Super Soul Sunday
Sundays at 11 a.m. ET/PT
Posted: Thu 11/01/2012 08:00 AM
Now more than ever before, anxiety about loss of income has replaced the sense of abundance and fulfillment. Most of our fears about not having "enough" are about money and time. But what about a lack of emotional fulfillment, a lack of love, a lack of creative solutions? Abundance is all-embracing. At least it should be.
The most crucial thing to understand is that abundance begins in the mind. Do you believe you only lack something because you haven't yet found a creative way to solve the problem? Or do you believe there's never enough to go around, unfair stuff happens, and there's not much you can do about it?
Choosing a belief system that cultivates abundance is crucial. But how do we do it? The simplest way to look at this—and also the most productive—is to recognize that you are always processing your life. There is input and output, forming a feedback loop. Input is the term for all the experiences that come your way during the day, while output is all your responses: your thoughts, words and actions. You are the one who oversees both. You sift through the input, evaluate it and take what you like, while rejecting what you don't like. Nothing is more crucial than your contribution to the feedback loop: You are the one who colors everything that comes your way, using intention, belief, expectation, wishes, hopes, dreams and fears. No input is neutral, because you are emotionally invested in your experiences. At the other end of the process, when you produce output, you again color it the same way. Your thoughts, words and actions indicate how involved you are in your life. Thus the circle of personal reality is shaped, every minute of every day.
Abundance reveals itself when you build a feedback loop that can accept and build upon what life has to offer. Look at the familiar story of lottery winners who are worse off 10 years after their sudden windfall. Why? Because they couldn't adapt. They processed life on a limited scale, and suddenly they were asked to process millions of dollars, massive attention, public exposure and the demands of people around them. Unless you have prepared the way, abundance itself can turn into a drain on you. The secret is to constantly build in small steps, taking advantage of small victories by using them to create your own belief system, one that can accept higher and higher levels of opportunity. Here are a few guidelines that you can use...
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Posted: Wed 10/31/2012 08:00 AM
Twenty minutes of meditating each day can improve your health, clear your mind and help you find inner peace and infinite happiness. Still, Deepak Chopra says if you are finding reasons not to meditate, you might be making excuses that could "ruin your life."
We caught up with Deepak backstage to ask him how to bust through the six most common excuses for not making meditation part of a daily routine. Whether you think you just don't have the time—or you can't stop fidgeting—Deepak has solutions for you! Watch to find out what they are.
Deepak is offering a special 21-day meditation course in which he'll be your teacher. Sign up here! Also, tune into "Super Soul Sunday" this week at 11 a.m. ET/PT for Meditation 101 with Deepak. You can watch it on OWN—or streaming worldwide on Oprah.com or Facebook.com/SuperSoulSunday.
Posted: Mon 10/29/2012 12:00 AM
"Super Soul Sunday" is back for an all-new season! In the season premiere, Oprah sits down with renowned thought leader Deepak Chopra for Meditation 101. He answers viewer questions about this spiritual practice and introduces his new 21-Day Meditation Challenge. Watch a sneak preview above and catch a glimpse of the new season. Then, tune in November 4 at 11 a.m. ET/PT.
Posted: Sun 10/28/2012 02:00 PM
Described by the media as intensely private, Michael Singer is known for two very different roles—founder of a multimillion-dollar software company and spiritual author.
Oprah was first introduced to Michael when a friend recommended his book, The Untethered Soul. "[When] I started reading, I didn't put the book down," she says. "I've now shared it with I can't tell you how many people and couldn't wait to be able to share it with everybody else."
Now, in his first television interview ever, Michael sits down with Oprah to talk about how he found inner peace and happiness and why he says any one of us can find the same things in our own lives.
Finding inner peace starts with recognizing that the voice inside your head that expresses doubt and worry is not you—it's your deeper consciousness. Find out how Michael first realized what that voice was and how to separate what you're not from what you are:
Michael also says spiritual growth can be achieved by silencing negative thoughts. Watch his solution for regaining inner peace when those thoughts become distracting.
Michael says change is the nature of life, so why are we so afraid of it? Watch as he explains how to let that fear go:
When a problem presents itself, Micahsel says to imagine that issue as a thorn. You have two options—keep the thorn in and feel the pain or remove the thorn altogether and never think about it again. Find out how to identify and remove the thorn in your life.
Posted: Fri 10/26/2012 08:00 AM
I was pleased to see that they had read The Untethered Soul and gotten a lot from the book. Our discussions always seemed to come down to "Are there some concise tips for everyday life that would accelerate spiritual growth and awakening?" To augment my discussions with Oprah during the "Super Soul Sunday" interview, I thought I'd share my 12-Step Guide to Spiritual Awakening.
- Michael Singer
1. Realize that you are in there.
You must first come to realize that you are in there. From deep inside, you are experiencing this world. You are experiencing your physical body, your thoughts and your emotions. You are conscious and you are experiencing what it is like to be human.
2. Realize that you are not okay in there.
Look to see what's going on inside. If you want to understand why you've done everything you have ever done, if you want to see what's really going on, just observe your mind and emotions—just experience your inner state. If you objectively look, you will see that you are never completely at peace. You will see that you are not okay in there.
3. Realize that you're always trying to be okay. At any point when you look at the state of your inner being, you will see that something is bothering you. You will then notice that this causes urges, drives and impulses to do something about it. You will find yourself constantly trying to either get something or avoid something. All of this is done in an attempt to be okay.
4. Realize that your mind has taken on the job of figuring out how everything needs to be for you to be okay. If you watch, you will see that your mind is always telling you what you should and should not do, what others should and should not do, and how things should and should not be. All of this is the mind's attempt to first create a conceptual model of what would make you okay, and then try to get the outside world to match it.
Get the next 8 steps in Michael's 12-Step Guide to Spiritual Awakening
Then, watch Oprah and Michael's complete interview Sunday at 11 a.m. ET/PT.