part 1 this Sunday. Here are 5 things I learned from Fiddy:
1. He meditates regularly.
2. Received his mantra from Deepak Chopra, whose book he's currently reading.
3. He was not allowed to use curse words in his grandmother's house and still follows that rule.
4. A recent conversation with philanthropist Ray Chambers was life changing for him.
And my favorite....
5. He believes either pray or worry...no need for both.
Great conversation about rap culture, fatherhood, love, and life. He describes himself as two people—Curtis and 50 Cent—I was fascinated to hear his description of them both. Really glad I did it. Really liked him. Watch Next Chapter, Sunday 9/8c.
Today's Thank You Game challenge is to thank someone who always shows up.
Thank you Andre Walker. 27 years straight you showed up.
Always on time, ready and more than willing to do my hair. You're such a good
guy in every way. Thanks for always being available for
Today's Thank You Game challenge is to thank someone you recently met.
I'd like to thank Jenna Hall, Mastin Kipp's girlfriend, whom I met just a week ago for lunch. I could feel your whole heart in your smile, your love of God and life and all things spiritual. Thank you for being such a joyful representation of Spirit in a body.