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Posted: Sun 07/21/2013 02:00 PM
What is the definition of "soul" to Sarah Ban Breathnach? Whom would she most like to thank and forgive? Watch as Sarah and Oprah discuss life's big questions, and Sarah completes some of Oprah's sentences in a thought-provoking exercise. Plus, the greatest gift Sarah says Apple's Steve Jobs left behind.
Posted: Sun 07/21/2013 02:00 PM
She appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show nine times and is the reason Oprah writes in her gratitude journal today. Sarah Ban Breathnach was a freelance writer living paycheck to paycheck before writing Simple Abundance, a book that helped millions of women find gratitude in every moment. The book went on to sell 7 million copies and also became one of Oprah's Favorite Things.
After more than two years on The New York Times bestseller list made Sarah a publishing superstar. Soon, she was trading six-figure royalty checks for trips on the Concorde jet, Marilyn Monroe's fur coats and designer shoes in every color. Sir Isaac Newton's chapel became her private writing studio.
But then, the money began to dwindle, Sarah says, because of excessive spending, bad investments and a costly divorce. Three years ago, Sarah found herself on her sister's doorstep with nothing but a suitcase and her cat, Mikey.
Now, 15 years later, she says she has lost it all—her love, her home and her way. Still, it took losing everything to help her find herself. Watch parts of Oprah and Sarah's conversation and find out what she has gained by losing it all.
After an intervention from her daughter, Sarah left her husband and found herself on her sister's doorstep. Watch as Oprah and Sarah discuss why money is more than just what's in your bank account—it's a metaphor for your own self worth.
Sarah says she experienced a fall, but never a fall from grace. Watch as she tells Oprah how she's doing today and find out what she says her greatest spiritual takeaway is from this experience.
Posted: Fri 07/19/2013 12:00 AM
Before then, Sarah shares 10 simple truths that can start a positive transformation in your life. Which truth most speaks to you? Share it below in comments.
1. Gratitude is the most transformative force in the cosmos, because gratitude is love. Sarah says, "When our hearts are broken, we don't think we have much to be thankful for. We don't have to be smiling when we say 'Thank you.'"
2. Your happiness increases the happiness of everyone who knows you. "We have so much. All we have is all we need. All we need is the awareness of how blessed we really are."
3. Whether we live passionately or not is a choice we make. When writers write, the most important emotion is conveyed between the lines. "I want to live in between the lines, where the depth is."
Posted: Wed 07/17/2013 12:00 AM
By Sarah Ban Breathnach
"Art must take reality by surprise." — Françoise Sagan
The painting is small enough to cradle in your hands. Incredibly simple—an isolated white cup, saucer and silver spoon. But the astonishing power of its quiet restraint never fails to move me. The first time I saw the French painter Henri Fantin-Latour's still life White Cup and Saucer, painted in 1864, I turned to a complete stranger and said, "How dear!" The startled man looked at me, then at the painting, smiled and said, "Yes, you're right. It is quite dear. Isn't that a lovely word to describe a painting."
Isn't this a lovely word to describe our lives? For this is what I want each of us to inscribe tonight in the gratitude journal of our hearts: "Thank you for my dear life today!"
For whatever reason, "dear" is the word I associate with still-life paintings—groupings of objects such as fruit, flowers, dishes and books. Perhaps it is because the still-life artist bestows such affection and reverence on the trivial, the ordinary, the everyday, that this loving exuberance simply leaps off the canvas and grabs hold of my soul. Attention must be paid, life says, through the artist's brushstrokes.
Posted: Mon 07/15/2013 12:00 AM
Sarah Ban Breathnach's book, Simple Abundance, sold five million copies in the United States and another two million abroad. It was on The New York Times bestseller list for nearly two years. Watch as Sarah reflects on that impressive run and how she felt when it ended.
Tune in for the encore presentation of Oprah's interview with Sarah Sunday at 11 a.m. ET/PT, only on OWN.
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