Super Soul Sunday
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Posted: Mon 01/02/2012 07:00 AM
Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of the Omega Institute, shares a gratitude meditation that will help you feel centered and peaceful in the new year.
Attracted to the promise of inner peace, stress-reduction, happiness and better health, many people make "learn to meditate" or "start meditating again" their New Year's resolution. But most find it hard to jump in and even harder to sustain. The idea of sitting still for 10 or 20 minutes with an unruly mind can seem boring, aggravating, confusing, pointless, or even impossible. Here's a practice that can help you begin. It's shorter and a little more lively than traditional routines, but it has all the same benefits. You'll be amazed how it brings a sense of calm and optimism into your daily life. And if you like it, you can then go on to longer periods of stillness, using a variety of techniques and traditions.
Posted: Sun 01/01/2012 08:00 PM
UPDATE: Did you miss I Am on "Super Soul Sunday"? Simply want to see it again? I Am will be available on DVD starting Tuesday, January 3. Learn more about how you can watch I Am at home by visiting IAmtheDoc.com
Intention: Watch I Am and share its message.
Assignment: Watch I Am on "Super Soul Sunday" with friends and family. Afterward, have a discussion (or leave a comment below) about what you can do individually or as a group to make your home or your community (or even the world!) a better place. Change can start today, thanks to you.
I Am is also available on DVD starting January 3, 2012.
Missed an assignment? Catch up here!
Assignment #1: Shift Your Thinking
Assignment #2: Decide What You Really Need in Life
Assignment #3: Let Go
Assignment #4: Learn the Power of One
Assignment #5: Appreciate Nature
Assignment #6: Make a Connection
Posted: Sun 01/01/2012 10:15 AM
On today's show, you were reintroduced to Pam Cope, the Missouri mother of four who was inspired to rescue a little boy sold into slavery in Ghana after seeing his haunting face in The New York Times. Since then, Pam has been on a mission to help other children find freedom and safety. Find out how her life has changed since we last saw her and get an update on that very special boy, Mark.
Each year, I like to spend New Year's Day reflecting on the many things for which I am grateful, and today I'm particularly grateful for this chance to share an update on Mark Kwadwo, a very special little boy who has forever changed my life.
Mark was first introduced to the world five years ago as a 6-year-old slave in Ghana. For 12 hours each day, he worked on Lake Volta under brutal conditions, and the scars were obvious. Well, he is no longer that boy. Now, he is a happy, healthy 10-year-old with a dream of becoming a pilot, a talent for soccer and a fondness for Dr. Seuss. I've been back to visit him 14 times in these last few years, and every time I hear his contagious laughter or experience his resilience and kindness, I realize that in finding him, I have, in so many ways, found myself.
When I first shared my story, I hoped that doing so might help to change the lives of some of the 7,000 children who remain enslaved on the dark waters of Lake Volta. That has certainly happened. Through the generosity of complete strangers, our nonprofit organization, Touch a Life Foundation, has been able to rescue more than 90 additional children from slavery, ranging in age from 5 to 21. While each of them is now well on his way to recovery, the idea that there are still so many children enslaved in Ghana gets me up every morning and pushes me to keep working. We haven't saved every child—not yet—but it's a start.
But something else has happened that I never expected.
Posted: Sun 01/01/2012 10:10 AM
Posted: Sun 01/01/2012 10:02 AM
This week, join Oprah for a little breathing space on the coast of Central California. She describes the beauty of the ocean and reminds us to stay connected with others, just like the message in Tom Shadyac's documentary, I Am. Visit the California coast now!
What will you do today to strengthen your connections? Share your comments below.
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